I'm 49 and I have female pattern baldness (is it abbreviated FPB?). I've just given up on Rogaine, having used it for almost a year. Previous to that I tried one of the laser hair wands they sell on QVC - also ineffective. At first I was baffled by my hair loss - assumed it was a side effect of one of the meds I take - it wasn't. Then I remembered that I had an aunt who wore a wig, another aunt with only sparse fuzz on her head, and my grandmother wore a hairpiece/bun - all on my mom's side. With that realization I accepted the condition. My issue is that I've gotten no understanding from friends and family. All I want is validation that the condition s*cks. I don't cry over it, I'm not wallowing in self pity, and I don't complain. But they say "you can hardly see it," "I only notice it when you're sweating (after exercise)", "just wear a cute hat", "I've seen worse," "you focus too much on your appearance" . . . Meanwhile, based on the progression of the thinning over the past year, I figure I'm only about year away from needing to wear a wig. The thinning is all over the top of my head, with one area of my part an inch wide, barely concealed by just a few hairs. I already feel better reading the posts here.