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?)
Google search about PFS symptoms
What is your current age, height, weight?
Just turned 18, 5’11, 147lbs
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.)?
Capful of 5% Kirkland Minoxidil 2x 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?
*17, January 2019
How old were you when you quit, and WHEN (date) did you quit?
*18, June 2019
How did you quit (cold turkey or taper off)?
How long into your usage did you notice the onset of side effects?
What side effects did you experience that have yet to resolve since discontinuation?
All of them. Nothing has improved in 7 months.
Check the boxes that apply. You can save your post first, then interactively check/uncheck the boxes by clicking on them. If your symptoms change, please update your list.
[xx] Loss of Libido / Sex Drive
[x] Erectile Dysfunction
[ ] Complete Impotence
[x ] Loss of Morning Erections
[x] Loss of Spontaneous Erections
[x] Loss of Nocturnal Erections
[x] Watery Ejaculate
[x] Reduced Ejaculate
[x] Inability or Difficulty to Ejaculate / Orgasm
[x] Reduced Sperm Count / Motility
[x] Emotional Blunting / Emotionally Flat
[x] 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
[x] Penile Tissue Changes (narrowing, shrinkage, wrinkled)
[ ] Penis curvature / rotation on axis
[ ] Testicular Pain
[x] Testicular Shrinkage / Loss of Fullness
[ ] Genital numbness / sensitivity decrease
[ ] Weight Gain
[/] Gynecomastia (male breasts)
[xxx] Muscle Wastage
[xxx] Muscle Weakness
[ ] Joint Pain
[xxx] Dry / Dark Circles under eyes
[ ] Prostate pain
[xxx] 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
[x] Lowered body temperature
[x] Other (please explain)
Angry feelings, extreme collagen loss in skin, dry frizzy hair, no sebum/earwax/sweat.
What (if any) treatments have you undertaken to recover from your side effects since discontinuation of the drug?
Fasting, dozens of supplements, Creatine
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)?
Never got a hormone test before Minoxidil but the rundown is high T (895ng/dl) low dht (45) and high E (40)
Anything not listed in the above questions you’d like to share about your experience?
I dermarolled while using Minoxidil, so it went systemic and often overdosed slightly.
Tell us your story, in your own words, about your usage and side effects experienced while on/off the drug.
Started the drug for hairloss, stopped it initially because it was making my skin look like shit. From July 2019-Early December 2019 I was betting hard on recovering naturally. I fasted, took various different supplements but nothing was making me any better. Now I’m several months off the drug and convinced this will be permanent if I don’t treat it.
In December I got my hormone tests and realized my DHT was quite low for my High T. I did more research and found out that Minoxidil is an anti-androgen, and that could also explain my issues with skin and libido. January 1st 2020 I found this forum. I asked my doctor for DHT gel shortly after and she said it was my Adrenals that were the problem. I’ve been on Adrenal treatment (Adren-all) and haven’t seen any improvement at all in 2 weeks. I’ve also started Creatine yesterday and have a slight 5-10% improvement so far. It’s a shame that a drug that’s marketed as being innocent and risk-free alternative to Finasteride is really just as big of a 5-ar inhibitor. Now I’ve likely stunted my puberty and development if I don’t get some sort of treatment. I’ve dropped 10 lbs of muscle mass.
My current plan is to get my hands on Andractim, proviron, or mesterone. I will also go for a long no-fap session to get my androgen receptors up. I will also sprint cardio and intermittently fast for more androgen receptor density. I believe this is an androgen receptor issue 100%, PFS is not bacterial, it’s not an infection like some have proposed. It’s a hormonal issue 100%. So that’s what I’m going to be focusing on.