1. Hani
    May 23, 2017 @ 8:24 pm

    David and Blake,

    I used minoxidil for 4 months. Between 3-4 months, i noticed my libido dissappear to 0. I had no idea what was causing this. I thought that i might have been consuming too much phytoestrogens from plant based diet….so i stopped all sources of phytoestrogens in my diet. 3 months after stopping, my side effects are the same. After doing a quick google search and realizing that there are THOUSANDS….yes David and Blake…..THOOOUUUSSAAANNDDSS of men complaining about loss of libido and ED from minoxidil, i am 110% certain that minoxidil can cause these effects in some people. During the time i took Minoxidil, i had no changes in my lifestyle whatsoever and im young and healthy. Furthermore, i am a CERTIFIED CLINICAL RESEARCH PROFESSIONAL WITH 7 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE, 2 YEARS IN DERMATOLOGY TRIALS AND 5 YEARS IN CANCER TRIALS….so i know a thing or 2 about causality of investigational drugs and phase I-IV clinical trials. I am SHOCKED…ABSOLUTELY SHOCKED that peoples complaints of libido and ED have gone ignored by the FDA. There seems to be a huge cover up going on between the FDA and Pfizer/ Johnson and Johnson to conceal the truth about this drug (WHICH THE EXACT MECHANISM OF ACTION IS NOT EVEN UNDERSTOOD)…..And you have the nerve to tell people that they are imagining or are wrong…and that there are no documented cases??? What about the thousands of complaints of loss of libido and ED….those dont count as documented cases ???

  2. Steve
    May 28, 2017 @ 4:20 pm

    I used Rogaine for 4 months. It definitely caused me to have complete lack of sexual desire (my libido is non-existant) even 3 months after stopping. Due to the loss of my libido, my erections and penis size have also suffered of course. I wake up each morning and realize that i am living a nightmare. I have done full lab tests which are normal apparently. I am going to see an endocrinologist soon. Hopefully he will have some answers for me. I will also try natural health products in hopes of salvaging what is left of my manhood. I cant believe this is happening to me. The worst part is that many medical professionals dont truly believe it, even though they say it is possible. Minoxidils mechanism of action is unknown and there are hundreds of people complaining that their sexual desires (getting horny, feeling the urge to have sex with women) has disappeared after using minoxidil, despite being healthy young men and no other changes in their lifestyle or diet. When i started feeling lack of sexual desire (getting horny), i wondered what was causing it and was somewhat relieved since i had a high libido that always needed to be tamed by ejaculation….i thought that i may be consuming too many phytoestrogens in my diet so i stopped consuming any possible sources of phytoestrogens and nothing changed. Finally after a quick google search, i was shocked to see tons of people complaining of sexual side effects from rogaine….From the research i have done, it seems that many people recover or improve within 3 months to 1 year but there are some who have had permanent/ long term damage to their sexual function.

  3. Steve
    June 22, 2017 @ 12:00 am

    I just want to give an update. I posted the last post also. I saw the endocrinologist. He believes that minoxidil suppressed my androgen receptors as per the science paper from taiwan dated 2014 and titled “minoxidil may suppress androgen receptor related functions”. He said that would explain why all my hormone tests were normal. He said there is no way to test androgen receptor status or treat or reverse androgen receptor suppression. He said all u can do is stop the drug and wait for recovery. He said it could take more than a few months. He said its quite a rare side effect
    He also advised me to come off the antidepressant ive been on for 12 years to speed up recovery since it may have a synergistic effect even though it never caused sexual side effects in the 12 years i took it. I urge everyone who has experienced sexual side effects from minoxidil to submit a report online to the regulatory body of your country. In the US, you can submit to FDA medwatch….report a problem…consumers. Health canada has a similar online reporting system as do all first world country regulatory bodies. Please remember to complete the submission with accuracy and detail. The more the better. The FDA only needs 1 or 2 well documented submissions to take action based on your submission. They also have to determine from your submission that minoxidil was the definitley related to the side effects. Doctors are not required to submit these reports to the FDA and consumers must do it directly. These reports are needed to once and for all establish a connection between minoxidil and persistent sexual dysfunction. This is the best thing that you can do. I also highly advise that you see a naturopathic doctor to put you in the optimal situation for recovery…one that specializes in hormonal conditions.

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