The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has recently warned about the risk of Propecia ejaculation disorders. In some cases, the disorder persists for months after a man discontinues the drug. The most common type of Propecia ejaculation disorder occurs when a man is unable to ejaculate and has difficulty reaching orgasm. This debilitating form of sexual dysfunction may severely harm a man’s quality of life. Many men who suffer from a Propecia ejaculation disorder were unaware of this risk when they used Propecia.
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April 11, 2012 — In response to hundreds of men who reported severe sexual dysfunction after using Propecia, the FDA has just announced that it will be updating the label on Propecia to warn of persistent sexual side effects, including ejaculation disorders, orgasm disorders, and erectile dysfunction. The labels will also warn that some men suffer these symptoms even after Propecia is discontinued. Click here to read the FDA statement.
Propecia is a prescription treatment for male-pattern baldness. It contains 1-mg of finasteride, a drug that was originally developed to shrink enlarged male prostate (sold as the drug Proscar). If you are a man who suffers from male pattern baldness, your hair follicles gradually shut down and stop producing hair after prolonged exposure to a normal hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Men who take Propecia typically have at least 75% less DHT, which effectively treats hair loss. Finasteride decreases DHT levels by inhibiting an enzyme called 5-alpha reductase, which normally converts the hormone testosterone into DHT.
When Merck & Co. began selling Propecia in 1997, experts already knew that finasteride could cause sexual side effects. They estimated this risk at about 2% of men, and assured their patients that the sexual side effects would resolve and normal health would return after Propecia was discontinued.
Unfortunately, since millions of men have used Propecia, there has been a growing subset of men who have suffered persistent sexual side effects that did not resolve when Propecia was discontinued.
Ejaculation is the process by which sperm are ejected from the body. Ejaculation involves a coordinated series of neurological signals and muscle contractions in the penis. The first step involves emission, in which sperm mixes with a variety of fluids from male sexual glands, and is deposited into the male urethral channel. Then, coordinated muscle contractions causes this fluid to be expelled from the body.
In a healthy male adult, ejaculate (or “semen”) usually has a volume of approximately 1.5-2 mL. Sperm only makes up around 10% of total ejaculate volume. The prostate and other glands contribute the rest of the fluids, which help increase the odds that a sperm will survive, reach a female egg, and fertilize it.
In men taking Propecia, it is very common for semen volume to be decreased. This is because the finasteride in Propecia inhibits dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a male hormone that is involved in prostate secretions. Normally, the prostate secretes a clear or milky-white fluid that consists of around 20-30% of total semen volume. In men who are taking Propecia, however, these secretions may decrease, and total ejaculate volume decreases as well.
What are Ejaculation Disorders?
There are several types of ejaculation disorders, which include:
- Failure to ejaculate: This disorder occurs when a man is able to reach sexual climax, but climax does not cause any semen to be ejaculated.
- Retrograde ejaculation: Failure to ejaculate may be caused by retrograde ejaculation, in which the semen goes into the bladder instead of being ejected outside the body.
- Premature ejaculation: Experts believe this is the most common sexual disorder for the entire male population. It occurs when a man ejaculates with minimal sexual activity, or before he wishes to ejaculate.
- Retarded orgasm: This is the ejaculation disorder most commonly reported by men taking Propecia or Proscar, and it is the most difficult to treat. It occurs when a man has difficulty reaching orgasm, or is unable to ejaculate within 30 minutes of physical stimulation. For some men, they may never be able to ejaculate. The cause of the disorder may be due to a medication, psychological condition, lack of sensation in the penis, and other reasons. Delayed ejaculation is typically easier to treat than men who have an inability to ejaculate.
Propecia Side Effects
Propecia side effects may include, but are not limited to:
- Sexual side effects
- Male breast cancer
- High-grade Prostate Cancer
- Erectile dysfunction (impotence)
- Loss of libido
- Decreased sensation in the penis
- Difficulty orgasming
- Decreased semen volume
- Body disfigurement
- Gynecomastia (growth of male breast tissue)
- Genital shrinkage
- Penile fibrosis
- Decreased muscle mass
- Increased female-pattern fat deposits
- Endocrine System Crash
- Emotional trauma, psychological damage
- Post-Finasteride Syndrome
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