Hi to all. This is a fantastic site. I'm so glad I found it. I've spent hours reading and learning - and realizing that I'm not alone. I'm a 48 year old woman with androgenetic alopecia. It started last summer, but I just saw my doctor, and then a dermatologist, over the last couple of weeks. My hair is thinning all over, especially the top of my head. I don't have to tell anyone here what a nightmare this is. The dermatologist suggested Rogaine 5%. She said it works better for women than the 2%, although I'm reading the opposite here. I've been using Rogaine for a week now. I bought a one-month supply. This week, CVS is having a sale on their brand of 5% Minoxidil. Buy one, get the other for half price. The CVS brand is cheaper than Rogaine to begin with, so this would be a substantial savings. I'm wondering if the product is as effective. If anyone can help me with this, I would be very appreciative.