Hello everyone, So I think I’ve reached a point on my hair loss journey where I don’t want to keep hoping it’s just a TE and my hair will start growing back on its own. A little background and timeline: Am 30 years old with medical background (and believe me it doesn’t make things easier, in the contrary). June 2015: started a new BCP, a lot of stress, crush diet. December 2015: That’s when I noticed my hair loss. At that point I’ve lost already 50% of my hair and it all happened in two months why I didn’t notice before, I have no idea. I was shocked looking at the mirror one day, I had long hair, and the ends were so thin that’s practically my pony tail was inexistent. I’ve been losing 150-300 hairs/day. What I did: I booked an urgent appointment with a dermatologist. He wasn’t specialized in hair loss but then I didn’t know much. He diagnosed me with acute TE, said it was stress, he didn’t believe it was my bcp. (I did). My ferritin level was 30; he said it’s normal and started me on a multivitamin just to help my growing hairs. And that’s it. January 2016: At that point I started my research on hair loss, I was confident that yes it was consistent with TE. I cut my hair very short; it was cute actually and got me many compliments! I forgot to say that since day one I had a lot of regrowth, and I still do. Seeing a lot of healthy growing hairs gave me more confidence, I was reassured that it’s going to be fixed. My ends were thin but the hair on my scalp was better, thanks to all that regrowing hairs. May-June 2016: the shedding stopped/slowed down! I was losing 50-80 /day YEY I was very happy. Got back to my hair dresser for another trim. He told me that my density was way better especially on my scalp (My ends were still pathetic). And that’s it: I stopped counting hairs. I stopped looking at the mirror all day. I stopped taking dozens of pictures of my hair per day. I wanted to live my life normally and I was reassured. Also I had a lot going on in my carrier and I needed to focus on that. Needless to say that I stopped taking the vitamins and went back on my crappy diet. MAY-June 2017: Yep one year letter. I become obsessed with my hair again. Why? I don’t know maybe because I broke up with my boyfriend and I was self-conscious again. My hair was better in fact. It’s getting better I guess, but my hair is not back at the way it looked prior to all this, it’s not even close. and I noticed that am still losing a lot of hair, no idea since when because I wasn’t counting but now it’s 100-120/ day which is a lot for me. And am losing a lot of the regrowth and some thinner hairs. And my hair is so thin, I can see my scalp. The temples were the most hit, I’ve read that it’s seen in TE and CTE. But I have a severe recession in my right temple! What I did : blood test ! Ferritin 22, TSH normal, hormones normal. I saw three dermatologists since june 2017. No one was able to help me. The first one said it is Androgenetic Alopecia at first but he’s not sure, he then after examining my hair up close, told me that no in fact it’s probably CTE! And that I’ve already lost 30% of my hair. He was the most unpleasant person I had to deal with, insensitive and just horrible and I hated him and will never go back to see him The second dermatologist told me it’s probably CTE and that she’s not seeing signs of Androgenetic Alopecia; she didn’t’ perform dermatoscopy. So I didn’t’ believe her obviously and went to see a third dermatologist who wasn’t much of a help neither. He told I had nothing but still prescribed rogain. Well he was the only one to prescribe it but he didn’t even believe I am losing hair! NOW I am lost. I’ve been taking vitamins, iron tablets since first of June 2017 and am on jasmine since May 2016. I’m still losing hair. My part in the back is getting wider. I have a cowlick and it it’s much visible these days. But all my hair is thinner even in the back. Am losing shorter hairs and thinner short hairs but from all my head even the back! This is odd but who knows, in female hair loss nothing is sure! I want to believe it’s another TE or CTE or TE with multiple triggers that it’s my crappy diet and ferritin level but I can’t. I am so scared, I barely sleep, am looking to my hair all day long. I hate this. I hate that for the last year i didn’t keep track of what’s happening. My hair some days looks good and other days looks horrible. Even the pictures, it depends on the light and the angle of the picture so I don’t know how bad it’s getting. And what scares me most is that am not doing anything to stop it. That brings me to today, I decided I will start rogain and see what happens. I don’t know if I should start it now or in September when I get back from my vacation ( I am afraid it will get a lot worse with the initial shed and hence more visible and I don’t want that to happen on my vacation L). Any thoughts? Ideas? Similar stories? I am really lost I will continue to update my journey to help others and so I can receive some support and hear what you have to say!