Hi there, I', 29 years old have been diagnosed with Androgenetic Alopecia about a month and a half ago. My derma put me on 0.5 mg oral Minoxidil and 25mg Spironolactone. I'm looking to see what people's experience of this has been. I first noticed that I was shedding more hair about a year and a half ago. I chalked it up to having longer hair as I normally have short hair. At the time I was shedding about 25 hairs during my wash. This doesn't sound like a lot but I never shed more than 10 noticeable hairs during a shower in my life. Then about 3 months ago I started to notice a lot more hair falling out it seemed to vary each day. Some days I would lose 25 hairs in the shower other days over 50. I started getting worried but most people in my life said I was imagining it. I was also getting burning aching sensations in my scalp. Finally some days I was shedding near 100 hairs and I went to see my derma who was treating me for acne at the same time. The blood test showed that everything was normal except that my testosterone was a little high. Nothing new to me as I have PCOS. The doctor took one look at my scalp and said Androgenetic Alopecia. And I was devastated. I think I was having daily panic attacks and crying every day for a week. When I got my minoxidil tablets, I felt some of the stress dissipate cause I could now do something about it. At the same time my scalp did not burn as much or ache (for the moment these symptoms have disappeared entirely) so I assumed those were stress and tension related. But at the same time my hair loss was increasing even before I started Minoxidil. Good days have gone from 25 hairs loss in a shower to 50 hairs. Bad days was anywhere between 70 and 100. I have recently decided to cut my hair short so that I notice less in the shower and don't stress out as much. I now have officially been on treatment for 4 weeks. I have noticed however now I am losing on average 70+ hairs on wash days and 20+ hairs on normal days when I comb my hair. This is a large increase. I know that Dread Shed might be the cause of this but am feeling wary. This is mostly because I can now see my scalp at my hairline and this was not the case before. Can anyone tell me if they have had the same treatment and if this is normal? I am trying to not stress as much as I know it can just make the situation worst I was enduring an immense amount of stress during the two years prior to this). But I'm finding it difficult as none of my family or friends seem to understand how devastating this can be (All women in my family have been luckily blessed with thick amazing hair) and keep telling me it's in my head or that its because I've done something to my hair. I am also getting a bit worried as I seem to see a lot of negative experiences on Minoxidil (Mostly topical). Help?