Hi guys! So like most of you I’ve read a lot of these posts & never really thought about sharing until now. As a warning this is a bit lengthy, so feel free to skim or skip any or all of it. As sort of a background I started noticing my hairline receding at 21 or 22. I tried to talk myself out of it & ignore the problem for about a year until I was 23 & about a Norwood 2.5 or 3. So far I’ve not experienced any hair loss on the crown at all. When I was 23ish I decided to start taking 1MG of finasteride daily (I’m pretty sure I was just prescribed the generic version). I took that religiously for about 1.5 years & it did a great job of halting my hair loss, but not really anything as far as restoration. I also experienced no side effects from Finasteride apart from my semen being a little runnier. Like most of us I worried for my erections, but I haven’t personally experienced any issues in that department (could be my age or maybe I’m just lucky). I also never experienced the scary shed that everyone talks about, but maybe it’s worth mentioning I’ve never noticed hair shedding before starting Finasteride either. It was just a gradual recession for me. So almost 6 months ago (after finally coming to the realization that my hair wasn’t coming back on its own) I decided to take the leap & try using 5% minoxidil foam (Rogaine) twice daily (this is in addition to taking Finasteride & also using 1% ketoconozale shampoo (Nizoral) every other day, which I’ve done since the beginning). I was actually surprised at how easily I was able to incorporate Rogaine into my schedule. Mornings are a lot easier for me because I shower before work, but doing it at night is kinda great too because it makes me better at my other before bed chores like brushing my teeth & washing my face (which I will admit I wasn’t always the best at). I might post some pictures later on if requested (kinda nervous lol). I have some from the day I started using Rogaine, about 3 months in, & about 6 months in (which is where I’m at now). I saw the biggest difference about 3 months in & I believe it’s gotten slightly better since then. I may have seen all of the results I’m going to get already, but everyone says to give it a year to see maximum results, so we shall see. So far I have yet to experience any side effects from Rogaine at all (no itchy, red scalp or shedding). I think the biggest thing I had to get over before trying any hair loss remedy is that I was going to somehow make my problem worse or jump start a problem that wasn’t there. From my experience, that has not been the case for any hair loss remedy I’ve tried (Finasteride, Nizoral, & Rogaine). It’s scary taking the leap, but I’m so glad I did & I hope that my post can help you guys that are on the fence about starting this regimen. Everyone is different & different things work for different people, but this seems to work for me & I believe it’s worth a shot if you’re in the same boat I was. Thanks for reading guys!