5 years ago I started a new form of birth control a hormonal iud , within 3-4 months I noticed terrible thinning and shedding - had the iud removed and waited for my hair to return to normal,-it never did. Finally after trying and waiting for a year for my hair to return to normal I saw a dermatologist - she prescribed Rogaine. I rejected this , I did not want to spend the rest of my life dependent on Rogaine and decided to go the “ “‘Natural route”, tried oils and massages , conditioners , elixirs - nothing worked. By this time my hair was so thin I could only wear a ponytail and was not improving . Went to see a tricologist in NY, a naturopath in Connecticut , and another dermatologist and endocrinologist in New Jersey . I was diagnosed with andronergic alopecia- again Rogaine was recommended - I tried it after 3 weeks had dread shed and stopped it completely . Now my hair was worse than when I started . I was so depressed , I’d cry , and get out of any social engagement I could . I tried weaves and wigs and continued to wear my hair back in a ponytail . I read everything I could online , product reviews , forums ,you tube , anything about hair loss I finally decided I would try Rogaine again , brought a laser cap , and hair vitamin and said I would try all 3 for 6 months and not stop no matter what shedding occurred . I endured the shedding , I said it was part of the process and pressed on . After 6 months I could feel my hair thicken , found a short hair cut I liked and cut it short ( which was a huge leap of faith as my ponytail allowed me to hide a lot of hair flaws). I started to get compliments on my hair -when people would give them I would look around because I could not believe they were talking to me . I had not had a compliment on my hair in almost 6 years , it was unfamiliar to me now. My hair was not where it was before the andronergic alopecia but it was better and at least looked healthier , there are still problem areas and thinner spots but overall is in better condition . So much so that over the summer I stopped focusing on my hair and stopped following my regimen for about 3 months - I started to see my hair revert , shedding more and thinning once again . I immediately started back , I do not want to depend on anything to keep my hair , but the reality is I have a condition and like other conditions that need medical interventions , i have to stay on the regimen to see results or the condition will progress. I hope my story gives someone hope or courage - it’s the feeling hopeless and helpless that’s the worse, Hating to walk past a mirror or make up lame excuses to get out of a graduation or anniversary party and feeling guilty or vain for not being able to get over it . I’m not saying this regimen will help everyone , but keep trying until you find something that does .