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)?
New York, USA
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?)
What is your current age, height, weight?
30, 5’ 9.5"
What specific drug did you use (finasteride, dutasteride, saw palmetto, isotretinoin/Accutane, fluoxetine, sertraline, citalopram, leuprorelin, etc…)?
320mg saw palmetto + pumpkin seed oil
What dose did you take (eg. 1 mg/day, 1 mg every other day etc.)?
What condition was being treated with the drug?
Hair loss prevention (was probably never even losing my hair. BDD sucks…)
For how long did you take the drug (weeks/months/years)?
2.5 years full dose + 1 year low dose
How old were you, and WHEN (date) did you start the drug?
25 (June 2014)
How old were you when you quit, and WHEN (date) did you quit?
27 (Nov 2016)
How did you quit (cold turkey or taper off)?
Cold turkey but took lower dose (80-160mg) in multivitamin for a year, than completely off
How long into your usage did you notice the onset of side effects?
ED in first week, 100% fine for 1.5 years after first week, then nasty sides started
What side effects did you experience that have yet to resolve since discontinuation?
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] Loss of Morning Erections
[ x] Loss of Spontaneous Erections
Loss of Nocturnal Erections
Inability or Difficulty to Ejaculate / Orgasm
Reduced Sperm Count / Motility
[ x] Emotional Blunting / Emotionally Flat
Difficulty Focusing / Concentrating
[ x] Confusion
Memory Loss / Forgetfulness
[ x] Stumbling over Words / Losing Train of Thought
Slurring of Speech
[ x] Lack of Motivation / Feeling Passive / Complacency
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
Persistent Fatigue / Exhaustion
[X ] Stomach Pains / Digestion Problems
Constipation / “Poo Pellets”
Vision - Acuity Decrease / Blurriness
Tinnitus (ringing or high pitched sound in ears)
Increased hair loss
[X ] Lowered body temperature
[ x] Other (please explain)
What (if any) treatments have you undertaken to recover from your side effects since discontinuation of the drug?
-VSL 3 probiotics
-Life situation changes
-Playing video games to distract mind
-Reading self help books which focus on optimal health
Other potential additions:
-Sensory deprivation tank
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?
I have been suffering from BDD since 2013 and was never even losing my hair. I lost everything for no reason. One of the hardest things I have to deal with is the regret of this decision which never needed to happen in the first place. Thought I was dodging a bullet with saw. Was dead wrong.
Tell us your story, in your own words, about your usage and side effects experienced while on/off the drug.
I noticed a tiny bit of recession in 2014 and freaked out. Researched natural ways to save hair and found saw palmetto, then later pumpkin seed oil. I thought both were safe. My hair didn’t change at all but in 2016 I started to notice much less libido as well as depression and anhedonia. I did NoFap in 2016 and thought I was flatlining at first so I didn’t connect the dots for nearly 2 years. One day at the end of 2016, I woke up and couldn’t feel my penis at all. Was extremely terrified. I didn’t get morning wood but didn’t think much of it back then. Have had bad depression since the end of 2016 as well, but I was better when I was in a relationship in 2017.
Now I’m fighting to get back what was stolen from me