Hi all, I just had an amazing holiday vacation and the day after I had an appointment to pick up my scalp biopsy results. The diagnosis turned out to be Lichen Planopilaris. I only started noticing my hair loss about 1 year ago. My boyfriend says he noticed it more than 2 years ago, but I was in denial, and also I couldn't really see it, because it was at the top of my head, and I thought it was just my hair was weird because it's curly, or because that day I didn't tidy it properly... In any case, I started investigating with my doctor in November last year. They first thought it could be low iron. I had tests, which showed it was low, but not so low to cause hair loss. Then moved on to visit the gynaecologist, since they suspected I might have PCOS. I had all sorts of tests, and it was confirmed I was clear on PCOS, which was a relief. They also gave me the POP, and I took it since January 2016. In March/April hair loss became much worse, every time I touched my hair I had a handful of hair. I got very worried and asked to visit a dermatologist. They said POP couldn't cause hair loss, but I quitted in June, as it was the only change in my life in the last months and blamed hair loss on it. I went then to the dermatologist and she recommended a biopsy. The appointment for it wouldn't be until end of July, so I decided I couldn't wait that long and went to a private clinic in London called The Belgravia Centre. There, a trichologist had a look at my hair and said I had Female Patter Hair Loss. It look quite plausible, since in the pics you could see some small smooth areas and miniaturised folicules in the areas where Female Pattern Hair Loss happens. She gave me minoxidil 5%. I applied it twice daily for about 5 weeks, until I had the biopsy done. Then I stopped until the biopsy wound healed (3 weeks). I knew about Minoxidil's shedding, but I couldn't really notice more hair than before was falling. In any case since I stopped taking it, I have noticed not much hair is falling anymore, which made me really optimistic. ...Until I had the biopsy result with a Lichen Planopilaris diagnosis The dermatologist didn't even take 2 minutes to explain. She gave me some scalp cream with steroids to take for three months, as well as mild antibiotics. I am seeing a private Dermatologist in London that seems to know about this condition, which the hope it will make things look a bit more optimistic. I have lost quite a lot of hair, specially on the top, but I still have a lot on as well. You can notice there are areas going bald, and some days looks alarming whilst other times I can comb over and hide it a little bit. I am quite shocked about these news, and so my boyfriend is. I feel terrible I didn't go to the doctor earlier, and also looking at the future, it all seems very bad. There is really no cure for this, and I can't afford to lose any more hair. I don't know if the treatment is OK, one can't take steroids for life, they have too many side effects. I called the Belgravia Center to tell them they misdiagnosed me, and they said in my pictures there is no sign of scars from LPP, and it's imposible I have that condition. That made me slightly optimistic, but I think is because I need some source of hope. Perhaps I have both conditions, LPP and Female Patter Hair Loss. I am really devastated and everyday when I wake up in the morning I realise it is not a nightmare and have a very hard time. Is there any one else out there with the same condition? Is there any hope? I am happy to have found a network like this where I can freely share my feelings about this. Thanks whoever created it.