Propecia (finasteride) is a prescription medication that millions of men use to treat male pattern baldness. One side effect of Propecia is sexual dysfunction, which may involve a wide variety of sexual problems and physical changes due to massive changes in a man’s hormonal system. Increasing numbers of men are reporting penile fibrosis after taking Propecia. Men who suffer from this condition develop hard plagues and irregular fibrous collagen in the penis, which cause severe pain and physical deformity of the penis.
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Propecia (finasteride) is a prescription medication that millions of men have used to reduce hair loss associated with male pattern baldness (also known as andronic alopecia), a genetic condition that affects around 50% of the male population.
In men who have a genetic predisposition, the hair follicle shrinks over time due to exposure to dihydrotestosterone (DHT). This causes shorter and finer hair, and over time, the hair follicle stops growing new hair. Hair loss is permanent. Propecia interferes with the production of DHT, which slows hair loss. Propecia inhibits the enzyme 5-alpha reductase, which converts testosterone into DHT. Men taking Propecia have 75-80% less DHT.
The massive changes in hormones increases the risk of sexual dysfunction. Even more troubling, many men have reported that some symptoms persisted even after they stopped taking Propecia. Many men have reported persistent erectile dysfunction, loss of interest in sex, gynecomastia (growth of male breast tissue), decreased ejaculate volume, smaller penis size, and changes in penis structure such as penile fibrosis.
Propecia and Penile Fibrosis
Penile fibrosis is a possible Propecia side effect. It occurs when there a major physical changes in the structure of the penis. Men who suffer from this medical condition notice hard lumps or dense fibrous tissue that cause irregular hardening of the penis. Sometimes, the irregular hard areas cause the penis to curve significantly. They may also cause the penis to become painful. If the penile fibrosis is severe, it causes major physical changes, decreased penis size, and sexual dysfunction.
Researchers have determined that male sex hormones are necessary for the physical maintenance of genital tissues. Propecia makes dramatic changes to this hormonal system, including dramatically decreasing DHT levels. The penis is filled with receptors for male sex hormones, and when deprived of these hormones, physical deformity may occur.
Studies of Propecia and Penile Fibrosis
One of the most conclusive findings was published in a Chinese medical journal called the Asian Journal of Andrology in March 2003. The researchers looked for signs of penile fibrosis in rats treated with finasteride, castration, or nothing. The researchers found that the rats administered finasteride developed thick collagen fibers arranged irregularly in the penis. They also found that the rats did not develop smooth muscles in the penis, which caused their penises to be much smaller.
In conclusion, the researchers determined that male sex hormones were vital for maintaining male genital tissues. Though the castrated rats fared much worse than the rats given finasteride, the finasteride rats had more fibrosis than the rats given nothing. The study suggests that finasteride could adversely impact the physical appearance of the male genitals.
Propecia Side Effects
If you have penile fibrosis or any other severe Propecia side effect, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your injury. Side effects of Propecia 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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