My shedding phase started 1 month after my surgery, lasted approximately 1 month, and growth started the third month. Not going to lie, I was very scared when this phase started, but as soon as the new hair started coming in it was all worth it.
This is just my theory but if you’re really worried about if your generic fin is working or not you can take a dht blood test before and after taking it. Not sure if this will 100% work but just my thoughts
There is more internet content warning of PFS than people who have suffered from it. It is quite rare. A few thousand possible cases where men experienced at least one symptom among tens of millions of finasteride users. More commonly, a small percentage of people experience side effects that go away after the drug is discontinued.
I’m not sure how much peppermint oil will help, but it probably won’t hurt. I suspect if it made a big difference people would have figured that out many years ago. And some shampoos already include it.
Minoxidil is effective for many people, but not as effective as finasteride. If you’re in the US, Costco has good prices.
Some people have also had luck with Biotin, which is cheap and easy to find. Published studies are inconclusive though.
Whatever you try, you need to keep on it for six months to see what kind of benefit it does or does not provide. There are no quick fixes.