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Using Rogaine to help TE regrowth/recovery...

Discussion in 'Women's General Hair Loss Discussions' started by hairtothere, Jun 18, 2015.

  1. hairtothere

    hairtothere Established Member

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    Has anyone used Rogaine successfully to help speed regrowth/recovery from TE specifically, if so what was your TE trigger?

    My Derm. recommended I use Rogaine to boost recovery and I am/was terrified to go through the dread shed. My hair loss never reached "critical mass" where I felt I didn't have much left to lose. I have alway had hair covering my scalp and could get by and now have a decent enough recovery that it is looking better than when my TE seemed to let up. Part of me is a bit greedy and thinks Rogaine can really help me get my formerly thick hair back, and the other part is thinking I should be happy with what I've got.

    Anyone have thoughts or advice?
     
  2. DonnaL

    DonnaL Established Member

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    If you are going through a single TE episode (meaning you know your trigger), I personally would not use Rogaine. I would let it run it's course because the TE will end if it was triggered by something specific that isn't ongoing.
     
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    I agree with Donna. I had a stress-induced TE episode 2 years ago, but it was pretty obvious it unmasked Androgenetic Alopecia. It took a while before I had a biopsy (first derm didn't even mention it), but I have obvious family history as well. If the derm didn't suggest underlying Androgenetic Alopecia and you don't have family history (especially from a female) I'd hold off. I showed slow but steady recovery from TE and noticed a big improvement at 18 months. It can take years, depending on how much you lost. My recovery wasn't what it should be, however, due to already miniaturized follicles.
     
  4. Nerak

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    Me! My shed had a few obvious triggers that I've spoken about before and I did think there was a bit of Androgenetic Alopecia in the mix.

    the shed didn't bother me as I was already in pretty bad shape with very little left to lose.

    the problem is that now I don't know if my hair would have recovered without the minoxidil and I'm terrified to stop. In many ways I do wish I would have waited it out a bit. On the other hand maybe getting onto it quickly was the key to my success?

    Sorry, not very helpful, is it!
     

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