Just found out I might have pfs(6.5 yrs. Fin usage)

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Where are you from (country)?
US
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?)
google
What is your current age, height, weight?
42, 5’ 9", 158lbs
What specific drug did you use (finasteride, dutasteride, saw palmetto, isotretinoin/Accutane, fluoxetine, sertraline, citalopram, leuprorelin, etc…)?
finasteride
What dose did you take (eg. 1 mg/day, 1 mg every other day etc.)?
1 mg/day
What condition was being treated with the drug?
hair loss
For how long did you take the drug (weeks/months/years)?
6.5 years
How old were you, and WHEN (date) did you start the drug?
34-35
How old were you when you quit, and WHEN (date) did you quit?
42, about two months ago
How did you quit (cold turkey or taper off)?
cold turkey
How long into your usage did you notice the onset of side effects?
after 6 years noticed less sensitivity and recently complete loss of libido and ED
What side effects did you experience that have yet to resolve since discontinuation?
ED, Libido
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Sexual
Loss of Libido / Sex Drive
Erectile Dysfunction
Complete Impotence
Loss of Morning Erections
Loss of Spontaneous Erections
Loss of Nocturnal Erections
Watery Ejaculate
Reduced Ejaculate
Inability or Difficulty to Ejaculate / Orgasm
Reduced Sperm Count / Motility

Mental
Emotional Blunting / Emotionally Flat
Difficulty Focusing / Concentrating
Confusion
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
Suicidal Thoughts

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

Misc
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)

What (if any) treatments have you undertaken to recover from your side effects since discontinuation of the drug?
none so far
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)?

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

Tell us your story, in your own words, about your usage and side effects experienced while on/off the drug.
about a year ago i noticed reduced sensitivity, did not make the connection to finestride. About three months ago took 5-htp for two months approx. Thats when ED and complete loss of libido occured. Stopped taking them about two months ago.

Just found out about this forum yesterday while looking for help online. I have some questions for you all

  1. Will I be able to have satisfying sex with the help of drugs like viagra (I realize a natural may be a long way off, if it does happen)
  2. Will I be able to have kids at all? I am single and was hoping to get married but now I am wondering if that will ever happen at all
  3. I have appointment with a family physician tomorrow.

Thank you

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Hey man, don’t worry you might get off easily if you’re in the sexual boat. Time and proper lifestyle heals tremendously, surely you’ll get married one day and have kids, hope you have a speedy recovery.

some of pfsers including me had mild symptoms(mine was 3-4 months prior to the crash i was experiencing mild symptoms) when they were on the medication, i think u dont have full blown pfs but that is a wake up call for you not to touch that shit again otherwise ur symptoms might get worse over time

Thanks @Yusef, I am already 42, looks like I have to wait for 2-3 years for recovery (based on what I am reading here). It’s just depressing to think about that

Thanks @gunit, I really hope it’s mild. Though I wonder how long before I can recover.
Background- I was looking to get married via arranged marriage. Can’t do that now until I know for sure I can have sex