I know enough about life, the human body, hormones, and erection quality to tell you the following:
Finasteride’s sexual side effects are strong… that they are. But permanent? Or even long lasting? No way…
Men like to freak out. They like to come up with unproven hypotheses, and theories that are almost impossible to prove any correlation, and then post it on the internet… and then it spreads like wildfire to like-minded men who are looking for an answer to their problem.
Shoot… but this wacked out theory even reached reputable news sources like ABC News! Just saw an article on ABCnews.com talking about how Propecia’s sexual side effects can be long lasting… and some bogus study where supposedly 96% of men reported having effects lasting longer than a year!!
And where did they get the men for this study? From Propeciahelp.com, a website dedicated to men who report having sexual side effects due to Finasteride… shame on you ABC…
I took propecia. Losing my hair felt like a nightmare, especially since I was only in my early 20′s when it started happening. I ordered finasteride (proscar) and would cut it into pieces.
This I do know:
I felt feminized. My penis and testicles felt smaller. I felt sad, and my hormones felt out of whack. I was laying in my bed in a crying fit, like a teenage girl PMSing, when I said to myself… hair isn’t worth this shit.
I stopped taking the medication, and quickly reverted back to my old self.
I shaved my head, which reduced my anxiety over losing hair, accepted the truth, and there was life after hair… I still attracted women, probably even more than I did when I had hair… women look for much more than hair.
I also still use Rogaine foam, to maintain the hair I have left (still have quite a bit… just have badly receded temples).
So yes, Finasteride sexual side effects are strong, and way more common than the 3% or whatever low amount Merck claims to have had the effects.
Now, there are a few reasons why so many men seem to be having long term sexual side effects from Finasteride:
Unbalanced Reporting/Disproportionate Reporting
Only the men experiencing sexual side effects on finasteride will come and report on the internet, making unbalanced reporting… for every man experiencing sexual sides, there are probably several more who don’t experience side effects, so don’t even bother looking for the info online or posting anything. This makes it look like a disproportionate amount of men have sexual side effects, for men searching online for an answer… leading to further freaking out, and further posting, and further propagation of this bullshit theory.
Sexual Performance Anxiety
It’s hard enough getting an erection before sex with someone new, even without taking a drug that’s infamous for sexual side effects. My cousin, a 35-year old doctor, texted me today due to having issues getting an erection before sex. And he’s been with his girl for a while… Any fear, doubt, worry or anxiety will block the arousal signal that starts in the mind, from making it’s way to your penis. So add to that a pill that has the actual possibility of causing erectile problems, and BAM… you have “erectile dysfunction”.
Now… thanks to whoever started this wildfire theory that propecia causes longterm sexual side effects, men stop taking the medication, but carry on the anxiety that something is wrong with their penis. This anxiety alone, and not any actual physical problem, stops them from getting quality erections in the future. And it becomes a vicious cycle: one failed erection leads to anxiety, which leads to more erection problems, which leads to further anxiety… and so on and so on.
You need to be at ease to achieve strong erections. You also need to be thinking about getting aroused, not your erection, in order to get hard… just work on getting as horny as possible, and your erection will come along on it’s own. It knows what to do… it doesn’t need you to tell it.
Going into sex “testing” your erection to see if it works means 1) your mind is in the wrong place, and 2) you won’t get hard…
So then these guys carry on with this false premise in their mind, that propecia permanently ruined their erections, and then therefore they don’t get erections (when in reality there’s nothing wrong with their penis), so they go on contributing to the theory online, where it continues to spread, and then ABCnews picks it up…
And then you’re fucked if you take Propecia (or at least you think so).
Your body goes back into balance, with whatever drug you take. Your body has a natural state. Unless you remove an organ, or have a disease, your body will balance itself out naturally. Yes, some drugs take longer to get out of your system than others, but there’s no way Finasteride will permanently ruin your genitals, or wreck havoc on your hormones.
Finasteride has a half life of 6-8 hours, and completely leaves your system within 4 days… so any erection problems after that, is solely in your mind.
Stop contributing to the BS out there. Take the propecia, or don’t. But don’t freak out that it’s going to permanently mess up your sex life.
-David Carreras aka Mr. Manpower
Mr. Manpower’s Guide to
Overall Manhood Enhancement
The Ultimate Sex Guide for Men… “male potency without drugs”