Hi there. I'm new to contributing to these type of sites, but I felt compelled. About 7 years ago I was diagnosed with AGA after a scalp biopsy for thinning hair at my hairline. I was given the test results and walked to the door. No follow up or plan of action was even recommended. Fast forward a few years - I've had two children and had your typical shedding after each birth. I didn't notice more than normal shedding up until 2 years ago. I used to have a "infamous" head of thick coarse hair. I would actually complain about it being too thick (oh, if I could go back in time). My entire family is plagued with this type of hair except for my maternal grandfather who was very "thin on top." I have been to the dermatologist who originally told me there was nothing she could do for me, but "in ten years maybe they'll have another treatment." I left feeling horrible. I spoke with my OBGYN PA who told me to "embrace getting older. Everyone has to get their hair cut short and the odds of becoming completely bald are rare." I wanted to break down and cry right then and there. I returned to my dermatologist and requested spironolactone for hair loss. She said it would not work for me, but I told her I was struggling with some acne and miraculously she had a change of heart and gave me 50mg per day. She has since increased my dosage to 100 mg per day. It has been a year since the original dosage and roughly 1 month since the increase. So far, no good...I'm shedding like there is no tomorrow. This is beginning to effect me in ways I never thought possible. I look at EVERYONE'S hair and it seems like I see balding women EVERYWHERE! I dream about it and feel obsessed with looking for new growth. Two weeks ago I added Saw Palmetto, Zinc, Biotin, & Selenium. I was on Metoprolol for Mitral Valve prolapse which I discontinued since a rare side effect is hair loss. I also take natural vegetable laxatives for IBS-C and am trying a FODMAP diet for food sensitivities. My most recent blood work indicated that I'm on the low normal range for Hgb 12.1 and HCT 37.4. Where might I find a ferritin level or would it have to have been ordered as an "extra" test? I'm so sorry for the book, but everyone's posts are so helpful. Thanks for any input.