Hi everyone. I have recession and diffuse thinning (hair falling out), due to (I believe) perimenopause. I haven't really started on something...I'm a little afraid of side effects. My doctor gave me oral finasteride, and oral minoxidil. I have topical minoxidil, too. I've been reading about combining the topical finasteride and topical minoxidil; I've also read about taking oral minoxidil and oral finasteride. Can someone help me with the best combo? Most effective, fewest side effects? Or is it a total crapshoot? Thanks for advice!!!