To date, Propecia, which contains the active ingredient finasteride is considered the most effective drug for men in stopping and even reversing the effects of androgenic alopecia (male pattern baldness). However, much like other drugs, risks of potential side effects exist. The ones that concern men the most include decreased libido, difficulty in achieving and maintaining an erection, and a decrease in the amount of semen. But are these sexual side effects permanent? Or will they disappear after stopping the use of the medication?
Propecia’s website reports that these sexual side effects went away in men who stopped taking Propecia because of them. Their website also reports that for those who continued with Propecia, these side effects decreased to 0.3% or less by the fifth year of treatment. However, a new study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine suggests that long term or even permanent sexual side effects may be associated with Propecia (finasteride). The study however, is not without its problems and is cause for some ambiguity.
To view the study and determine for yourself whether or not Propecia may come with risks of persistent or even permanent sexual side effects, visit “Does Propecia (Finasteride) Cause Permanent Sexual Problems?” To discuss this important topic with other hair loss sufferers and expert physicians, visit the discussion topic, “The Developing Truth About Finasteride“. You are encouraged to share your input and personal experience with Propecia.