1. Randy
    January 8, 2013 @ 3:55 pm

    I have been using 5% rogaine foam most of my life. It has contributed to a very healthy head of hair as well as other unexpected hair growth, chest, legs and backside. I have never experienced any sexual side effects at all. The more anyone reads here or any other place about how bad it is for you will have psychological effects causing ED. I have also been a kidney donor since 2006 with still, a very active sex drive. If anyone here is experiencing ED and thinks it because of minoxidil think again. You do have an underlying issue that needs a physicians attention. Your ED is like being giving a placebo and not told about it. Hence you say you have a headache so you are given something known to not work but not told that. Your headache surprisingly goes away so is this a myth? Nope it’s psychological effects. Go see a doc and fix your low testosterone of get a good estrogen blocker because its most likely your problem, if not see a shrink.

  2. David aka - TakingthePlunge
    January 9, 2013 @ 2:58 am


    While there are a number of cases of men reporting sexual dysfunction from Rogaine (minoxidil), there has been no scientific data gathered to support this as a side effect and it is not listed by the manufacturer as a known side effect.

    I always recommend that any male having difficulty getting or maintaining an erection consult with a physician rather than self-diagnosing. Even in young men such as you, there are many conditions that can lead to sexual dysfunction.

    Best of luck!

  3. Blonde guy
    January 10, 2013 @ 6:56 pm

    Hello, I already posted in July 2012 and want to give another update on my experiences.

    I have went off and on Minox several times now. Using Minox, I ALWAYS got weak erections, low libido + driping of urine after peeing (I had to use paper inlays in my underwear). After quitting Minox it always took 2-4 weeks to get back to normal.

    To the people who say that there is no clinical evidence that Minox causes sexual side effects, I say it is not even known how Minox regrows hair, so how can you exclude side effects? I know those people just want to help. But if you dont have experienced the sides you cannot understand. Some people have them, mose people dont. Some people grow hair on Minox, some dont.

    Here some references that Minox can cause sexual side effects (not in English, though):

    And to the peolpe that are waiting desperately for the sides to go away: There are reports of people saying the sides went away more than one year after quitting the drug, so dont lose hope.

  4. Jordan
    January 12, 2013 @ 11:36 pm

    Its been just over a month since i stopped using minox, and there hasnt been much improvement at all, its not getting an erection that the problem its the fact there only at 70 % to 80% of what they should be and the fact there not rock solid is doing my head in. Before minoxidil i literally could’nt get in a car and go for a drive without getting a leg of steel (dont know why) and my libido was off the scale. Im starting to worry my recovery will be a long term one like the ones ive read. Im only 19 and i know that minoxidil is to blame as at one point during my time on it i developed epididymitus and was on tablets to cure it during this time i started to realise my erection problems however i stopped minox for around 5 days and everything went back to normal and so i assumed it was the epididymitus. So i went back to minox and continued to use it for another 3 months stupidly not realising that was the issue the whole time as i never in the slightest thought minox caused those kind of side effects. im worried that things havnt improved since they did last time. Im going to book an appointment with my GP, its time to start trying to improve this myself, if anyone has any suggestions on treatments that have worked for them id love to know!

  5. Dr. House
    January 14, 2013 @ 2:23 pm

    Randy, you’re wrong.
    The pathogenesis is due to an increase in prolactine combined with vasomotor mechanism. There are articles on pubmed (about increas of prolactine). Although not in humans (rats).
    Guys, ED related to Minoxidil is reversibile 100%, it is only a matter of time. If there is no improvement then a psychological component overlapped.
    But Minoxidil, yes and yes…causes ED!!!!!!!

  6. Tim ED
    January 15, 2013 @ 1:53 am

    Hi, I have been suffering from impotence/ED since Oct2012 until now. I was using Propecia for 3 months and my last tablet was at the end of 2010 (approx 18 months to Oct12). I have been using minox for the last 5 years but after stopping procecia, I started to apply the minox twice daily instead of once daily. At the time of ED in Oct12, only med. I was on was the minox and I also stopped it around Mid Oct 12. It been 3 months since I stopped minox and I still have not recovered. I have not suffered anything else apart from ED and low sex drive.

    I have been using 5mm Cialis daily to help the erection and even this is stopping to work and I am experimenting with higher dosage. Natural supplements and vitamins do not seem to help. GP and urologist both says there is nothing wrong with me after some basic blood test. I am waiting to see another specialist soon

    I am getting very concerned about my problem. Can it be caused by Propecia ? If so, why so long after I stopped it and How do i know? Is it caused by minox and what do I have to do to recovered? Is my ED/impotence going to be permanent ?

    I appreciate any help or advice

  7. KT
    January 17, 2013 @ 4:44 pm

    Just a update for those this might help. I started using Minoxidil again right after my last post about 2 months ago and my premature ejaculation problem is gone. I can easily last 15-20 minutes without getting close to orgasm and I only cum when I’m ready. Overall story, I was fine sexually before Minoxidil, I fine while using it, once I stopped I became a premature ejaculator, once I started again I’m back to having basically fully control over when I ejaculate. The side effects are watery semen, mild pain in left testicle at times, possibly dark circles under eyes and puffy face I’m not sure. It’s all worth it to be able to be in charge of organs and grow a little hair back.

  8. ncognito
    January 19, 2013 @ 7:28 pm

    After several years of pondering using Rogaine, and researching the sides effects; and, coincidentally, dealing with a recent bout of ED myself, I have to wholly agree with Randy — the problem is psychological.

    Just a thought, but if the experts for Propecia are willing to state ED as a potential side-effect, why wouldn’t they do the same for Rogaine? If all these test subjects were having sex-drive issues, I think that evidence would come to light. I’ve read on other forums of many Rogaine users who were not affected, just like Randy.

    For starters, Randy has been on it his whole adult life, with no side effects. How do you explain that? Is he an anomaly, or are there other factors besides the Rogaine that are causing the ED for these other posters? I’d say other factors. As stated, I’ve been dealing with ED, and have never taken Rogaine or Propecia. I went through a severe life crisis, which I attribute to my ED. In addition, the fact of having ED is a stress of it’s own, which brings your consciousness and sub-consciousness into a whole new realm of anxiety and fear. Fear is the factor here, I’m convinced. I used to have a crazy high libido, which has all but dropped off after severe life events. It’s been a couple years now, and I’ve gained a sliver of it back, but nothing like it used to be. By nature, I have a nervous and anxious disposition, and after reading these posts, so do most posters here ;). I’m not trying to make light of anyone’s problems — I’m dealing with ED myself, but I do want to look at it honestly.

    As for the reasoning that Rogaine has the same effects as blood-lowering medication and that that causes ED, I can’t buy that either. As someone who has high-blood pressure (HBP) and has researched it for many years, I’ve only heard that lowering HPB can help ED. And, I can say, from the short time that I was on medication for HBP, it did indeed help my ED.

    This is one man’s take on it, but one coming from a decent amount of personal experience and study. I’m no expert of drugs and their hormonal effect on the body, but it would seem that even if Rogaine did cause ED, it would cease along with not taking it. I’m just using the common sense knowledge of what would happen if someone stopped taking any drug or hormone affecting substance.

    These are my initial thoughts and response to the comments I’ve read. I welcome any constructive criticism of my post. I have a year supply of Rogaine that I’ve yet to take. If I start it, I’ll reports any symptoms I have.

    I wish you all success and blessings in your search for a resolution. In all that you’re going through, I’m convinced fear is the enemy: 1st John 4:18 – “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear…”.

  9. Jordan
    January 24, 2013 @ 10:36 pm

    Been 5 and a half weeks since stopping minoxidil now I’ve noticed that i have been getting more regular morning erections although they are still 80% of what they should be , the odd more reoccuring time my erections have been fuller but thats seems to be random , gunna continue to drink loads and try to flush whatever is still in me out

  10. Blonde guy
    January 29, 2013 @ 3:30 pm

    That is a good sign, you will recover completely.
    “Flushing out” the Minoxidil however is of no use as it has already completely left you body weeks ago. Its effect however is still there. Why?
    Hormones (and therefore also changes to the hormone system) have an effect on the organism even a long time after they left the body – up to several months. This I have learned in a lecture about the hormone system for physicans.

    @ncognito: Sexual side effects of Minoxidil are apparently not very frequent. Side effects are usually classified as
    -very frequent: 10% of the patients have them
    -frequent: 1-10%
    -occasional: 0.1-1%
    -rare: 0.01-0.1%
    -very rare: <0.01%

    The study for the approval of 5% Regaine solution study just comprised 371(!) patients. So if 1 in 1000 has it, it propably doesnt occur in the side effects. With 371 patients you cannot even determine the occasional side effects in a statistically relevant manner.

    This study is a bad joke. If I would carry out something like that in my job and present it to my boss I could look for a new job the next day.

  11. Jonny Hairloss
    January 31, 2013 @ 11:49 pm

    OMG, I just recently decided to try a hair regeneration product to stem the movement of my hairline. After reading this and other websites description of ED issues correlated with Rogaine and Propecia, I am shaving my head bald and leaving it at that. Thanks for posting your troubles everyone, that was a close call for me.



  12. George Bushman
    February 13, 2013 @ 1:37 pm

    Please, people, don’t listen to these 161 lunatics! They are in the same league like those hypochondriacs on Propeciahelp.com. If they didn’t hear that anti-hairloss products cause impotence (I mean finasteride), nobody would accuse minoxidil of it. Next time, they should read the leaflets better, otherwise they won’t know, what correct side effect they should expect. LOL

  13. Jordan
    February 15, 2013 @ 9:19 am

    Been just over 2 months now and i have noticed improvements in my libido and quality of erections however id still say its about 85 % of how it was before minoxidil, im just hoping things sort themselves out eventually as im presuming its gunna be a while until im 100 % again , just glad things are actually starting to get better and @george do you really think id be sad enough to post on hear to deter people away from minoxidil , im 20 years old and am genuinely going through these side effects so keep your wise comments to yourself

  14. junaid
    February 17, 2013 @ 3:21 pm


  15. argen2
    February 22, 2013 @ 4:47 am

    minoxidil is a DHT blocker. pls read.


    i’ve already stopped minox because of sexual sides mainly soft erection, soft/no morning wood. im hoping recovery would come soon.

  16. Bill - Managing Publisher
    February 25, 2013 @ 12:12 pm


    While the mechanism minoxidil uses to stimulate hair regrowth is largely unknown, leading hair restoration physicians around the world agree that minoxidil does NOT inhibit or block DHT. I’m not sure what source the author in the above article used as a guide when publishing his article however, most leading hair loss doctors would disagree with him.

    Best wishes,

    Bill – Managing Publisher of this Community

  17. George Bush
    March 8, 2013 @ 2:21 pm

    The list of possible “side effects” from the use of anti-hairloss drugs is apparently endless. As well as the number of crazy coconuts posting their hypochondriac fabrications on internet forums. At least, before they write about their imaginary problems, they should read instruction leaflets more carefully, and not to confuse side effects of finasteride with side effects of minoxidil.

  18. KT
    March 9, 2013 @ 3:29 pm

    Another update, I was in control of my premature ejaculation about 3 times in the 3 month using Rogaine again so I’m not sure it had any effect. I’m going to stop using it and look for another solution.

  19. OhMy
    March 13, 2013 @ 4:50 am

    Its already 3;30am after reading all of these! I almost cried just to find out that my ED is just what other people here is talking about while i came across this page! Im gonna share to you my story tom since im so sleepy( got work tom). And for god sake…george bushman and some minoxidil people here please… We are suffering and were experiencing it right now! I wish you have an ED so you will know how desperate we are from recovering. I actually ignored my erection problem for almost a year wishing that itll just go away(maybe im getting older at 33, stress, less exercise etc) but the answer is here right now. i regret it so much using this junk! I admit, i got new fuzzy hairs with it (like baby hairs) but the side effects is really extreme!!If i only knew, I wont trade my happiness with this crap! better off bald than being miserable…Ill see a doctor asap!

  20. OhMy
    March 13, 2013 @ 4:53 am

    By the way i used minoxidil only

  21. jordan
    March 17, 2013 @ 6:29 pm

    been just over 3 months , ive found i get a number of days , somtimes up to a week where my labido and erections are back to about 95 % and then things will plummit back to like whilst i was on minoxidil and a few months after i stopped ,its quite strange but i suppose its a good sign that things although not permanant are getting better im just waiting on some blood tests from the doctor and hopefully things will continue to improve

  22. mike
    April 1, 2013 @ 7:00 pm

    Hmm I’m not sure what to do now after all these comments, I want to stop hair loss, but not worth it if the side effects will take place..

    What are you guys considering now regarding the hair loss, now that rogaine seems to cause ED?

  23. Jordan
    May 20, 2013 @ 9:06 pm

    Its been 5 and a half months and im genuinely starting to worry that this whole horror show is gunna take a long long time to go away. i get weekly sometime several weeks where my erections are about 90 % of how they used to be and then i hit rock bottom again, i cant remember the last time i had a random erection, the only thing i can remotely be happy about is that my penis hasn’t shrunk as has been reported in some cases if anything its gotten bigger which i suppose is a positive. I need to go to the doctors and get some blood tests done because i genuinely believe that something has got to be up but im so nervous about going , i cant carry on like this for much longer though so i guess im gunna have to grow a pair, please anybody who has has side effects for several months and then they have gone away, if you still read this forum such as ‘FRANK’ id appreciate any reccomendations as to how to treat this problem

  24. David (TakingThePlunge)
    May 22, 2013 @ 3:41 am


    I’m sorry to hear that your side effects have persisted for so long. Based on my own experience, I’d say it took at least three to four months for my minor side effects to fully correct themselves after quitting finasteride.

    Hang in there, there is still a good chance that your body will return to normal function in time.

    You mentioned back in March that you were waiting for blood tests. However, in your latest post you said that you have not been able to bring yourself to go. If you haven’t yet consulted your doctor about your concerns, I highly recommend doing so.

    Best of luck!

  25. Lotus
    June 9, 2013 @ 3:26 pm

    Simple message guys. DO NOT USE MINOXIDIL!!

    Unlike others on this page, I never got to the stage of ED, despite using Regaine for nearly 2 years, but over time my libido slowly dropped away, to the point that I didn’t even notice it going.

    I’m 38, and my hair never really changed over this time, but the hair loss stopped, which is why I persevered using it.

    What I did notice was that colleagues commented a lot that I looked tired, did I have a cold, was it a night on the beer, etc. – probably the other side effect on collagen making me look older.

    Then I ran out of minoxidil right before a foreign holiday, so had nearly 2 weeks without it. I noticed more lead in the pencil within a few days, to the point where I was shagging the misses daily.

    I’ve been off this crap for over a month now, and I feel great. I wake up with a massive boner every morning, and the desire to shag. Who cares if I lose my hair, I’d rather be bald and horny any day.

  26. Thomas
    June 10, 2013 @ 3:27 am

    I am afraid to post this entry as it will leave a lot of men depressed. I started using Propecia in 2001. Several years later I started using Minoxidil as well. I noticed that after starting Propecia that in several months I was not losing as much hair. I had started on the advice of my physician who was treating me for low testosterone. I also noticed that it was a little bit harder to maintain an erection for long. As I was extremely active sexually, erections 5-6 times a day, the decline was very gradual and unnoticeable til 2008. I was depending on Cialis and Trimix to get every erection. I still had not made the connection to the Minoxidil or Propecia til I came across an article in 2009. In 2010 I was having a hard time getting an erection even with Cialis and Trimix. My new doctor verified that Propecia could be the reason. He suggested that I stop both Propecia and Minoxidil. I stopped having any urge for sex even after discontinuing both products. Two years later I still cannot maintain an erection and have little appetite for sex. My urologist believes it is permanent. I have had every penile test done known to man and nothing else is wrong with me. I am now planning to have surgery to have a penile implant pump installed in my penis and scrotum. Propecia and Minoxidil are bad drugs. Contact a lawyer that is pursuing the class action lawsuit against the maker of these harmful drugs.

  27. John P
    June 25, 2013 @ 4:35 pm

    Has anyone fully recovered from the ED problems?
    What did your doctor/exams showed?


  28. Jordan
    July 29, 2013 @ 8:17 pm

    Hi everyone, I am finally having some blood tests done and will share my results as soon as i get them, the real reason i am posting today is that I have had my longest period of back to normal conditions of 2 and a half weeks. One day after waking up from a previously poor day (no libido , semi-errections) over 2 weeks ago i woke up and just felt different and this difference that i hadn’t felt in so long is that i felt hornier, i felt an urge to masturbate and achieved a perfect erection that i could have easily had sex with. The feel of my penis on flaccid was also different it went from a near sponge like material to a firmer spongy material as if it had life. That day I achieved 6 full erections and for the next 4 days the same.

    I then went on holiday with some of my friends , which involved a lot of drinking which was a bit foolish however my spontaneus increase in labido and erection quality held up for the whole week. These last few days i have felt a slight dip in labido and erection quality, maybe its the week of drinking alcahol and poor sleep that is catching up on my body , however the feel of my penis is still different to prior and it no longer feels like a dead weight.

    These last 2 and a half weeks had definitely assured me that whatever i am feeling cant be permanent , i feel its just a waiting game until my hormones and inner body function regulate back to normal, i feel its as if their fighting this change as its been so long it doesn’t seem normal.

    Hopefully these blood tests my shed some light but i am now optimistic.

  29. pandu
    August 10, 2013 @ 11:56 pm

    i am 21 years old i am using andromin 5(minoxidi 5) it cause any sexual side effects .above mentioned side effects are perminenet?p
    lease tell me?

  30. er
    August 20, 2013 @ 4:28 am

    I wish I’d read this sooner!! I took Rogaine for 3-4 years and while it didn’t really help my hair loss it killed my boners up to the point where I had to take a 1/4 vigara to get a decent boner….

    I work out a lot and had a really high libido so it was driving me nuts trying to figure out what the problem was….

    I stopped taking Rogaine about 4 months ago and am back to normal ( I think it took me a about a month)
    – I will never touch the stuff again!!

  31. David aka - TakingthePlunge
    August 20, 2013 @ 4:58 am


    Sexual dysfunction is not a proven side effect of topical minoxidil. The most common side effect of minoxidil is an itchy, irritated scalp.

    Some rare side effects are rapid heartbeat and chest pain. In the case of these severe side effects, you should discontinue use and consult your doctor.

    All side effects of topical minoxidil should subside upon discontinuation of the drug.

    Editorial Assistant

  32. HP
    September 4, 2013 @ 6:21 pm

    So glad i found this site. Wish i had seen it sooner!!
    My story is like most in here. Actually just like “Blonde guy no. 105”. Started using only minoxidil and nothing else many years ago. Im 35 years old now.
    I blamed everything else for the ED. Went to doctors and sexologists and physical therapists without results. Im otherwise very healthy, eat right and exercise a lot.
    After stopping using minoxidil less than a month ago, i have starting to have erotic dreams again and sometimes even morning erections. Which i havent had for years. But im not back to normal yet, still weak erections.
    Hopefully it will all come back.

    After reading all these comments, which mostly say the same things about the connections between ED and minoxidil, i wonder why people like the editorial assistants keep defending minoxidil?! Just because i hasnt been proven yet doesnt been its not truth. Are you just editorial assistents or are you employed by minoxidil? More than 100 people have the same story. It cant be a coincident! Doctors and others shouldnt rejecting the connection, when so many people insists on it..

  33. Bill - Managing Publisher
    September 5, 2013 @ 6:57 pm


    None of the publishers/editors here are employed by Rogaine or any product that contains minoxidil. Furthermore, we are not “defending” minoxidil as much as pointing out that we haven’t seen any actual studies demonstrating that minoxidil comes with a risk of sexual side effects. That said, we are not dismissing your or other’s experiences. However, do note that there are many causes of sexual problems and before determining that minoxidil is the culprit, I suggest consulting your doctor to discuss all possible issues.

    Best wishes,


  34. Neil
    September 14, 2013 @ 11:12 am

    Posted earlier in the year and have my full erections back again. I will start with the regain 1 more time and see if the ED returns. This test will be conclusive as far as I can see. Report in 6 months.

  35. Juniperland
    October 18, 2013 @ 8:22 pm

    Erectile dysfunction is s side effect in a small percentage of men, because of physical constriction caused by monoxidil. The following study shows no recovery from ED after stopping the drug, but that may be because a physical issue becomes a mental one. Use it or lose it…

  36. AT
    October 29, 2013 @ 9:21 am

    hi all im 23 and started to use rogaine foam and noticed a couple of times that i was a little soft but i do have times when im completely normal, now i never noticed this before i started to use the foam, i did a test and cleared my mind and was really calm and i was able to perform, but those times when i was soft i never really thought about the side effects they just happened, im debating whether to stop taking the foam or should i keep doing the treatment, my only fear is that if this is permanent,


  37. Badidea
    October 29, 2013 @ 11:10 am

    Hi all, I take Minox during 1 year, and I had Ed and loss libido after 5 months, I don’t know its minox and I continue. I stop it since September (2 months), but no change, my blood test are good. Please I want to have come back by “HP” ; “Jordan” ; “Homy” ; “Tim ED” ; “Jim” ; “Dejan”, I hope you are better now. Thanks a lot for answer because I’m very anxious with that. Sorry for my English.

  38. AT
    October 31, 2013 @ 12:11 pm

    Just wanted to give an update

    I decided to stop the treatment the very next day i had morning wood for the first time in weeks since starting the foam, im goin to see a urologist in the coming weeks will give an update, i have to say i never had this problem with the low lobido and soft erections before taking the rogaine, having friends in the medical fiels they do concur that ED has psychological factors but for my case and many others on here the timing is too odd, and just for the people that say its not one of the side effects listed, there are always side effects that later arise for drugs years after they are made public

    Will give my update after the urologist

  39. Conor
    November 5, 2013 @ 10:41 am

    Hi all, thought I should contribute as I continuously check back on this site. I am also a victim of Minox 5% and have been for a while. I took minox for about 4-5 months until I ran out. 1 week after stopping I noticed a significant crash in my sex drive and erectile functioning. However, I never thought that Minox could have caused this and 2 months later I started using Minox again – which was probably the worst decision of my life. After about 3 days of use my dick went totally dead, couldn’t get it up for the life of me and I would cum after about 10 seconds of stimulation. I’ve now been off Minox since June and made some slight improvements in the weeks after (No premature Ejaculation problems and started having more nocturnal erections) but I seemed to plateau after about a month and I haven’t recovered any more since then really.

    It’s now been 5 months since I’ve stopped so naturally I’m getting extremely worried. Can people please update this forum and tell us how you’re getting on? Has anyone recovered from long-term problems like me???

  40. ratul
    November 12, 2013 @ 12:24 am

    I’m using Minoxidil 5% solution for one month and my age is 31. Before using this, I don’t have any sexual problem. But now i’m seriously suffering. My penis is not getting excitement and it does not become hard. and premature ejaculation is also happen. What should I do? Do I stop spraying this. I’m very worried about my sex drive.

  41. Jordan
    November 12, 2013 @ 8:54 am

    Hi everyone i know its been a while since i posted but basically i am back to being 100%. My blood tests came back glistening and so i was stumped at what was going on with me, basically the best piece of advice i can give you is to not worry so much, i know its difficult but i just stopped caring and i slowly began to see sustained improvements which for me has taken a year to fully recover from.other then taking a daily vitamin tablet i havnt used anything to speed up recovery as i was afraid that other substances might worsen the process.

    To everyone still suffering keep strong there are a few examples of people like me taking a year to recover a few even longer , just try to enjoy your life and everything else will slowly fall into place.

  42. badidea
    November 12, 2013 @ 11:49 am

    Hi Conor, some people on this forum recovery 1 years after, I know a guy who recovery after 9 month. You can look the website “askapatient” with Rogaine. I think the recovery time is different for each people but possible. I don’t want mind the opposite. For all, please can you update the forum, that give hope for everybody.

  43. Chennai guy
    November 24, 2013 @ 9:09 am

    Hi all ,i am 24 years old male and have used minox for almost 7 months ,during these period i didnt face any major side effects except some skin problems like dark
    circle around the eyes,darkening of the face ,more pimples (but not sure these are because of minox ) ,then suddenly one night when i tried to do the things self ,
    have encountered the ED ,sometime before this i heard from my cousine that minox can cause sexual side effects ,so i immediately relate this ED problem with
    minox and stopped using it,and also my blood pressure is 140 and my chest got enlarged ,which also should be because of minox i feel , its day-2 after i faced
    erection problem ,i can see morning erection occures as usual ,but when i touch my penis ,it goes down ,i am totally stressed now ,going to consult the doctors soon ,
    is there any specific thing i need to do now ,please advice ,and also please say how long will it take to get back to normal

  44. Conor
    December 2, 2013 @ 5:55 pm

    Jordan, thank you for your update. I’m so happy you recovered. The majority of people I’ve contacted say they’ve all recovered bar one guy which is really positive.

    However, I’m coming up to six months and still see no improvements which continues to worry me. I’m trying my best to just put it to the back of my head but it really is starting to have a big impact on me mentally. I have little or no desire to socialize like the way I used to. Confidence is at an all time low. I’ll update this in a few months.

  45. 9555288
    January 18, 2014 @ 5:53 am

    i am 28 years old and i used minoxidil 5% for about 2.5 months twice a day. initially there was no side effect but after two months i noticed week erection. i thought this might be because of having sex with my virgin g f. but then i thought about minoxidil so i stopped using it. i was not very much sure about that and i had bought another one from the market and thought to confirm, so i searched the internet and found this site. now i am sure it was minoxidil which caused the erection problem. although i have stopped using it and its been a month, the erection problem is still there, it is not as hard as it used to be. will it recover itself or i,ll have to visit a doctor?
    i am also facing depression, wrinkles on my face and unwanted hair on my face.

  46. Blake aka - FutureHTDoc
    January 20, 2014 @ 4:25 pm


    Normally finasteride (Propecia), not minoxidil (Rogaine), is associated with erection dysfunction. However, it is not completely unheard of. Especially because minoxidil can affect the blood vessels and the body’s overall blood pressure. Because the erection problem is persisting and it could be caused by other issues (such as the depression), I truly think you should visit a trusted physician.

    Good luck.

    Blake (Future_HT_Doc)
    Forum Co-Moderator and Editorial Assistant

  47. rio
    February 2, 2014 @ 6:51 pm

    Guys i used minox for 6 months and noticed sexual dysfunction, visual problems, this may be related to a disease of the pituatory gland casuing it to grow a tumor whcih secretes prolactin and levels of this stay high.

    im off minox for 5 months and im still having problems down there.

    i have no idea what to do. I cant get an erection that lasts and my sper is watery and my brain is foggy and i seem to be depressed alot of the time.

    Usully when i would watch porn i would get an erection right away however this has all changed,.

    im assuming this is due to low testosterone levels.

    is there anyone that has had this problem before and if so how did they solve this?

  48. Conor
    February 6, 2014 @ 3:51 pm


    I’ve been dealing with the same issues you describe. This is my eight month dealing with it, and there doesn’t seem to be anything happening to suggest I’m getting better.

    I think your theory that minox caused a malfunction of the pituitary gland is something to consider. I really don’t know what else it could be. I got bloods done six months ago that suggested secondary hypogonadism, but unfortunately my urologist disagreed because everything was ‘within limits’, albeit just above the lower limits. My urologist completely disregarded my claims, said I’ll get better with time and then charged be €180 – some help he was.

    My advice for you firstly is to stop masturbating and to stop looking at porn. One mistake I made when this all came about was that I looked at porn every day and masturbated just to see if I was making progress. There’s a lot of evidence out there to suggest that sexual exhaustion is a real thing, so don’t risk making your condition worse by tossing off all the time. Here’s a website that explains the theory of SE well. http://cure-erectile-dysfunction.org/symptoms-of-sexual-exhaustion. It was only last week that I started following the nofap routine and after day four I woke up with a really high libido, my erections were back to 100% and my semen wasn’t watery at all; it felt like I was back to my old self again. The progress disappeared after I jerked off four or five times that day, so now I’m giving it another go to see if it helps again. I found that combing weight lifting and drinking green tea helped too. Another thing I did was to buy some viagra, just to have peace of mind.

    What you should remember is that I haven’t come across anyone who is still suffering. Not one. As pissed as I was with my urologist, he may have a point. Don’t worry so much.

  49. argento
    February 13, 2014 @ 2:14 pm

    i think they should now list erectile dysfunction as side effects as many are now reporting it including me.

  50. Ernesto
    February 18, 2014 @ 2:16 am

    Hello All,

    I am 30 yr old male, healthy and fit person. Never had any major health issues. I used rogaine 5% foam twice a day almost diligently for nearly 1 year. 11 months in I noticed a sudden drop in the quality of my erections. This was quite disconcerting as it happen right “in the moment” and had to play it off. I was quite stressed during that time so I thought it may be this as well. I consulted with an urologist, did testosterone test and all is normal. He did not seem to agree that minoxidil was the case, and that this thing may just be something temporary as he said it happens. He may be right, but I don’t want to take any chances, therefore I stopped using rogaine completely. Its been 1.5 months off it now and have not yet seen much improvement. Will report back in a few weeks with an update. In any case, I am trying to enjoy my life, eating healthy and exercising as much as I can. We can’t let this take us down, so as someone else above suggested, try to focus on your life. Nothing is gained by continuous worry. To others, please share your story, it helps reading this thread.

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