Success story: 10 Years + of battling (from age 19 to 29) Hi guys, I thought I would finally make one of my first posts on these forums as I am highly grateful for all the help I have gotten over the last years. I started loosing my hair very aggressively at the age of 19 already and this really hit my moral very hard (probably even somewhat of a depression). My dad was already a norwood 5 by the age of 23 so I knew that from a gene point of view I was ****ed. I instantly started using minoxidil 5% two times a day. I was way too affraid of finasteride due to all the reported side effects. After 3 months, my aggressive hairloss had lead me to the point where one could see my whole scalp (picture 1 at still just 19..). Then by month 4-5, I noticed my hairloss finally started to stabilize which was without a doubt the minoxidil starting to work. I then eventually managed to refill my "recent losses" and reached at the 1 year mark almost what I had in the beginning before the loss started. I continued this regime for another 3.5 years (so 4.5 in total) while loosing very little hair. In addition, I had absolutely NO side effects. I should however specify that i use a minoxidil without any propylene glycol. I believe I am somewhat alergic to this substance so I have my pharmacist prepare me a version with glycerine instead. At age 23.5, I felt my hair was possibly starting to weaken. It seems like my hair is a bit weaker in the fall but this time I started to worry about it. After a lot of hesitation, I bit the bullet and started finasteride at a dosage of 0.25mg. I continued this regimen for 4 months with absolutely no side effects. My hair possibly slightly improved but again not quite sure. At this point I increased my dosage to 0.5mg. I am now 25 and have been on finasteride for 1.5years with absolutely NO side effects at all. My hair is without a doubt better than what it was at 19. I feel I have managed to beat nature considering I probably would have been norwood 4 or 5 by now like my father. I am probably a norwood 1.5 instead!!! I think my excellent results are probably due to the fact that I am an excellent responder to minoxidil and above average responder to finasteride. I have seen so many friends with full heads of hair "catch up" with me, pass me and then go bald during my 6 year journey it is really mind blowing. I attached a few photos below! Best, Jeremy Edit: Also maybe worth mentionning that I have done extensive blood work analyses before starting finasteride, at the 0.25mg dosage and at the 0.5mg dosage. As it is often said in the theory, my DHT levels are more or less the same at the 0.25mg and 0.5mg dosages (and about down 70% from pre treatement).