Is this PFS? Help Please!

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What is your current age, height, weight?
25, 66kg, 177cm

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.)?

What condition was being treated with the drug?

For how long did you take the drug (weeks/months/years)?
9 months

How old were you, and WHEN (date) did you start the drug?

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

How did you quit (cold turkey or taper off)?
weaned down to 0.25 every other day for a month then stopped.

How long into your usage did you notice the onset of side effects?
6 months

What side effects did you experience that have yet to resolve since discontinuation?
no sexual desire
reduced sensation

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[ Y] Loss of Libido / Sex Drive
[Y ] Erectile Dysfunction
Complete Impotence
[Y ] Loss of Morning Erections
[Y ] Loss of Spontaneous Erections
[Y ] Loss of Nocturnal Erections
Watery Ejaculate
Reduced Ejaculate
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
[Y ] Lack of Motivation / Feeling Passive / Complacency
Extreme Anxiety / Panic Attacks
[Y ] Severe Depression / Melancholy
Suicidal Thoughts

[Y ] Penile Tissue Changes (narrowing, shrinkage, wrinkled)
Penis curvature / rotation on axis
Testicular Pain
Testicular Shrinkage / Loss of Fullness
[Y ] 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
Tinnitus (ringing or high pitched sound in ears)
Hearing loss
Increased hair loss
Frequent urination
Lowered body temperature

Other (please explain)

It has been one month since i have stopped fin. I had been getting a slightly reduced libido and mild ed which slightly worried me.
I had tapered down from 0.25mg daily to 0.25mg every other day over the course of one month before finally quitting.
Within 4 days of quitting my libido and erections (both day time and nocturnal) had come back (actually was higher than usual)
This increase in libido lasted for about 10 days before completely crashing.

Now i get no spontaneous erections during the day or night.
Very low libido
Am able to get hard however, only with physical stimulation (and these are impossible to maintain unless there is a constant physical stimulus)

I have been experiencing these symptoms for 1 week now. And am really worried.
In your opinion do I have PFS.
Or should I wait for a few months to assess?

Give it 3 months.

Definitely give it a GOOD 3 months before you start thinking PFS indeed.

Ok. I’ll wait for a few months. Went to the GP yesterday who also advised me to wait for a while. I forgot to mention I’ve been experiencing insomnia, which has never been a problem for me before.
Hopefully things right themselves with time…

Just wondering. Why do people constantly quote the 3 month figure. Is just a random amount of time or based on something else?

We say that after 3 months symptoms can be considered persistent. The reality is that many people recover before and after that time.

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