Merry - do you have children? If so - what happened with your condition during and after childbirth? Were you ever on any medication (mainly bcps) I get a lot of flack on this site because I won't "treat" my condition with the various drugs out there. The fact of the matter is I'm scared. I really hate to clutter this issue with lots of drugs that have lots of side effects. Then I'll always be second guessing - "is it this or that drug making it worse or was it getting worse anyway, etc" I just feel (and have always felt) that something is not right with me health-wise....and that this conditon (whether it be TE,Androgenetic Alopecia, or diffuse Alopecia Areata) is the warning sign my body is trying to deliver. Bottom line I just don't think hormone alteration (bcps) or a drug for the prostate (Propecia) is going to get my hormones back on track. Even if it gets me hair what will it be doing to my general health while doing so. I think this is more of an immunity issue - which may very well be causing a hormonal disruption at the same time. I know I am losing time along with the hair...but I just can't seem to fgure out what is best for me. I have become (like many others) devastated by this. I feel it has cheated me out of so much happiness. I am 38 and at this time had wanted to be pregnant with my second child. This condtion has robbed me of that. My husband and I agree that while I very well might be physically healthy enough to conceive and carry a child I am not mentally wel enough should this continue to progress as it seems to be doing. Throughout this my my faith has been tested as well as my marriage, job and other close relationsheps (friends) I am breathing...but not living and no matter how much I try I just can't seem to come to grips with this emotionally. I don't know where to turn at this point. Thanks for listening.... G PS - I went and gotsoe Zrytec yesterday (10mg). It knocked me out last night!