Exposure to low-dose Propecia (1.25-mg/day) tripled the risk of being diagnosed with erectile dysfunction (impotence) and led to five-fold increased rates of prescriptions for sexual performance medications and diagnoses of low libido.
The conclusions of the study were based on data from about 1,441 men who were under 42 years old who used Propecia at some time between January 1992 to September 2013. Of these men, 17 were diagnosed with erectile dysfunction, 26 were prescribed drugs like Viagra, and 9 were diagnosed with low libido.
According to Tina Kiguradze, of the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago:
“There is a high statistically significant risk of all measured outcomes — impotence, phosphodiesterase 5 (PDE5) inhibitors, and diminished libido in men younger than 42 who were prescribed finasteride at a dose of less than or equal to 1.25 mg/day for androgenic alopecia compared to men who had no exposure to a 5-alpha reductase inhibitor.”
The active ingredient in Propecia, finasteride, prevents hair-loss in men by inhibiting the conversion of testosterone into more-potent dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Men on Propecia can have 70% less DHT than normal.
Many users have reported sexual side effects as a result of these massive hormonal changes. The FDA has also warned about reports of symptoms that persist long after Propecia is discontinued, including erectile dysfunction. Other side effects include low libido, orgasm disorders, ejaculation disorders, and more.
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