Hello fellow hair loss sufferers. I was diagnosed with androgenetic alopecia when I was around 21. So I’ve been suffering with this for 30 years. For the majority of my life I have had a wide part. Now I’m reaching menopause age and the thinning seems to have accelerated in the past year. I’ve never done too much to try and address it. I part my hair on the side. Early on I tried Nioxin but it didn’t do much for me and dried out my hair. I’ve always been too scared to try Rogaine due to the initial shedding. I talked to my doctor about it and she gave me a referral to a dermatologist. I haven’t made an appointment yet. I feel like I have to do something because it is getting wispy now and I am getting increasingly despondent about it. I am leaning towards finding a wig, although I have no idea how to go about this. One hairdresser pressured me into buying one that was expensive and looks pretty terrible. I haven’t worn it. I have been to another wig shop about 300 miles from where I live and found one I kind of liked. Wasn’t ready to buy it that day as it was expensive, but still plan to go again when I get the time. One issue I have with wearing a wig is how my mean coworkers will react to it. They are already hostile towards me and I’m sure this will give them some more ammo. I know I shouldn’t care but my self-confidence is already in the tank from having lived with this problem for so long. Basically I am pretty much a shut-in these days. Don’t go anywhere except to the grocery store and work. I am unmarried and have never really had the confidence to date because of this. I was involved with a terrible man a couple years ago who continually pointed out my hair loss and told me I needed to use Rogaine (among other critiques of my appearance). I hate feeling so uncomfortable with myself. I work with women from a culture where the majority have thick, long, beautiful hair, and I just feel inadequate. In some ways I feel pretty shallow worrying about this, there are a lot more serious problems people have, but I am envious of those who never have to worry about it. Anyway I guess I will read here in hopes of learning something that might help.