Let me briefly introduce myself. I am 27 and I first noticed my hair loss two years ago (when i was 25). But not until last month I didn't consult any doctors or receive any treatment. I've got Propecia but I still haven't taken it for the first time.
The doctor has concluded that I am of male pattern loss ( I am not sure about the exact name) after a very very rough examination with just a few touch of my hair by his bare hand. He assigned me a box of Propecia , mentioning that I would only know if it is useful after a continual use in one year.
These days I've been researching on web about the topic, that includes lots of webpages and forums, etc.. there are quite a number of people saying that Propecia is not useful or even completely useless to them, I remember I once encountered an online journal which even suggested that long-term use of Propecia might lead to cancer. ( I forget where it was). In fact, my biggest concern is - once I stop using Propecia, the situation of my hair will become even worse because Propecia is in fact a "chemical", which is not natural.
I am now really hesitated about that.
I start to smoke when I was 20, drink (alcohol) heavily since 23, and first found my hair loss when I was 25, and now 27. I don't know how much my past lifestyle accounts for my today's hair situation but I've already given up smoking and drinking for a month and I'll insist that. However, I am now in a situation that I am psychologically resistant to Propecia.
Now, I have a few questions to ask.
1. Do you think Propecia is worth using?
2. If I don't use Propecia but I give up all the bad habits (I can do it) , eat healthily and exercise daily, do you think this is a better plan?
In fact, I always feel that it is the best solution to hair loss but I don't know how long it will take to "know" whether this is a useful method or not and I don't know if I am just too "innocent" or have underestimated the logic of hair loss. I don't necessarily need to gain back my hair but I just hope the current situation will not deteriorate.
3. I know that, even if I use Propecia, I will have some days I forget to use it for some reasons, and I will stop using it when I get married for sake of my baby. (in less than 5 years I will marry)
I hope someone will help me with my confusion. I've got a headache every day about the matter. Thank you.