Hi all. I'd like to introduce myself after lurking for a long time (I once registered but forgot my info). :$ I started to lose hair on the sides of my head a few years ago. After some negative experiences with dismissive physicians I finally got one at a walk-in clinic to refer me to a dermatologist. The dermatologist was awful to me and in hindsight I should've just picked up my purse and left but she told me I had androgenetic alopecia without any blood tests or a scalp biopsy. She put me on sprionolactone and yasmin but after almost 2 years I could no longer deal with the side effects or the fact that I had a new bald spot growing right in the front of my head so I went off the medications. I went to go see another dermatologist for an unrelated issue and she had me tested for a whole bunch of things that no one else ever bothered with. Because of her, my new physician has put me on levothyroxine for hypothyroidism and b12 injections for a deficiency. I have no idea how long my issues were going on but THANK GOD for her. My physician also sent me to a new dermatologist for my hair loss. She did a scalp biopsy and the result came back as a mixture of telogen effluvium and androgenetic alopecia. I was told allowing the underlying cause of telogen effluvium to go untreated can lead to an early start to androgenetic alopecia so that's probably what happened there. She has put me on 5% foam rogaine. TL;DR: Good and thorough doctors make all the difference in the world!