My story and recovery progress

  1. Where are you from (country)? Spain

  2. 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

  3. What is your current age, height, weight?

26 years 1,85m 70 kg

  1. Do you excercise regularly? If so, what type of excercise?

only walk

  1. What type of diet do you eat (vegetarian, meat eater, raw, fast-food/organic healthy)?

Since 2 weeks ago, mediterranean diet/paleo diet

  1. Why did you take Finasteride (hair loss, BPH, other)?

hair loss

  1. For how long did you take Finasteride (weeks/months/years)?

1-Generic proscar since June 2014 intermittently until November 2014,
2-Generic proscar since May 2015 daily until August 2015
3-Generic proscar intermittently sice August 2015 until March 2016
4-Generic proscar daily since March 2016 until May 2016
5-Saw Palmetto since June 2016 daily until December 2016

  1. How old were you, and WHEN (date) did you start Finasteride?


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


  1. How did you quit (cold turkey or taper off)?

Cold turkey

  1. What type of Finasteride did you use – Propecia, Proscar, Fincar or other generic?

Generic proscar and Saw Palmetto

  1. What dose did you take (eg. 1 mg/day, 1 mg every other day etc.)?

Most times 0,25mg-0,5mg, sometimes 1-1,25mg (Luckily I’ve been a bad consumer)
Saw Palmetto 250mg daily

  1. How long into your use of Finasteride did you notice the onset of side effects?

Since first week

  1. What side effects did you experience while on the drug that have yet to resolve since discontinuation?

Put an X beside all that apply:


[Recovered] Loss of Libido / Sex Drive
[X] Erectile Dysfunction
[Recovered] Complete Impotence
[X] Loss of Morning Erections
[X] Loss of Spontaneous Erections
[X] Loss of Nocturnal Erections
[X] Watery Ejaculate
[X] Reduced Ejaculate
[ ] Inability to Ejaculate / Orgasm
[ ] Reduced Sperm Count / Motility I dont know

Mental (Also due to marijuana, now i dont smoke)

[Recovered] Emotional Blunting / Emotionally Flat
[Recovered] Difficulty Focusing / Concentrating
[Recovered] Confusion
[Recovered] Memory Loss / Forgetfullness
[Recovered] Stumbling over Words / Losing Train of Thought
[Recovered] Slurring of Speech
[Recovered] Lack of Motivation / Feeling Passive / Complacency
[Recovered] Extreme Anxiety / Panic Attacks
[Recovered] Severe Depression / Melancholy
[Recovered] Suicidal Thoughts


[Recovered] Penile Tissue Changes (narrowing, shrinkage, wrinkled)
[ ] Penis curvature / rotation on axis
[ ] Testicular Pain
[Recovered] Testicular Shrinkage / Loss of Fullness My testicles are big, but when i took finasteride daily my testicles were little and ridiculous like a 80s old man, now are big and full recovered.
[ ] Genital numbness / sensitivity decrease
[ ] Weight Gain
[Recovered] Gynecomastia (male breasts)
[Recovering] Muscle Wastage
[Recovering] Muscle Weakness
[ ] Joint Pain
[ ] Dry / Dark Circles under eyes


[ ] Prostate pain
[Recovered] Persistent Fatigue / Exhaustion
[ ] Stomach Pains / Digestion Problems
[ ] Constipation / “Poo Pellets”
[ ] Vision - Acuity Decrease / Blurriness
[ ] Increased hair loss
[ ] Frequent urination
[ ] Lowered body temperature

[NOW RECOVERING DAILY] Other (Facial bone, muscle and fat loss)

  1. What (if any) treatments have you undertaken to recover from your side effects since discontinuation of the drug?

Multivitamin complex (high quality), Zinc, changes on my diet, and next week ARGININE

  1. If you have pre or post-Finasteride bloodtests, what hormonal changes have you encountered since discontinuing the drug (pls post your test results in the “Blood Tests” section and link to them in your post)?

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

  3. Tell us your story, in your own words, about your Finasteride usage and side effects experienced while on/off the drug.

My story (sorry for my english):

1-Generic proscar since June 2014 intermittently until November 2014,
2-Generic proscar since May 2015 daily until August 2015
3-Generic proscar intermittently sice August 2015 until March 2016
4-Generic proscar daily since March 2016 until May 2016
5-Saw Palmetto since June 2016 daily until December 2016

I smoked marijuana many times during the treatment (until 1 november 2016), i know that it aggravated all the finasteride effects.

I can say that saw palmetto has prevented my postfinasteride recovery, in my case saw palmetto also have the same side effects than finasteride (although soft). Especially sexual effects (no morning, nocturnal and spontaneus erections, low libido, watery semen).

I can to have a full erections with constant stimulation, my penis and testicle size are the prefinasteride size, but i cann feel my prostate zone (beetween testicles and ass) more atrophied, with less potency. Im sure that the prostate exercises a esential function about maintenance of the erections beacuse retains the blood flux to the penis, it is my personal sensation.

Without saw palmetto and healthy diet i will recovery my spontaneous and nocturnal erections, my semen quality and the prostate size. This is also important because i know that the mind exercises a TOTAL influence in this syndrome.

I wish faith and positive energy for all and a lot of strenght because im total convinced that the mother nature of somehow will readjust with time and good habits ours bodies, only time and positive mind and good diet will help us. Remembering that our bodies are still a living miracle. The mind is programmed by default to underestimate us, so the real expectations will always be better than expected.


hey i have very good news

I noticed that eating daily raw garlic on an empty stomach, my total numbness is reversing, i noticed the cavernous bodies and spongy bodies more estronger, more hard, more full of general irrigation.

Please red about raw garlic, is a miracle regenerator of body, all levels.

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Finasteride since june 2014 until may 2016 with irregular doses but enough to suffer PFS.

Today 12-06-2017, after 1 year without finasteride and 6 month without saw palmetto (saw palmetto june 2016-dec 2016)
i can say that my recovery is real.

My erections are fast strong and durable. And I started to have nocturnal and morning erections after many months without it.

Semen quality is good and regenerates quickly.

Most important: I feel my pelvic floor baking to strenght, i feel that there is the key for stronger erections. Improving week to week.

For a long time I have felt my pelvic floor contracted and weak, but now is getting back, more stronger.

My protocol: No finasteride (obviously) no minoxidil. No smoke, no alcohol. A lot of water (2L daily minimum) and no junk food.
And no ejaculate is important, I have only ejaculated 3 times in 120 days. Semen retention is important because creating it consumes many resources.

The most important thing is that now I can feel total security to have sex with women. I’m regaining full confidence.

The living body regenerates constantly based on its original DNA. Only care and time is needed.

Today I can say that my erections are 100% to have sex with success.

-During finasteride: Size 80% force 50% duration 20%

-6 month post finasteride: Size 95% force 70% duration 60% without nocturnal/morning wood

-Now: Size 100% force 95% duration 85% with nocturnal erections and some morning wood and improving

This is only approximate.

During finasteride really i was completely impotent. (I’ve never used Viagra)

My subconscious mind often tells me that I have impotence, but now I know this is unreal. Be careful with your mind!!!

I can confirm that recovery is possible since total numbness.

Possibly this is my last post


Now I feel like I was born again, my mind cheats me when I feel impotent, many times I feel impotent but the truth is that I can have a enough erection 100% like prefinasteride size and permanent potency for satisfy a woman. My erection improves very slowly but is a lot better than 2 years ago, more than 1 year ago and more than 6 months ago. I feel very happy, my mind keep cheating me but when I feel impotent I realize that my penis was erect. I must say that the addiction to marijuana caused me impotence due to multiple ways, caution with this.


Thanks for checking in, people need to hear stories like yours, knowing that you’re out there getting better month after month is important.

Please check back in again soon and let us know how you’re doing.

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Mind is everything, when I believe that I can not have a good erectil, brain send this order to the penis. Everything is a very complex process and if you dont feel good you can not have the dopamine required for achieve the erection. Certainly I have to improve more but I can be well and have an adequate erection for my woman if I feel well, because If I feel insecure and anxious my erection fails, law of the mirror. I think I can still improve more if I achieve to stimulate my gonads with clomid, Hcg and creatine (creatine stimulates the 5arII) as I still suffer a little venous leak when I’m standing up due to over-estrogen stimulation, the erectile tissue was weakened through that.


I have the best news after my pfs. Today I had a permanent erection, sitting and standing, alone. Sometimes I get an erection masturbating without orgasm, just as tantra training, to check my functions. Until today I can get a permanent erection sitted, but standing I always lost my erection, but not today. Today my erection has remained standing even stopping the stimulation, in fact, I have gone to piss and my erection did not want to going down!! So I believe that my sexual life begins now, my complete confidence is coming back to stay. Definitely this process is slow but real. Today I felt that my mind is all, simply I felt that I could and I have done it. With a woman and with sildenafil or tadalafil a long party is guaraanted. Bye.


That’s amazing to hear Finashit, It’s nice to hear positives whenever we can :blush:
I’d say your absolutely delighted because going through all of this, sometimes it feels like thing’s can’t improve, but they certainly can. Go out and enjoy yourself buddy.


Thanks. I have not taken anything, only micronutrients daily and good macronutrients. And some sport (running and bike) during last 2 weeks after 10 years sedentary.


Did you genital numbness/sensitivity Decrease?Did it recover as well?


And your sympotms same as prostatitis ? so you traeted your prostatitis and recovered? can you please help us bud?

@nasa01 welcome to the forum, can you fill out a member story please. It’ll make it easier for people to know what you’re dealing with.

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Thanks for sharing that thread

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Hi! I have good news, 1 daily onion helps me to improve sexual effects, I noticed easly, strongly and permanent erections and nocturnal/morning wood. My only effects are sexuals, I feel a weak prostate zone and some insensivity but seems that works better than my mind believes.

Hey, congrats on your progress and recovery. I wanted to know if you continued taking raw garlic empty stomach everyday, because you didn’t mention garlic afterwards.

did you also take the garlic raw and on empty stomach as you did with garlic?

HI! After 4 years without finasteride I can say today that I feel 100% cured and at 99% of my prefin sexual potential. I can get a full and stable erection when I choose and I can last a long time. I feel like I have been reborn! For a long time my mind kept me tense in that area, but now I can achieve an erection without any effort. I felt neutered and I have a big dick and it works. Time and mind are very important!


Based on your member story it looks like you had almost every side effect! Congrats man enjoy life to the fullest these stories are what keep me going thanks for checking in with us. So you took fin and saw palmetto correct? That’s amazing man happy for you


Can you give a summary of what you did to recover pls?


Congrats on your recovery!
Did you happen to have gut issues on your journey?