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What is your current age, height, weight?
29, 186cm, 74kg
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)?
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)?
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?
Can’t get aroused
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.
[ x] Loss of Libido / Sex Drive
[ x] Erectile Dysfunction
[ x] Complete Impotence
[ x] Loss of Morning Erections
[ x] Loss of Spontaneous Erections
[ x] Loss of Nocturnal Erections
Inability or Difficulty to Ejaculate / Orgasm
Reduced Sperm Count / Motility
[ x] Emotional Blunting / Emotionally Flat
[ x] Difficulty Focusing / Concentrating
Memory Loss / Forgetfulness
[ x] Stumbling over Words / Losing Train of Thought
Slurring of Speech
[ x] Lack of Motivation / Feeling Passive / Complacency
[ x] Extreme Anxiety / Panic Attacks
[ x] Severe Depression / Melancholy
Penile Tissue Changes (narrowing, shrinkage, wrinkled)
Penis curvature / rotation on axis
Testicular Shrinkage / Loss of Fullness
[ x] Genital numbness / sensitivity decrease
Gynecomastia (male breasts)
Dry / Dark Circles under eyes
[ x] Persistent Fatigue / Exhaustion
Stomach Pains / Digestion Problems
[ x] Constipation / “Poo Pellets”
Vision - Acuity Decrease / Blurriness
Tinnitus (ringing or high pitched sound in ears)
Increased hair loss
Lowered body temperature
Other (please explain)
What (if any) treatments have you undertaken to recover from your side effects since discontinuation of the drug?
Vitamins D, zinc, multivitamins
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)?
Waiting on blood tests
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.
Finally took the plunge to start finasteride as I was self conscious about my hair ofc. Took a pill at 4am after pacing back and forth, when to bed and woke up without the ability to control my penis just by thinking. It’s been 9 days-ish(took pill August 13th 4am - its now August 21st 9.30pm as I write this)
My girlfriend was naked and around me and I couldn’t establish a connection with my penis to have any reaction whatsover. Is this impotence? The strange thing is with mechanical stimulation at a slow rhythm at a certain pace, I can get rock hard, but this is less from being aroused and more so from feeling nice I think. As soon as I stop touching it it falls down. When I try to ejaculate I can think of something arousing or watch porn (a bit easier) and by beating faster towards climax, but it shrinks a little as I get to fast. Ejaculation looks normal colored but it mostly just dribbles out.
Any advice or words of help would be appreciated. I don’t think I can keep working pretending all is okay when I’m breaking down inside.
Is the penis-brain connection known to recover at all? Thank you all.
Also, my balls constantly hang low. Even when exercising they used to shrivel but stay low (only time they shrivel is a little in a cold shower and when climaxing)