Does Minoxidil for hair loss cause sexual side effects?

Fri 10 Nov 2006

I just stared using 5% minoxidil about a month ago. I have no good news to report so far regarding hair growth yet, but I have noticed that I am not shedding so much.

However, I have noticed that I am experiencing some sexual side effects, particularly what seems to be erectile disfunction. Is this normal for new users of minoxidil? Will it go away?

It takes a few months to see any results from applying minoxidil, so as far as that aspect of your question, everything seems normal.

However, Pfizer doesn’t list any sexual side effects that result from the use of minoxidil for hair loss. Furthermore, I have not seen any posts on the Hair Restoration Research Forums from posters that are experiencing any similar side effects. This is true concerning all available types of minoxidil: Rogaine Extra Strength Formula, Rogaine Regular Strength Formula, and Rogaine Foam.

Rogaine can, however, cause a rapid heartbeat, which is the closest side effect that I can guess would give you that sort of problem. If you really suspect the Rogaine is at play, then I would highly suggest that you discontinue use and give your physician a call, particularly if you are experiencing a higher heart rate than normal.

Here are the listed side effects from Rogaine’s website:

Stop use and ask a doctor if

* chest pain, rapid heartbeat, faintness, or dizziness occurs
* sudden, unexplained weight gain occurs
* your hands or feet swell
* scalp irritation or redness occurs
* unwanted facial hair growth occurs
* you do not see hair regrowth in 4 months

Robert – Associate Publisher of the Hair Transplant Network, the Coalition Hair Loss Learning Center, and the Hair Loss Q & A Blog

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249 Comments so far:

  1. rio says:

    guys, i also forgot to mention, visual changes have also occured with me, this may be due to the pituatory tumor pressing against the optic nerve causing blurry vission.
    depression, fatigue also has occured – this could be related to low testoesterone

    conor, i hope your right i have heard about the no masturbation thing, i will give it a go but find it really hard sometimes.

    i hope i recover from this, i wish i never used this. I guess some people absorb minoxidil into there system too much, which causes these side effects.

    one thing that i should say though, when i take niacin as nictonic acid my symptoms seem to dissappear
    im not sure why this is, but nictonic acid dilates blood vessels (possibly by incresing nitric oxide levels), my theory is that minoxdil has semi permanently depleted nitric oxide levels in the body which may be causing these problems.

    id love to hear other peoples theories on why minxodil can cause these problems.

  2. rio says:

    just a link to those interested in hyperprolactinemia and prolactinoma, there is a proven scientific study that implicates minoxdil to pituatory tumors but in rats so this is not only a theory.

  3. rio says:

    here is another study which verifies minoxidil can and does affect the pituatory gland

    i think i may be solving this puzzle guys!!!

  4. badidea says:

    Hello everyone, I post an update, 6 months since I have stoped the minoxidil I don’t have really improvements, I think that the idea of pituitary gland and sexual exhaustion is maybe good. I tested nofap during 10 days and at the end of 4-5 days I had a rather good libido. I will continue to limit the sex, to eat healthy and sport (musculation + cardio). I noticed new veins on the penis and reduction of the size of the testicles, especially it left. It’s the same for somebody ? Connor, nofap work for you ?

  5. Conor says:

    Hi babidea,
    Unfortunately I’ve seen no improvements in my condition. In fact I’m starting to worry this could be a permanent problem.

    On a more positive note, I tried no fap for 2 weeks and I reckon my libido went up by 20-30% but still not enough to feel a need for sex or socializing with women. Erection quality went up too but it still doesn’t stand like it used to and only lasts around 5 mins without stimulation. Premature ejaculation is also a problem I’ve been dealing with. The only thing no fap proves to me is that I have a refractory period equivalent to that of a 70 year old. It’s worrying because I don’t think any girl would like to have sex only once a week…I certainly would like to have sex all the time, just like I could a year ago.

    Some people on this site have waited up to a year and longer to recover so I’m still holding out hope that things will get better.

    I hope things get better for you and everyone else with this problem. It’s an ordeal unlike anything I’ve ever dealt with.

  6. splenium says:

    Sorry for my English, I’m Italian..
    Guys, try to increase your fat amount in diet, at least 40-50% of total caloric intake. Reduce carb (it’s important!). Sat fats are the most important. Try coconut oil too, 3 spoon per day. Don’t exercise too much (max 1 hour, heavy weights, 2 min pauses, max 3 times a week). And supplement with zinc, magnesium, B6 vitamin. This will speed up the recovery. To eliminate fears and psychological blocks related to this condition, use energetic tecniques (Emotional Freedom Tecnique for example, it’s free of charge, totally free).
    Hope this will help. Good healing to everyone!

  7. splenium says:

    Sorry..In addition to the things above, I forgot the last thing. Stop masturbating and watching porn for 3 months (no porn, masturbation, orgasm).
    Again, good healing :)!

  8. badidea says:

    Hello splénim,

    Thanks for theses concils … But I do exercices, I take zma and more other thing (DIM ; L-arginine ; tribulus …) since lot of time. It’s your first message, had you take minox ? You have some sexual problem with it ? Your concil aur based on your own recovery ?

  9. rio says:

    guys there was a post regarding a user who tried arginmax who started recovering.

    i decided to try it out and almost within one week things started to look up. try this out guys it may help out.

  10. rio says:

    badidea, i seemed to note my testicles shrinking too.

    also, like you guys when i dont masturbate, i seem to have good erections and good libido…but after masturbating im back to sqaure one.

  11. Conor says:

    Hi Splenium, how did you get this information? Have you had any experiences with minoxidil before? I appreciate your advice – I’ll take any at this stage.

  12. rio says:

    these are all signs of low HGH guys! remember HGH and testosterone go hand in hand.

    nitric oxide stimulates the release of HGH from the pituary.

    minoxidil has messed this up somehow for us. We need to get our nitric oxide production to normalise again or our HGH production to normal again.

    i wonder if we take minoxidil again and the side effects would go away.

    i think it was not wise to stop minoxidil cold turkey but rather slowly get off of it.

  13. M.O says:

    Hi guys. I had a failure with a girl 5 days ago. What a shame. I hadnt had sexual intercourse for a long time. So I didn’t know that I had such a problem. Because I could masturbate. Then I try to question smthng about the problem. I searched smthng about ed in google. The main reason was stated as psychological factors to cause Ed. but I was still not sure about it because when I consider and evaluate erection habits I realised that I didn’t have morning erection and random erection for 2 or 3 months. 2 or 3 months ago I started to use regaine. Then I thought regain might affect my ed. I searched google and come across this site. It was very surprising for me, because I didn’t expect to see that people suffer from rogaine. But as far as I understood it is true that rogaine is poison. Because it makes you dizzy, drained, tired and affect the quality of life and sleep. It also affect blood pressure and everything. So although rogaine may not direct impact on dht or smthng,, it affects the libido and erection definitely. I stopped using rogaine. I am worried if I won’t recover again. I was extremely hard rock at past. But now I keep away from girls. But we need to give up these products and start doing sport and think positively. Hopefully we will recover . Actually this product didn’t improved my hair as well. As a conclusion this is terrible drug. I will share if I am getting over this problem or not soon. DON’T USE THIS STUPID DRUG

  14. Neil says:

    I’m glad to report back that I’ve been on Regain 5% for nearly 6 months now. I’m pleased to say my erections are still good. At present I am putting my earlier disclosure of ED down to my low carb high protein diet whilst working out. I have now started eating carbs again and am in full working order at the moment.

  15. Michael says:

    This minixodil 2% liquid is a complete nightmare… How is this even allowed for sale? The head of my “wood” last night and this morning is soft, no matter how excited I got. Last night my girlfriend asked if I was not in the mood. Same thing happened this mourning. It goes back to small/soft in less then a second. How can 2 days of applying this stupid medicine has this huge effect on me? I didn’t change anything else and had perfectly strong wood before minoxidil. I am 23!!!

    I had never experienced anything like this before. It can’t be a mind thing cause my gf noticed it also. It’s just the end of the wood that stayed soft, the rest was about 85% hard. I hope it’s just the medicin that’s still in my system that’s causing this and not something permanent.

    I’m gonna drink lots of water and try not to think about it. Everyone else here good luck also.

  16. david says:

    Im 39 in relatively good shape not fat, runner, sufer, started using Minox about a month ago, saw great results, stopped hairloss and regrew hair right away, however, immediately loss of sexual desire. Now I could handle an ED issue, just take Ginsing, ginko and wear a ring, np. However the loss of libido was frightening. I stopped immediately 2 days ago, and can feel it coming back already, desire, needs, etc… I don’t want to be bald, but I dont want to be a unic either. I was taking saw palmetto at the same time, stopped that one week and no changes, then stopped the Minox voila!

  17. Michael says:

    Anyone has any help of getting my soft penis head working? I don’t want to go threw the entier posts cause it’s probably gonna make me depressed. It has been 5 days now… How long till it’s out of my system? Does it ever gonna get 100% again?

  18. David aka - TakingthePlunge says:


    There are many conditions that may lead to erectile dysfunction. Have you discussed this with your physician? If not, I highly recommend doing so rather than self-diagnosing.


  19. Khizar Hayat says:

    i have been using minoxidil 5% for a long time, and have received excellent result each time i use minoxidil in different intervals on and off, but each time i reuse i get results in 3 to 4 months, people around me are quite confused that how i regrow my hairs, now i have decided to use minoxidil continuously,

  20. stephen says:

    Hi I really can’t believe this blog is still going from 2010 onwards but people still seem to be looking for answers and lo and behold they end up here just like myself i just started reading it today and each one of us has a similar story. I myself have used regaine extra 5% minoxidil on and off for years started at 24 am now 43 and I myself suffer with ed have done now for 7 years when I noticed it originally went to docs everything was fine told not organic phycological answer to my prayers take the magic blue pill not got fed up doctors not that interested just had to live with it because money talks in my opinion.

    So just recently got fed up with my hair again and decided to start some regaine been on it now for 3 months anyway because I was 43 decided to have a little overhaul and get bloods taken EG test,prostate etc yesterday phoned for my results got told everything was normal apart from a hormone prolactin and FSH those were not normal and they wanted me to get blood taken again so I freaked out and the nurse said she would arrange a phone appointment with one of the docs spoke bit over with him and he said that the abnormal reading was probably to do with stress but just as we spoke I through in that I was taking regaine extra he asked me what is in that I told him minoxidil.

    Docs words not mine well this does put a different spin on things it would definately account for the higher FSH level and also contribute to the higher prolactin so I definitely want you to book another blood test so this can be checked again.
    So there you have it I have told the truth and I am glad in a way something has showed up this time because nothing has in the past is it really a coincidence were all here complaining about this stuff no I don’t think so this blog is still going strong should this drug be put through another test experiment yes I think it is high time it was and as I said I took this at 24 and it could have done some damage way back then thanks for reading and I will let you know my second results asap.

  21. Gavan says:

    I also used regain (Minoxidil) for 1 year with practically no hair regrowth ,but now suffer weak erections with an inability to maintain the erection.
    I now need 4 or 5 erections to achieve climax.
    Prior to using Regain I would last a minimum of 45 minutes and could achieve a new erection and orgasm within minutes of completing the sex act.
    I have extreme tiredness .And Lack energy
    It has been almost 2 years with no change to disfunction .It is ruining my life!!
    I am 46 years of age.

  22. stephen says:

    Hi Gavan I know how you feel mate it is tough cause you don’t know for sure if it was the minox and basically doctors have know solution to ED except for stupid Viagra they are just left scratching there heads.
    Anyway just to let everyone know and yourself Gavan I got my result of my second blood test and it is just the same as the first high prolactin and high FSH hormone so I have been referred to an endocrinologist to get some answers and if it was the minoxidil then that will be the proof that this crap messes with your hormones for sure cheers.

  23. James says:

    This research suggests that Minoxidil DOES affect androgen receptors.

    Claims of ED and low libido are usually dismissed by those who say that minoxidil only affects blood flow, but this evidence would suggest that it does affect androgen activity too. This would explain why many of us are experiencing symptoms similar to those who suffer PFS

  24. Julio says:

    I was also suffering side effects from what I think was due to the use of minox. Chest pains, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, feeling faint/dizzy. I was using Rogaine for about a month with no problem before these symptoms came up. Prior to that I was pretty healthy, going to the gym four times a week without problems.

    The first time that I had heart palpitations, the general practitioner did an ECG which revealed an abnormal heartbeat. I stopped rogaine immediately after that incident.

    The cardiologists I went to see didn’t think that the minox was the problem. Anyway, after two weeks from the rogaine stoppage, the daily palpitations and shortness of breath stopped. I strongly believe it was the rogaine, but the doc said it could be a variety of reasons including stress.

    Anyway, i just wanted to report back to say that there is an end in sight. Other forums I’ve read had people who got better after periods of 2 weeks to about a few months.

    I do suggest getting checks at the doctor done to ensure that there are no other underlying problems with your health.

    Good luck everyone!

  25. william says:

    Should be class action suit filed against them if you ask me. You should hear the horror stories of Viagra. Ruining flora health, shrinkage and a host of other things. Doctors won’t reveal this.

  26. rali says:

    I just want to use this opportunity to thank Dr solution who has made me a man again by curing my 6 years weak erection problem.I can not pay you for all you have done for me but i just want you to know that an forever gratful for your help.Becauss i can now boldly say now that am a man. For any weak erection and premature ejaculation problem just contact him at

  27. Dave says:

    Guys, Minoxidil affects androgen receptors, and cause adrenal fatigue-like syndrome.
    Do the following tests:
    – DHEA, Testosterone free and total, fT3, fT4, TSH, plasma or salivar cortisol.
    This disease can heal modifying genic expression, it could take months.
    Do the tests, then put them here.

  28. Neil says:

    I reported on here last year that I lost my erections soon after taking Regaine 5%. I was at the same time on a low carb diet. I reported on here again recently that I had stopped my low carb diet and my erections were returning to normal.

    I am back to say that I contibue to use Regaine (both 5%foam and 2%spray) daily (2yrs now) and my hair growth is ok and my erections are back to normal.

    If I had to give advice to anyone with with E.D problems it would be take exercise and eat a balanced diet.

  29. Mike says:

    Am the happiest man on earth,I have suffered from the problem of weak erection since my young age,cause i was use to masturbation during my youth age, still i got the contact of a Doctor, from the testimony of others in the net,i contacted him and told him my problems,and that was how he gave me the permanent cure to my problem of weak erection and now me and my wife are living in peace,i really want any one with such problem to also contact him and get cured completely from it and now my pennis is erecting well and not has small has it was before.
    That’s all i have to share.

  30. peyman says:

    Guys if you see any thing like irregular heart beat, hard beating, palpitation, dizziness, fainting, nausea, vomiting, hands and feet sweating and coldness, anxiety, sounds and smells bother you, please stop using that shit.
    I have used it for like 4 months and half, and now I am dealing with all those symptoms I mentioned above. It has been like 48 hours that have quitted using that, and I’m feeling much better but not completely.

  31. morsei says:

    I only used minoxidil for five days until i noticed a complete lack of sex drive and weak erections. Can u tell me how long ot takes to recover, its been a week now and no changes, please help

  32. jj says:

    The comments in this forum are eye opener for me.Just like other people on this forum,I started using minoxidil 5% 2-3 years ago. I have been experiencing sexual dysfunctional,headaches,increasing fatigue,irritibility,
    I attributed all this to aging (around 41),chronic sinusitis,stress,relationship issues,allergies,chronic fatigue issues,migraines. Went to 3 different allergist,3 ENT specialists, 2 CT scans of head and sinus multiple blood test panels.Did not need to see urologist as I checked endocrine panel.Used Multiple courses of antiboitics,steriods,nasal sprays. My blood tests and testosterone,Prolactin,LH,FSH always normal.Allergy test showing questionable allergies but nothing convincing.Starting eliminating different foods from diet,exercise more.
    Just could not explain what was going on with me and was gaving up that this is part of aging,allergies,genetics and I should just learn to live with it.
    I am related to medical field and deal with male hormone issues all the time but it never occured to me that minoxidil could be contributing to it until recently when I develeped severe headache after brief break from minoxidil and starting researching headache and topical minoxidil issue.I knew minoxidil is vasodilator and used for hypertension and can cause headaches but thought that systemic absorption of topical minoxidil should be minimal to cause vasodilation and headaches but never thought of sexual dysfunction and other issues. I starting searching internet for relationship between headaches and minoxidil absorption and came across this forum.Suddenly, I can connect dots now.The theory about vasodilation and the NIH study James in post #223 seems very plausible to me.

    Now this is anecdotal and personal experience and not a scientific randomised trial and minoxidil may not be cause of my life’s problems but I stopped minoxidil now and see what happens in next few months if any of my issues improve. Atleast, I have some hope now that it may not be my age or other issues and may be things can get better and I dont have to live with this for rest of my life.Only time will tell if there is any permanent damage.

    I will suggest to people who are convinced that minoxidil caused their problems to report it to FDA,so a more scientific study can be done and if minoxidil can really cause all this , warning can be added to product label and other people can make more informed decision about minoxidil use in future.

    Thanks for reading my rant.

  33. Dr. House says:

    Guys. Minoxidil unmasks a condition of adrenal exhaustion. The root of the problem is your… GUT. Look at your tongue. What colour is it?

  34. alexp says:

    Like so many other users here I have experienced sexual side effects from using Rogiane. I applied once a night over a five month period but was sometimes forgetful – I used only three months of dosage during that time. I then had a break of about a fortnight while waiting for the new batch to arrive and have immediately noticed further problems after just two days of restarting with it. I have now stopped immediately.

    My symptoms:

    Penis seems smaller and softer when flaccid
    Complete loss of morning erection – last one was two months ago
    Complete loss of involuntary erections during day – last one was two months ago
    Difficulty getting and maintaining an erection even with a partner

    Can anyone that has used To gain and had similar side effects advise on the best course action to try to get things back to Normal. Would be interested in exchanging via email with someone that has been through something similar.

  35. Alex says:

    Hi All

    I’ve just found this board so I’m posting this in the hope someone out there has information that may be helpful regarding Rogaine / Minoxidil.

    Here’s my story:

    For hairloss I started taking Rogaine 5% Extra Strength Foam in June 2014. I got through three months’ worth of the foam in five months as I was taking it only once a day instead of twice and not every day religiously.

    After two months I noticed slight shrinkage and “loosening” of my flaccid penis – it seemed a little shorter and less firm and definitely the skin was a little more loose and a touch more wrinkly. Around the same time I also noticed I wasn’t getting daytime involuntary erections and was getting fewer morning erections as well. All these symptoms have continued to this day. I never associated these symptoms in my head with using the Rogaine. That seems foolish now but it didn’t occur to me as I’d picked Rogaine over Propecia as it was the product that supposedly had no sexual side effects.

    In mid-September I spent some time with my girlfriend and we had sexual relations as normal. I was able to get and maintain an erection without any manual stimulation, something that was becoming more difficult when I was on my own.

    In November I had nearly a month off the product due to running out of supplies. When I look back now I can see the condition didn’t really change, although I was able to stay more erect with condoms on during this month than previously. In late November I had sex with my girlfriend without any problems on two occasions (if you’re wondering why I don’t appear to have sex with her very often it’s because we live in different countries 🙂

    On November 29 I started re-using the Rogaine foam, this time applying twice a day instead of once. Two days later I was able to get an erection but it wasn’t firm enough to have sex. This is the first time this has happened in my life. The following morning I went to the bathroom as normal after waking up – there was the Rogaine and it struck me this could be the source of the problem. I immediately stopped using the Rogaine.

    In the past week since stopping Rogaine usage I have noticed some dramatic changes. For the past four days I have been unable to get an erection of any kind, either with manual or visual stimulation, on my own or with someone else. This is obviously worrying as it’s the first time in my life I’ve experienced something like this. I am now on day 4/5 of not using the product and have noticed some other potential side-effects – I have had a headache all day, a flickering right eyelid and have been restless, irritable, had a strange attack of “brain fog” and lacked concentration. Lying in bed last night I was unable to run through a few mental “lists” the way I normally do before going to sleep. Of course, these might be stress-related because of the erectile issues.

    Having spent a lot of time on message boards these past few days I’ve noticed my symptoms have more in common with the “crash” a lot of people experience after coming off Propecia. I have found two or three other people that have posted on sites making this same comparison with Propecia-like symptoms when they came off Rogaine. This has generally been challenged by other people – understandably, given the differences between the two drugs – but right now there’s no doubt what I am experiencing appears to occur more commonly with coming off Propecia. This is also slightly worrying given that the lasting side-effects associated with Propecia are usually considered more serious than those with Rogaine.

    It is obviously very early days. I am hoping the drug is still in my system and what I’m going through is some sort of “cleansing” process while it leaves me. Perhaps over the next couple of weeks things will return to normal. It’;s a waiting game, I suppose.

    In the mean time what I’d like to know is – has anybody else out there experienced similar symptoms when coming off Rogaine, rather than Propecia – i.e. total impotence – or have they heard of this happening to another Rogaine user? Is there any information out there about how long it takes to recover from these things? I am worried that the fact I am suffering from total impotence rather than just ED means this may be a more serious situation. Obviously I am hoping not!!

    Any feedback and shared experiences very welcome.

  36. CP says:

    You absolute pricks that are defending this drug get off here and stop ruining people’s lives.

    Like so many people on here this thing caused me to have ED and very nearly ruined my marriage as my wife started feeling like she wasn’t attractive anymore which caused a spiral of problems.

    This SHIT is the problem and caused my issues. Get off it now and never use it again.

  37. Dave says:

    As I said before, Minoxidil create a complex multiorgan damage. You have to address:
    – adrenal exhaustion,
    – thyroid dysfunction,
    – impaired gastric acidity,
    – probably, parasites in your gut and/or pancreas/liver.
    Just addressing all these things all together you’ll be able to give your body the chance to heal by itself. It’s easy, but it takes time.. at least 4 months. Unfortunately, i can’t write here the protocol because it must be adapted to everyone and it can be dangerous to give some non-personalised advices. But it is a reversible condition, if rightly addressed. Hope this will help everyone.

  38. Mm says:

    Hey everyone. I started using rogain in October 2014, and I’m worried about ED. Over last 5 months I observed weaker ercetions from time to time. I could hardly get it up during fpping but I could easily get it up while having sex with my gf. Problem was I got premature ejaculation nearly everytime I had sex. Last night we were about to make love with my gf and before I put condom on, my man went soft. We got into a huge fight bcs of this as she thinks im not into her anymore, which is not true, she is very hot and I love her very much. I never thought it could be the minox, unitll I found this page. I am very scared, should I discontinue my rogaine treatment ? Advise me pls. I am just 23 yo

  39. BJ says:

    Guys I have to say while all of these side effects ARE in fact very real, it is not essentially the Minox’s fault, but the way your body reacts. In actuality, it is your body’s fault.

    What I believe is happening here (and have noticed this myself slightly, I’m 27 and have been using Minox on my face for beard growth for 4 weeks so far) , is that CLEARLY Minox is in some way androgenic. What is actually happening here is that your body’s hormone levels are being disrupted to the point where you are getting more testosterone that is aromatizing into estrogen, or you are gaining more estrogen directly. THIS is in-fact what is causing the ED or sex drive issues. I personally have noticed a loss of muscle mass or a bit more pudginess. Again, from the higher estrogen or lower testosterone. To a lesser extent these issues can arise from sky high levels of prolactin.

    The good news is that there are fixes for this of course (Cabergoline to lower prolactin, Nolvodex as an AR to stop estrogen surging, etc, but the bad news is that trial and error and tracking down the exact hormone issue can be different. Everything needs to be in check.


    low testosterone low estrogen
    low test high estrogen
    high test low estrogen
    high test high estrogen

    are all bad. Not only is having high test bad, but also having very low estrogen (you still do need this to some degree).

    The levels must remain… level, and getting them that way can be a pain.

    What you are after is
    higher test/normal test – mild estrogen.

    My theory is that in many ways either through sky high estrogen, sky high test, or low of each, is what is causing the issues from Minox.

  40. BJ says:

    FWIW I haven’t had any ED issues, but what I’m getting at is that the hormone issues causing the problems can be caused by A HUGE number of things.

    I don’t doubt that in this instance it is the Minox causing it, but just keep in mind plenty of other medications/foods/everything can as well.

  41. N.G says:

    I am a male/31 from Pakistan, 03 years ago when our wedding was planned, I started taking the rightly cursed MINOXIDIL to keep my head covered.

    The thing’s affected me in such a manner that I am still suffering with ED and have tried a number of herbal medicines to address the cause but to no success.

    I must mention that jelqing exercises did bring some hope in. Now its nothing more than 70% of the hardness and 40 % of the duration.

    You guys there in the west should form a small platform on FB etc to file a suit against this all. As the product has fair potents to affect millions more maybe.

  42. Raj says:

    Is there any one who recovered fully???

  43. Richard says:

    Sorry to hear about all your problems.
    Minoxidil triggers a NO/ONOO loop, a biochemical vicious cycle that, in those who have some genetic mutation (SNP like MTHFR A1298C and others)is responsible for ED and other problems. You have to address this problem working on methylation, gut, thyroid, adrenals. It can take months to years to recover, even with the right protocol. Please, don’t use this drug, it’s really really dangerous. Thanks.

  44. Demo says:

    i start using minoxidil for the first time on a saturday. On monday i noticed that my erection was very weak.. .something i never had before. tuesday same story so i started looking on the the internet and i found this page. I was in schock and trew away my 3 month supply.

    next morning i did no have a morining erection, something i always had for as long i can rememeber.

    tomorrow it has been a week since my last use and thing are back to being normal..thank god..

  45. Mark says:

    Raj, it’s very possible to recover. But it takes long time. If you have used it for months, it takes months. If you have used for years, it will take years. With the right protocol, of course. The NO/ONOO won’t fix by itself. Not all those who use this stuff get ED.. this is because of some genetic mutations. The ones who get ED have some SNP related to methylation, some problems in urea cycle, have some gut problems, adrenal fatigue, and all these things are related… There is no one size fit protocol.. you must found your SNP, you have to study and correct your methylation problem.. and rebalance neurotransmitters, bh4, NO. Be patience. If you took it for 3 years, you’ll be normal in three years, with notable improvements after 4-6 months.
    Never get depressed.. think positive and heal yourself.

  46. Jay Indian says:

    Hi All….Minoxidil does causes weak erections as it lowers blood pressure towards the genitals. I used Finasteride scalp lotion for 1 week and noticed less sex drive and weak ercetion and I stopped it. Please never trust your dermatologist, they may mislead you about the Finasteride or Minoxidil. but the real fact is that both Finasteride and Minoxidil has sexual side effects. Its not psychosomatic (as the doctor says)or in your head. I noticed hard rock after quitting Minox 10 in a week. The doctors just bark things that comes to their toungue and USE these products in your life.

  47. Daniel says:

    I’m 27, go to the gym from Mo-Sat, low body fat, eat healthy food etc. I started using Minoxidil 5 months ago. I would visit the doctor this month as a “follow-up” to check on how my hair was progressing. Two weeks ago, during the sex I noticed I lost VERY easily the erection (putting condom), something that has never happened to me before. So I started to pay attention to this and realized I’m losing sex drive, I’m working at 70%. Thinking about what could be doing this to me, led to searching Minoxidil side effects and this blog (thank god). I stopped using Minoxidil since yesterday and hope everything comes back as before soon. I wil let you guys know.

  48. Ernesto says:

    Hello, following up, its been 1.5 years since I stopped using minox and I can now say that my erections are back to normal or at least much closer than before. I definitely think there has been improvement. Whether the minox was the cause of ED or not, maybe I will never know. I think it was also was the level of stress as I have seen the quality of my erections decrease when I was stressed or worried about something. In any case, I was thinking of restarting minox but I made a decision to not continue minox just in case. I’m a healthy 31 yr old who eats well and exercises regularly. This is why it did not make sense to me as to why the ED was happening. To all of you suffering from this, my advice would be to try to continue your life in the best way you can. Keep stress low, eat healthy, do healthy things. This way you can eliminate the reasons for the ED to be due to “non normal” things. Keep strong all.

  49. Soulman says:

    HI everyone !

    31 man here . Starting taking minox 2% ayear ago, and 5% 6 month ago .
    I had a High sex drive all my life and very good erections..
    Its been 3 month i’m feeling weird about it .
    Soft penis and no more random erections. Then i read all your experiences… scary !
    Please continue to share !!

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