I got on Propecia to fight against hairloss in 2006 and have been on it for 10 years.
There have been days, sometimes weeks and I think one or two times even a month or so, when I was off it but all in all I have been taking it for 10 years quite consistently.
I think I started in the fall of 2006. I don’t have exact records. Unfortunately I also don’t have blood tests done before taking Propecia. I have semen test after a couple of months on it (done in unrelated reason).
I popped a 1mg each day pill and largely forgot about my hair loss problem.
I don’t know exactly about my possible side effects throughout my regimen. They definitely weren’t bad enough for me to quit taking the medicine and I wasn’t really informed. When I started taking it, nothing like this site did exist and doctors didn’t warn me from anything. I thought I can always quit when anything goes awry. I think when I got on it, I didn’t notice anything serious. Over time I noticed the watery semen. And that I didn’t have morning wood. And smaller volume in ejaculation. I think libido was alright. I wasn’t able to go second rounds in sex, but I didn’t know whether I could be able to go anyway. I was a late bloomer and didn’t have proper sexual intercourses before that. I’ve had depressive periods and I’ve had fatigue and emotional lability/lack of energy from time to time. But that’s a long period of almost 10 years and I couldn’t say whether Finasteride was to blaim. I certainly didn’t think so. I had groin or testicle pain maybe a few times during that whole period of years.
Sometime last summer I found out there’s a generic version, so I jumped onto that.
This summer I also got into a new relationship. Unluckily was a bit one down in the relationship at first, so I had some erection problems. I fought them by taking Viagra and Cialis and everything was fine. I found out I can a still go without that too, so I didn’t worry too much. The problems could have been psychological as well and I even think they were at least to some large extent. In any case, my erections seemed softer or not lasting long enough without taking Viagra or Cialis and to be sure, I went to the doctor to get myself checked.
To my surprise, I was told I had prostatitis. I had no idea how long I’ve had it. I didn’t notice any symptoms that I was able to connect to prostatitis myself. I was put on antibiotics for a month.
I quickly got some symptoms though too. Maybe I caught the disease early?
I needed to go to toilet frequently and even at night, felt the pressure to urinate often, got some pain and pressure in the abdomen and sometimes anus and in the groin and in the back.
I read there might be a connection for taking finasteride as a young man and developing prostatitis later on in life. I also read about other stuff here, so I freaked out a little.
It’s definitely rare to have prostatitis in your early 30s.
When prostate massage was performed to me, I was told it’s swelled and uneven. The massage was very painful. I was told it shouldn’t be.
Now, after 5 months my symptoms are somewhat lessen but they’re still there.
I took antibiotics for a month. Then I took Flosin and Trimetop for some time. I can live with it but my symptoms are still there after 5 months.
When I went to the doctor in the fall, they also did blood tests as I asked.
FSH 6.7 (1.5 … 12.4 U/L)
LH 3.93 (1.70 … 8.60 U/L)
Free androgen index (FAI) > 100.00 ↑ (35.00 … 92.60 %)
S-SHBG 20.90 (18.30 … 54.10 nmol/L)
Testosterone 22.49 (11.40 … 27.90 nmol/L)
Estradiol 121.8 (>223.0 pmol/L)
How do these look? Estradiol is high but overall not really bad?
My sperm quality was really bad though. Not sure whether it was because of the infection in my prostate or because of finasteride or both. Probably both.
Some time after that I went onto 0,5mg daily Propecia and some time after that in December I stopped taking it.
At first it was because I suddenly realised none of the pharmacies in my country carry this any more. It suddenly had become a special medicine that needed a special clearance and with a warning. 5 mg Proscar was still available but I didn’t have prescription for this. Then after becoming more and more aware, I though it would be good idea anyway to stop taking it or at least take a break.
To see what my hairloss will do, what my hormones will do and whether I’ll recover.
A few weeks after stopping I did a new blood and sperm test. Just one week before the sperm test it had been 10 times better. Still bad but now it was totally shit. Semen cells count was from 110 millions (10 years ago) to 16 million just before quitting finasteride to literally 1 million after quitting. And they were all defected in the last test.
Sperm test was total shit. I was pretty much infertile.
I don’t know if I will have a kid with my current girl but I still would like to have children maybe at some point.
Blood tests as follows. Testosterone had plummeted. My testosterone was like a 50 years old or worse. Correct?
How it all seems to you? And other changes as well. This test is some weeks after quitting finasteride.
FSH 8.2 (1.4 – 18.1 lU/l)
LH 3.78 (1.5 – 9.3) lU/l)
Free androgen index (FAI) 15 – 95 (71.47)
S-SHBG 24 (17 – 66 nmol/l)
Testosterone 17.1 (8.4 – 28.7 nmol/L)
Estradiol 125.2 (>146.0 pmol/L)
This blood and sperm test is from 9 weeks ago. I will be making a new one tomorrow and with some more measurements like it’s recommended here.
Actually, even though I’v become more and more paranoid. I’ve had my morning and spontaneous erections returning for some time now. I haven’t had these for years.
Sure hope my measurements in Testosterone and others have turned to the better. Fingers crossed.
I still feel fatigue and have problems with my prostate. Also feel more and more depressed now with these problems.
I also have a chronic back problem with two discs that cause me pain 24/7 so it all adds up.
I’ll have my next doctors appointments next week. Both with the same andrologist I went to this fall and with a new endocrinologist.
I just hope I’ll recover and get my hormones back in order.
Also will probably start to take Zinc, magnesium, vitamin B6 for my Testosterone after my doctors appointments.
Any other recommendations?