hello all! i'm of course a little reluctant to write this post becuase it hasnt been that long, but I know how I was searching and searching for any glimmer of hope when I started losing my hair from TE. The fact of the matter, TE does recover in time, but women rarely come back to talk about it when they are recovered, plus I think the process is so long, women just kind of forget about it when life goes back to normal. Another huge issue, that I think everyone should be aware of, is that often women panic and try to find a quick fix (if the TE was from stopping birth control, they jump back on it), like Rogaine, or other medications, including topicals, which may just continously cause more shedding. My approach has been to let it run its course and not try anything. I never went back on birth control through the shedding, never tried rogaine, etc. I take a prenatal vitamin, and Iron pill as i'm a vegetarian and dont get enough Iron. My TE started in July-August. I stopped Loestrin in May of 2012. the shedding didnt completely stop until around November, this was when my hair was it's thinnest. My hair is still very thin in terms of ponytail width. HOWEVER, I can wear sidebangs again without my scalp showing. Everywhere I brush my hair I see bunches of very short (under a half inch) little hairs that are new growth, and some a little longer. Once they reach a few inches, I'm sure they will add to the volume of my head. My dermatologists were horrible. Once my bloodwork came back normal, they wrote it off as genetic and kicked me out the door. my OBGYN however, was quick to say otherwise. She was great. anyway, there is a light at the end of the tunnel, I'm nowhere near the volume I had a year ago, but this is a lengthy process. I lost at least 40% of my density in 4 or so months, but I see baby hairs and new sprouts every day! I expect in a year or two I should be closer to normal, and i'm okay with that. My advice, is if you can pinpoint a trigger and have no family history of hair loss, you most likely have TE, and as long as your bloodwork is okay, let your body even itself out! I hope in a year I can come back and let you ladies know that my hair is back and glorious, for future women panicking about the disorder. Good luck!