20 y/o less full, ED, small tingles of excitement, constant mornign erections?

  1. How did you find this forum?
  2. What is your current age, height, weight?
    21, 6 feet, 155 lbs
  3. Do you excercise regularly? If so, what type of excercise?
    Ever since this shit happened, 3-4 times a week
  4. What type of diet do you eat (vegetarian, meat eater, raw, fast-food/organic healthy)?
    Pretty healthy, vegetarian, meat eater
  5. Why did you take Finasteride (hair loss, BPH, other)?
    preventative hair loss
  6. For how long did you take Finasteride (weeks/months/years)?
  7. How old were you when you started Finasteride?
  8. How old were you when you quit?
  9. How did you quit (cold turkey or taper off)?
    cold trukey
  10. What type of Finasteride did you use – Propecia, Proscar, Fincar or other generic?
  11. What dose did you take (eg. 1 mg/day, 1 mg every other day etc.)?
    1 mg/day
  12. How long into your use of Finasteride did you notice the onset of side effects?
    3 weeks
  13. What side effects did you experience while on the drug that have yet to resolve since discontinuation?

Put an X beside all that apply:

[X ] Loss of Libido / Sex Drive
[X ] Erectile Dysfunction
[ ] Complete Impotence
[ ] Loss of Morning Erections
[X ] Loss of Spontaneous Erections
[? ] Loss of Nocturnal Erections
[ ] Watery Ejaculate
[ ] Reduced Ejaculate
[ ] Inability to Ejaculate / Orgasm
[ ] Reduced Sperm Count / Motility

[ ] Emotional Blunting / Emotionally Flat
[ ] Difficulty Focusing / Concentrating
[ ] Confusion
[ ] Memory Loss / Forgetfullness
[ ] Stumbling over Words / Losing Train of Thought
[ ] Slurring of Speech
[X ] Lack of Motivation / Feeling Passive / Complacency
[X ] Extreme Anxiety / Panic Attacks
[ ] Depression / Melancholy

[X ] Penile Tissue Changes (narrowing, shrinkage, wrinkled)
[ ] Penis curvature / rotation on axis
[ ] Testicular Pain
[ ] Testicular Shrinkage / Loss of Fullness
[X ] Genital numbness / sensitivity decrease
[ ] Weight Gain
[ ] Gynecomastia (male breasts)
[ ] Muscle Wastage
[ ] Muscle Weakness
[ ] Joint Pain
[ ] Dry / Dark Circles under eyes

[ ] Prostate pain
[ ] Persistent Fatigue / Exhaustion
[ ] Stomach Pains / Digestion Problems
[ ] Constipation / “Poo Pellets”
[ ] Vision - Acuity Decrease / Blurriness
[ ] Increased hair loss
[ ] Frequent urination
[ ] Lowered body temperature

[ ] Other (please explain)

  1. What (if any) treatments have you undertaken to recover from your side effects since discontinuation of the drug?
    omega 3 fish oil, multivitamins, gingko biloba

  2. If you have pre or post-Finasteride bloodtests, what hormonal changes have you encountered since discontinuing the drug (pls post your test results in the “Blood Tests” section and link to them in your post)?

  3. Anything not listed in the above questions you’d like to share about your experience with Finasteride?

  4. Tell us your story, in your own words, about your Finasteride usage and side effects experienced while on/off the drug.

Went to dermatologist about acne. I was on accutane a few years back and it did wonders for me. I however became compeletly impotent for 2 weeks while on it, but it completely went away even whil estill staying on the drug. I brought it up to the doctor after the problem went away adn told me it wasn’t accutaneso i believed him adn thought nothing of it and wanted to go on it again. Now I was prescribed accutane 40mg/day and propecia 1mg/day. I started both and at 3 weeks noticed a decline in hardness of spontaneous erections so i quit propecia at 3.5 weeks. Then at 4 weeks, became competley impotent and stopped accutane. That week I invited my ex gf over to comfort me and talk and i got a hard on and had normal sex KINDOF and we did this for a few days. However, my package was more shriveled up adn i coud only get it hard with her. Then about 3 weeks after quitting everything, my penis felt fuller, and i was able to masterbate again and obtain a full erection, even though it was a little harder to do so, and i was turned on by pornography, maybe not as interested in doing th eact, but i was turned on when i started. This lasted for 2 weeks, and then it completely turned aroudn to how it was when it first started. ie completely impotent… except i still get hard mornign woods. its been 2 days since this happened again. I ahve been off of everyting for 5 weeks now. I am seeing a psychotherapist tomrorow to calm me down, even though I have forced myself to be calm adn it has worked, and i am seeing an endo and urologist by the end of the week. I would not be able to feel calm without my gf who loves me no matter what which is getting me thorugh this, keeping me optimistic about life even if I never return to normal so I am so thankful for her. Any advice or support would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you all for reading my story. It is jsut the set back that is really getting to me and it has only been 5 weeks. I was feeling so optimistic 2 weeks ago…

Morning erections are what everyone here is looking for – they are the sign that you’re physically healthy. It’s just as simple as that. Can’t believe I say it to anyone, but I think your problems are mental.

Not that this has anything to do with propecia, but you probably shouldn’t cheat on your girlfriend if you don’t want her to leave you.

O woops,

my ex gf is my gf again lol that is what I meant… No scandals… and with the morning erections, they are there frequently…if i dont have one i go back to sleep for a bit, and there it is a little later… i dont think it is mental either… I have that feeling of being disconnected and numbness… at the moment no matter how much i play with it, IT WON’T GET HARD… but i still wake up with them. ARGHHHHHHHH i dont know!!! I will note though, that i had sever panic attacks and they are now gone so that is a relief… I also just bought some L-arginine, so I will let you know how that goes down the road…

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I am still unable to masterbate… but i am still getting morining woods which can be achieved to 90-100% full strength… i dont get this? I feel a huge disconeection from my penis except for exactly when i wake up… Also I had my first erotic dream for the first time in 6 weeks… what does this mean… all of my sympotms are still the same…

I stopped having morning erections now… is my body slowly getting wrose?

I believe you are probably going through cycles,its your body trying to get back to normal.I have had this happen to me also

Cycles are normal. You are not supposed to get morning erections and be horny all the time.

ok… so now… I am able ot masterbate again… It will not get up unless i touch it A LOT though… and I am only horny once it is up… It is really weird… I am getting 100% hard eventually when masterbating but it still goes away really quickly if i dont keep at it… Although I would like to mention that my orgasms used to have been really shitty… liek it jsut fell out when i came…and now they are back to maybe 90-95% which is great. Sensitivity is still pretty bad but I feel it is coming back, especially when I am on the verge of climaxing… and I am feelinga slight connection to my brain again… when it is up anyways…

I am going to try and abstain from masterbating for a while… I have been trying to just exercise it and then quit right before I cum… TORTURE LOLOL but I usually fail because I am tempted. Also, ever since i start to obtain the ability to masterbate again my penis feels more full throughout the day in its flaccid state.

Any feedback would be appreciated?


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Hi Daniel,

i also suffered ED after stopping accutane. It’s been 2 weeks since i took my last pill, i had the exact symptoms as you. My dick wouldn’t wake up no matter how hard i try. Hearing first hand experience from you has relived me cause i thought i am going to be permanent impotent. I just hope it comes back to me soon. If you don’t mind me asking, how long exactly after the treatment your ED seems to be recovering?

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Fyi, that guy hasn’t signed in for 8 years so you are unlikely to get an answer. Sorry.

Perhaps you should fill out your own member story so people can see what you’re dealing with and perhaps offer some advice.

I still agree with you accutanesufferer it’s really nice to read stuff like that!!
He probably got better within the next 2 weeks or so and just never came back. I imagine if he would be full impotent again lateron he’d come here screaming about it. It’s refreshing to see stuff like this!


So I was on propecia (1mg) and accutane (40mg/day) which were started at the same time. After 4 weeks i noticed a loss of libido and not so interested in porn/sex. I discontinued using propecia at the first sign of trouble. One week later I wake up with a strange panic attack. I go to masterbate and my penis will not get hard. I masterbated the previous night and it got hard by the touch quite easily. I discontinued using accutane that morning. It has now been 2.5 weeks and I am still suffering from these side effects. The only thign that gets it up naturally is being with my gf. I am able to maintain an erection 75% of the time with her and it is just as hard as before but I am not interested in having sex at all. As well, for the other 25% I only obtain a soft erection that goes away quickly. As well, when trying to masterbate I think of sandwiches as opposed to the porn i am watching… How could this happen so suddenly?

Also, my penis is not aroused by the touch if it is not competely hard… What is wrong with me? Are there any supplements I should be taking? I have seen the doctor and am just waiting on some blood tests.

Thank you.

Welcome to the forum Dan. The fact that you began suffering side effects just a few weeks after usage is not strange at all. There are a lot of guys here that had problems after a week or so.

All of those things you mentioned are side effects of propecia and many of us have or had the same sides. The panic and anxiety drove me crazy. One of the biggest side of effects of all is the loss of interest in sex. It also seems to be the most difficult to get back.

You did the right thing by quiting. Consider yourself lucky that you only took the drug for short period of time.

good luck with your recovery.

Hello everyone,

Just an update… It has been 6 months now. I can masterbate pretty much whenever I please however it has got more numb and still takes a lot of effort to get up however once it is up it is up… and libido is still not there. it gets to maybe 95% hardness though which is a plus… but i am scared about the sensitivity… How have others dealth with this insensitivity? As well i believe only sexual sides are left. No more panic attacks… Still anxious some mornings but it fades quickly.

I saw Dr. Bain from Toronto and he has me doing 1 mg of arimidex (anastrazole) every day… it is now day 2… nothign to note except this morning I had morning wood at 95-100% but numbness and disconnection were still there. Will post a week from now about my results.

Any advice or inspiration for the sensitivity would be appreciated.

Thank you,


Hi Dan,

Why did the doctor give you Arimidex? was this prescription based on some blood results?


Not exactly… He said all of my results came back normal…his “theory” is that if he blocks estrogen it will stop the test from turning into somehting it shoudlnt be… I really dont remember… I know nothing about biology… didn’t even take it in grade 11 lol. He is seeing a few other people for propecia sides… and arimidex is helping another person on this forum although he used dutasteride…not sure if thats what it was called but yeah. I will give it a shot… I really have nothing to lose.

1mg per day of arimidex is like SUICIDAL…ITS A VERY POWERFUL DRUG…even .25 mg every other day is very strong unless you have extremely high estradial.

I wuold start off with .25mg 2x a week…Reassess blood work after a month and keep reassessing till you build a baseline…

danh, anonnn1 is right Arimidex is a very powerful drug. I personally had taken it. I took it
at 0.25 mg every other day.

I did get benefits from taking it namely better erection, return of morning erection etc but in the long term it drove my estrogen too low and i experienced no libido, joints pain, restlesness and no morning erection. But for me all the sides clear up once i discountinued the drug.

So just watch out not too overdose yourself

hope this help

Same here, I actually if this complete cluelessness about hormones landed me here…