A growing number of men are suffering from genital shrinkage after taking Propecia (finasteride) to treat male pattern baldness. Because Propecia makes massive changes to a man’s hormonal system, it can cause a wide variety of serious sexual side effects, including loss of penis tissue. Furthermore, many men are reporting persistent genital shrinkage even after they stop taking Propecia. If you have been injured by Propecia, you have a legal right to seek financial compensation and justice for your injury.
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Propecia is a prescription medication taken by millions of men to reduce hair-loss associated with male-pattern baldness. It is estimated that 50% of men are genetically predisposed to have hair follicles shut down when exposed to dihydrotestosterone, also known as DHT. To create DHT, the body uses an enzyme called 5-alpha reductase, which converts the male reproductive hormone testosterone into DHT. Propecia inhibits 5-alpha reductase, thereby limiting the body’s ability to convert testosterone into DHT. As a result, DHT levels drop by 75-80%. In some men, their hormonal system compensates for the drop in DHT by increasing production of estrogen. The imbalance in hormones is well-known to cause serious sexual side effects. These include persistent erectile dysfunction, decreased interest in sex, lower semen volume in ejaculate, growth of male breasts (gynecomastia), and more. There is also growing evidence linking Propecia to genital shrinkage.
Genital shrinkage is a condition that occurs when there is a gradual loss of tissue in the male penis, testes, or both. Penile tissue contains many hormone receptors, and hormones play a vital role in the growth and maintenance of penile tissue. When drugs like Propecia make significant changes to a man’s hormonal chemistry, it can cause a wide variety of sexual and physical side effects, including physical changes in the structure of a man’s penis.
When a man notices that he has lost penis tissue, this can cause immeasurable damage to his self-esteem and general well-being. Potential complications of severe genital shrinkage include depression, persistent anxiety, social anxiety, psychological distress, and more. These conditions can adversely affect his sexual confidence and performance.
Scientific Studies of Finasteride and Genital Shrinkage
The Examiner reported in March 2012 that there is a forthcoming scientific study of genital shrinkage that will be published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine. The study was led by Dr. Michael Irwig, the man who first investigated reports of persistent sexual side effects caused by Propecia.
In this latest study, Dr. Irwig administered finasteride to rats for four weeks. At the end of this time, Dr. Irwig weighed the rats’ penises. He found that their penises had decreased in weight by 25%. Commenting on the results, Dr. Irwig said that the results of his study were consistent with reports from men who had taken finasteride and suffered genital shrinkage.
Propecia Side Effects
The following is a partial list of side effects that have been reported in men taking Propecia:
- 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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