Another ruined life here! MY STORY

) Where are you from (country)?


  1. How did you find this forum (Google search – if so, what search terms? Via link from a forum or website – if so, what page? Other?)


  1. What is your current age, height, weight?

28, 5`8 , 180lbs

  1. Do you excercise regularly? If so, what type of excercise?

yes, weights

  1. What type of diet do you eat (vegetarian, meat eater, raw, fast-food/organic healthy)?

low meat

  1. Why did you take Finasteride (hair loss, BPH, other)?

hair loss

  1. For how long did you take Finasteride (weeks/months/years)?

1 year

  1. How old were you, and WHEN (date) did you start Finasteride?


  1. How old were you when you quit, and WHEN (date) did you quit?


  1. How did you quit (cold turkey or taper off)?


  1. What type of Finasteride did you use – Propecia, Proscar, Fincar or other generic?


  1. What dose did you take (eg. 1 mg/day, 1 mg every other day etc.)?


  1. How long into your use of Finasteride did you notice the onset of side effects?

3 months

  1. What side effects did you experience while on the drug that have yet to resolve since

Put an X beside all that apply:

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

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

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

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


  1. 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)?

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

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

Hello, my name is tal i’m from israel, i will tell my story here maybe it will help to relieve some of the distress i’m in… fin destroyed my life too…
3 years ago i’ve started to take Propecia 1mg after my dermatolog offered it and told me its a great drug… after 3 months of fin ive started to feel an insane drop of libido…, i was a healthy hornet dog pre fin, i used to masturbate 2-3 times a day at least (even my friends thought i’m them most sexual person they have ever seen)… i remember after 3 months i went with my friends to the beach and all the girls didn’t do anything to me, it was looking at trees or rocks… i remember laughing with my friends cuz i always thought if i stopped everything will be normal… after 6 months i remember i drove with my girlfriend next to me and told her i dunno what is happening but its began to be hard for me to remember simple words and sometimes i couldn’t complete a sentence… i didn’t even refer it to fin then… after that the urination problems began and i remember pee dropping out of my penis after taking a leek , I’ve noticed an insane thickening of my chest hair like i became a 10 yr old boy again…
i still managed to have sex and my libido was 6\10

the first 2 weeks after i stopped fin i was ok and then ive noticed and insane drop in libido and penis sensation, then i went to a trip with my buddies to centeral america, we’ve been partying all night long and there where gorgeous european girls there and i really didnt care for them at all, libido was 0/10 penis sensation was 10%, i was off! i didnt even masturbate once in the whole 2 months trip! that was insane, i also noticed that its like hard for my body to push the seamen out, its like i felt it inside my belly before ejaculation…

today im 2 years off… i still have a really low libido like 2-3/10 and penis sensation is 40%
sometimes i find myself not masturbating for 2-3 weeks even… and when i do i force it and i need to rub my penis really hard, porno doesnt do anything anymore…i got rid of the brain fog but i still have a low urine stream ,i have testicles pain from time to time and the orgasms sucks its like 3/10, also the seamen goes out a lot before i orgasm…

i think fin also contributed my lower back si joint problem due to weakness in the pelvic floor muscles i think i fucked up this joint and now i have hyper mobile si joint …
i havnt worked in a year now, im lying in bed in agony trying to solve these problems

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Well man, don’t lose hope. There are some studies going on etc.
I believe that pfs is an autoimmune disease, so maybe you should do some research on your own. What I’ve found helpful is meditation and getting out sugar.

Hey Tal,

You posted this 3 years ago. Have you seen any improvement since then? I hope you are still around to let us know.

yo guys, this is going to be long, but be patient plz, today im 29 and ive started to take fin in 2012 till 2013 for 1 year. after a few months ive started to have some weird stuff going on like brain fogs, constant cold, libido reduction and reduce in semen volume… i managed to have sex but i felt very sick, after a year ive sopped cold turkey, 2-3 days later i felt like me penis is totaly numb, like a dead piece of meat… i could make it hard at all ,2 year later my low libido and penis numbness were still there, maybe 10% better, that added a ton to my tension level till on morning i woke up with a panic attack! furthermore ive started to have some aches in my right knee and backs… the pains gradually increased till 2 years ago i can in the middle of the night with a 10/10 back pain and rushed to the er!

for 2 years i had sciatica, and could sit on a chair… i took an mri and nothing showed, i became mad, i snapped completely and lost it, i became addicted to drugs and just wanted to die… how can it be that i have such severe pain and nothing shows on the mri
why am i telling you all this?

now for the mind blowing discovery!

a year ago after looking for a solution ive came across with Dr John E Sarno’s M.D word…
the good doctor worte a very successful books and among them was “Healing back pain” a best seller book…

in his book sarno share his experience with dealing with people with chronic pains and how inconsistent are the diagnoses of the westren medicine with the symptons… like me, how is it possible that the mri doesnt show any flaw in my spine and i still have sciatica for 2 years?

in a nut shell Sarno explains a global condition in humans which he calls TMS - tension myositis syndrome he further says that these pains and induces by the brain as a defense mechanism to protect us in order the prevent for bad thoughts like rage and fear escape from the subconscious to the conscious.

furthermore he have learned in his practice that people who are perfectionists, their own worst critics, hard working, trying to please others are more prone to have these pains and symptoms then other people! all of these traits creates rage in the subconcious which in itself really behave like the small child inside us…

ask yourself if you had over the years: allergies, asthma, back pain, knee pain, joint pain, problems with your bowls and intestines, panic attacks, depression, hicups, heart burns, being sick a lot, pain that moves around, tendinitis, vertigo, ulcer, head aches and more…

all of these harmless but painful conditions are intended by the brain in order to protects us so we focus on the body and not on our empotions!
that the mind doest is its using the autonomic nervous system and reduces by a bit the blood flow to a cretin are it wants, this is called ischemia, the pain is real and ironically it can be the most severe pain Sarno saw in medicine

i personally found myself in every page i read on his book… my pain started 1 week after i got fired from my workplace, i also was emotionally abused by my mother all of mylife which sarnos explains causes an enormous amount of rage!

why am i teling you all of these, in my journey for healing ive started to ask, is it possible that the subconscious tension is the reason im unable to heal from pfs?
how is it possible that most heal and some dont, my best friend took propecia for 5 years , he stopped and he have no problems today, when i analyzed him ive realized that he had a beautiful childhood and he never creates inner tension

the tension causes the hypothalamus to be over active and it gets stuck in a fight or flight reaction

today, my backpain is 80% better and my pfs is almost gone, ive followed tension healing practices and still healing…

im 200% believe that the reason that some of us are stuck in pfs is subconscious tension, once you get balance again in life you will see healing

thats why people think that exercise or diet helped them and after a few years they have healed from that… what im sure that whay happen is that the tension factors in their lives were removed and they are not in a state of fight or flight!

i personally urge you guys to read “Healing back pain” and just switch the back pain to pfs…

i also got rid from my 8 years of allergies to dust and dogs… i pet dogs as much as i want know without any symptoms!