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Progress: Regarding The Bicalutamide & Hrt Regimen

Discussion in 'Success Stories' started by Ikarus, Oct 24, 2019.

  1. Ikarus

    Ikarus Senior Member My Regimen

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    I won’t go too much into detail, and would rather have this thread be based on visuals. But, a background story: initially, I started with estradiol and spironolactone in March, and then added dutasteride in April. I discontinued the use of spironolactone in late May due to side effects (e.g. vertigo, tiredness, nausea) and switched to bicalutamide. Ultimately, I have been using estradiol for seven months, dutasteride for six months and bicalutamide for five months.

    Progress

    Before

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    Month Two: Dutasteride Shed :(


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    Month Four: Improvements

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    Month Five: Improvements

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    Month Six: Compare to Before Pictures

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    (Parting Image: that’s the parting if the new hairs are pushed down instead of sticking up)

    - Month 6.5:

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    Dilemma

    Nowadays, my goal is to improve the frontal area; that area in particular was hit the hardest. It’s an unusual situation, since the hairline has improved significantly and has thickened more than the frontal. The areas which have had the greatest improvements in density are the vertex, mid-sections and hairline, in particular. Due to the severity of the frontal, it’s expected that the area will take approximately five more months to reach a desirable improvement (which will be my one year mark). If there is an improvement earlier than the approximate, that will be noted here along with images.
     
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  2. NW3.141592

    NW3.141592 New Member My Regimen

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    Nice progress! Happy for your results!
    p.s. A little bit jelaous
     
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    Derelict Senior Member My Regimen

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    Great results ikarus, glad you decided to share your progress on this forum, gives hope to a lot of people. How bad would you say your gyno is on this regimen?
     
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    Soon you'll have a full head of hair!
     
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  5. Ikarus

    Ikarus Senior Member My Regimen

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    Thank you!

    It’s not bad at all, it’s on the minor side. It’s like a tanner stage two, although it’s expected to get worse.
     
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    Derelict Senior Member My Regimen

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    Is your density still really good when your hair is wet or have you still got a bit to go in that regard? Glad you only have minor gyno even if it's a side that doesn't bother you much.
     
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  7. Ikarus

    Ikarus Senior Member My Regimen

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    It’s the same again, with the frontal being the issue when wet. Although, wet hair isn’t a good indicator for dictating the density of my hair, especially since the colour is dark.
     
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    Me Vs DiffuseThinning Experienced Member My Regimen

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    Very nice.
     
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    Cool results. I'm currently on 25mg bica ED with topical bi-estro. So basically a lesser version of this regimen. Not much to speak of as far as sides go so far (v. mild gyno) after two months. hopefully I can keep the sides low and see some results.
     
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    Ikarus Senior Member My Regimen

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    What ADT effects are you noticing? E.g. decrease in sebum production, skin softening.

    And, that’s great; hopefully you will see some results. Are you using a 5AR inhibitor? When using lower doses of bicalutamide, it is recommendable since it lessens the competition.
     
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    I've not noticed any of that tbh. but I had a course of accutane about 8 years ago so I don't think there's much to decrease, and have taken good care of my skin for a long time with stolen korean skincare tech (because of the aforementioned accutane course) so my skin's in good shape.

    I take dutasteride sporadically. I've taken it for a long time (years) with no good results, so while I'm still taking it, I tend to forget because of how ineffective it's been in the past.
     
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    Ikarus Senior Member My Regimen

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    You definitely should add it back in, it will make bicalutamide more effective.
     
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    Moosey Established Member My Regimen

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    I wish i could buy estro cream easily from somewhere. E2 really is so powerful when it comes to hairloss
     
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    Jordaniel New Member My Regimen

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    I can see the progress but such hard to view angles. Could we get an angle that shows just a bit more?
     
  15. Ikarus

    Ikarus Senior Member My Regimen

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    Unfortunately, no more pictures will be shown until March, 2020. It's not because I don't want to, but my hair is currently buzz-cut and too short to show a middle parting. It's improving, but the same issue is there with the frontal being the thinnest. I will put an example image of the area which is struggling.

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    Within the area highlighted in pink, it's thinner than the rest. I suspect that it's because that area was the thinnest to start off with, so my prediction of it taking till March is still intact. It's emotionally draining and unsettling, but thank god for hair fibres.
     
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    Jordaniel New Member My Regimen

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    Does your scalp skin feel more plush?
     
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    Ikarus Senior Member My Regimen

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    Plush?
     
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    Jordaniel New Member My Regimen

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    Sorry, does the thin areas of your scalp (presumably where you were balding) feel thicker or anything? My thin areas are noticeably thin skin
     
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    Ikarus Senior Member My Regimen

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    I don't understand what you mean... Do you mean scalp tension? In that case, my scalp does feel less tense.
     
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    Ikarus Senior Member My Regimen

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    Estro cream?
     

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