I went to the dermatologist this week to confirm that I had male pattern baldness, which he did confirm. I am only 18 years old, and since I am so young, I am not dealing with this very well. I cannot find much information on people close to my age balding, so I assume it is relatively rare. I am currently on 1mg of propecia a day and will start rogaine shortly. I just do not know how I am going to cope with this. I am so young, and it feels like balding will hinder my social life. I haven’t hung out with friends since I realized I was going bald. I don’t know how they will react of if they will treat me differently. I don’t know how I am ever going to get a girlfriend now. Do you have any advice on how someone as young as me can cope with the feeling that my life has been devastated?
Most of the young men I treat, like yourself, get great response from Propecia (finasteride) and do not show any balding when picked up early. I have even seen men of your age reverse the balding process. Make sure that what you are seeing is not the maturing hairline, because the drug will not reverse this. Speak with your parents and the doctor who prescribed Propecia. This isn’t a death sentence and you do have options. You should be commended for the courage to start the correct treatment early and I’m hoping you will be spared the balding problem for years.