Welcome to our community. Please fill in the following template as a way of introducing yourself, and helping others to understand your background and situation.
Where are you from (country)?
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?)
Mentioned on r/tressless
What is your current age, height, weight?
21, ~5’8" (hasn’t been measured in a while), ~150lbs
What specific drug did you use (finasteride, dutasteride, saw palmetto, isotretinoin/Accutane, fluoxetine, sertraline, citalopram, leuprorelin, etc…)?
What dose did you take (eg. 1 mg/day, 1 mg every other day etc.)?
1.25 mg, daily
What condition was being treated with the drug?
For how long did you take the drug (weeks/months/years)?
How old were you, and WHEN (date) did you start the drug?
21 years old; started December 6th, 2018.
How old were you when you quit, and WHEN (date) did you quit?
Still 21; January 5th, 2019
How did you quit (cold turkey or taper off)?
How long into your usage did you notice the onset of side effects?
Not entirely sure, probably 2 maybe 3 weeks
What side effects did you experience that have yet to resolve since discontinuation?
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Loss of Libido / Sex Drive
Loss of Morning Erections
Loss of Spontaneous Erections
Loss of Nocturnal Erections
Inability or Difficulty to Ejaculate / Orgasm
Reduced Sperm Count / Motility
Emotional Blunting / Emotionally Flat
Difficulty Focusing / Concentrating
Memory Loss / Forgetfulness
Stumbling over Words / Losing Train of Thought
Slurring of Speech
Lack of Motivation / Feeling Passive / Complacency
Extreme Anxiety / Panic Attacks
Severe Depression / Melancholy
Penile Tissue Changes (narrowing, shrinkage, wrinkled)
Penis curvature / rotation on axis
Testicular Shrinkage / Loss of Fullness
Genital numbness / sensitivity decrease
Gynecomastia (male breasts)
Dry / Dark Circles under eyes
Persistent Fatigue / Exhaustion
Stomach Pains / Digestion Problems
Constipation / “Poo Pellets”
Vision - Acuity Decrease / Blurriness
Tinnitus (ringing or high pitched sound in ears)
Increased hair loss
Lowered body temperature
Other (please explain)
Penis is sometimes hard-flaccid. Usually when standing, sometimes while sitting, but it’s usually normal while laying down.
What (if any) treatments have you undertaken to recover from your side effects since discontinuation of the drug?
Beetroot extract, increases blood flow (allegedly). Also tried supplementing with amino acids for a bit, maybe I should try that again. Hoping to start living healthier (diet, exercise, sleep) soon.
If you have pre or post-drug blood tests, what hormonal changes have you encountered since discontinuing the drug (please post your test results in the “Blood Tests” section and link to them in your post)?
Got a hormone panel done in mid-January (<2 weeks after quitting fin), wasn’t super comprehensive (tested free T, total T, prolactin, and SHBG). SHBG was pretty high, but I’m sure that’s normalized by now. Everything else normal. Got a more comprehensive blood panel done recently (late July). Most things normal, but I’ve been diagnosed with hypothyroidism (which is known to cause sexual dysfunction).
Anything not listed in the above questions you’d like to share about your experience?
Don’t think so.
Tell us your story, in your own words, about your usage and side effects experienced while on/off the drug.
Took the drug for a month for receding hairline. Side effects (watery ejaculate, soft erections, no morning wood, etc.) got to be a bit too much for my tastes, so I quit. Like many others, my symptoms improved for a bit (~10 days), then I went through that notorious “crash”. Things have improved since then, but I’m still not normal.
I’ll try to write in-depth about my symptoms now. If you’re gonna read one part of my post then please read the following.
I wake up soft most mornings, and morning wood used to be a daily occurrence. Some mornings I can get hard after waking up (usually the erection isn’t 100% though). Some mornings I actually have woken with an erection (full ones, too). This recently happened from July 24th, the day after an appointment with a GP about my symptoms, until July 30th, the day of my follow-up appointment. (These dates make me wonder if there’s something psychological at play).
I’m pretty sure my penis has changed shape. The shaft slopes more to the left than it used to (it looks like something happened at the left side of the base), but the glans straightens out, creating a “kink” under the glans on the right side that’s most noticeable when semi-erect. It reminds me of a textbook example of an obtuse angle. It’s not that bad, but I’m sure I would’ve had that thought before if it was always like that. I got felt up by a urologist in late January who said he couldn’t find any signs of plaque or structural damage. I myself haven’t noticed any signs since then, but maybe I’m due for another professional exam. Also, I don’t think I’ve experienced any loss of fully erect length or girth.
My penis acts weird a lot. It seems like it’s always hard-flaccid while I’m standing. Maybe that’s psychological (I expect my dick to be hard-flaccid, so it starts acting all hard-flaccidy). Sometimes, it’s longer and narrower than it should be, I think that usually happens when I whip it out to piss. Also, I’ve experienced that thing where your dick curves/wrinkles in the middle while you’re pooping. I don’t know if that’s normal, but I’ve only seen people dealing with fin sides talk about it.
I can get full erections (and achieve orgasm), but getting and maintaining full erections is harder than it was before. Usually, when I get erections, my shaft engorges but my glans does not. The glans will engorge too with manual stimulation, but it seems like it does not engorge naturally.
I’ve gained weight since the beginning of the year (maybe I started getting fatter sooner), but I think that has more to do with worse diet (been eating more fast food lately) and slower metabolism from hypothyroidism. My right nut has also ached a bit lately, doubt that’s related though.
I’ll add that I do have mild depression, but it’s never interfered with my sexual functioning before. In fact, the only time I’ve experienced sexual dysfunction is when I took Zoloft, but that cleared up the moment I stopped taking it. I’m currently taking Wellbutrin, although I’ve been taking it irregularly lately.
As I’ve mentioned a couple times in this post, I’ve recently been diagnosed with hypothyroidism. I’ve been taking meds for a couple of weeks, but I don’t think I’ve shown any signs of improvement. The meds won’t take full effect until 6-8 weeks after I started taking them, and I may need a higher dose, so I’m trying to be hopeful. Honestly, if I started waking up with morning wood again, that would mean the world to me.
So yeah, I’m just a normal dude who’s dick isn’t working at 100% and I’d like it to again. I’m open to any treatment ideas (supplements, meds, lifestyle adjustments, etc.) you guys may have.
Minor update (Oct 5): I’ve been using Nizoral shampoo for the past several months. I saw some people on this site claim that Nizoral can worsen symptoms or even be an outright cause of PFS. Personally, I’m skeptical. Not even r/tressless thinks much of Nizoral’s anti-androgen effects, but I guess I can give it up for a bit and see what happens.