hello, i'm a 24 year old 5th year medical student and i've been a sufferer of androgenetic alopecia since puberty, which would be 12 years or so. growing up i didn't have much knowledge or resources, so i couldn't do much about things, so i spent many years and much money fobbing around with useless and expensive topicals and supplements which didn't do anything. finally at 24 and having acquired medical wisdom, and realising that - rogaine - spironolactone - yasmin - propecia hadn't worked for me, only avodart was left and since no dermatologist was willing to prescribe it to me, i had to obtain it from an online pharmacy. i got mine from goldpharma, they are legit. i'll not expouse anymore in case anyone thinks this is some advert haha. my hair loss has stopped and now when i comb my hair in the morning i lose 5 strands? but the damage has already been done all these years and it's quite thin on the crown, shows in the sunlight. but whatever, i'll take what i can, and i feel tons more confident, and i no longer obsess over my strands, or what i could do about it, or what therapies i could try, or how i could style it, or berating god about what i ever did to deserve this, or bargaining with him to trade it for something else instead. i am much more productive, and i can actually stop focussing on my hair loss problem and start helping others around me. i suppose the purpose of this thread was to say that you shouldn't be afraid to try avodart because the warnings are only based on perceived harm to a fetus if a woman is pregnant. that is not a cogent reason to withhold treatment from a non-pregnant woman who is suffering a great deal from losing her hair. and lastly, if your doctor is unwilling to prescribe it to you, perhaps this is unethical of me, but there is always goldpharma. winks. and again, please be sure that your hair loss is of the androgentic alopecia type. I WISH HAIR LOSS WOULD JUST GO AWAY FOR EVERYBODY!!!