I quit Propecia 1mg a day cold turkey in march 2009, after using it for 11 months. I have been a long time lurker and now that I have been recovering and have been mostly recovered for the last 6th months, I have created an account to give back after spending hours and hours and hours lurking this forum over the last several years. I can’t post this in recoveries, because I just joined, filled out my symptom tracker, and have no credibility. I probably wont even make another post except to follow up on this post if anyone has questions.
So lets begin.
I am a very athletic individual, I have maintained a 6-12 percent body fat composition from the age of 16 and I have had a healthy diet by comparison to normalcy the whole time. I have been healthy before and and after taking Propecia.
I am relatively attractive, and very witty, and have had a continuous string of girlfriends since I was 18 along with many short term stints and a few one night stands all during these longterm relationships.
I had never had a problem even in the slightest before taking Propecia, and I would get horny one or two times a day. I would get an erection at the slightest intimacy with a woman.
When I began taking Propecia, my libido increased. after 9 month, I began noticing that I was not getting horny any more, and I would get difficult erections from time to time. at 11 month, I had no erection and I quit cold turkey the week after. My symptoms got worse for a few weeks and then started to improve for about a year until my improvements plateaued. I could get an erection, but difficult, and I still was not ever horny. Once I had an erection, I could usually keep it. After a year, I was unsatisfied at my diminished performance, I started trying new things. I would test each thing out for several month (±6) I started with eating foods that were supposedly good for libido, I tried supplements like yaohimbe and maca, which work very well, and allowed me to become honey again, but i grew dependent, and required higher dosages after just a few uses, and they became ineffective after couple weeks, so I stopped using them. I tried the 5Gs supliment regime, which made it easier to get an erection, but after a month or so, it diminished again.I tried strict paleo, strict vegitarian, etc. I tried going 5 month without masturbating, I tried weightlifting, yoga, and running.
The things I notice that led me to my cure. When I was getting off strict paleo, I would notice that my libido improved noticeably when I ate carbs, aerobic exercise improved my libido, but weight lifting, even though at the peak of weight lifting my T levels were around 800 didn’t work to improve it. The biggest thing I noticed was that 5 months of not masturbating, killed my libido, and made it very hard for me to get an erection.
With this in mind, this Is what I have beed doing since the beginning of the year. I can not say which one or combination of which things is responsible for my recovery, I can not even say that my recovery is a result of any of these things, it could just be completely coincidence. but I am going to give a list of things I have been doing since the beginning of the year, and in that time my libido has improved dramatically, I am able to get an erection every time without effort, and if I don’t masturbate for a day I am Horney, which is an amazing feeling. January 50%, Feb, 70%, march 80%, August 85, today, probably 90% Recovered.
So this is what I have been doing on order of how important I feel it has been towards my recovery:
I stopped drinking alcohol for a new years resolution (unrelated, but could affect it)
I Added starches back into my diet (It seemed to help a little)
I cut out all supplements except for calcium, antioxidant and zinc.
I Try an do more aerobic exercise (I now walk and bike long distances quite often)
I force myself to masturbate 3-5 times a day ( This is what I feel mostly led to my recovery)
While I cannot confirm anything, and my trials over the last few years have been very unscientific. I feel The primary reason for my recovery since the beginning of the year has been do to my masturbation. My libido declined dramatically after Propecia, and I did not masturbate very often, only a couple times a week. When I stopped masturbating for 5 months, it killed my libido and performance, so I decided to do the opposite, which was to force myself to masturbate 3-5 times a day. Since starting this regime, I have had a huge recovery. I am horny, my performance is great. This has been consistent for months, and my condition is improving every day.
This is not meant to make anybody stop their regimes, or avoid medical consultation. This is just what worked for me after 4 years of dealing with this problem, and if it works for you also, That’s Great.
TLDR: I am 85-90% recovered and I believe it is due to forcing myself to masturbate 3-5 times a day.