Men taking the drugs Propecia and Proscar finasteride for hair loss are reporting some seriously bad sexual side effects, including loss of sex drive and in some cases prolonged periods of erectile dysfunction even years after they stop using the medications, according to a new study. Announced on March 14, the study, from The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in the US, involved interviews with 71 healthy men taking finasteride for male pattern hair loss. Of the men studied, 94 percent said they developed low sexual desire, 92 percent said they developed erectile dysfunction, 92 percent said they developed decreased arousal, and 69 percent said they developed problems with orgasm. Men in the study reported they used finasteride for an average of 28 months. The sexual side effects were reported to have lasted "an average of 40 months from the time the men stopped finasteride to the interview date," according to a release. Another similar study announced on January 12 reports that men using Propecia may experience loss of libido, erectile dysfunction, and even growth of man breasts.
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Author: Kate. If sex or masturbation lead to hair loss, just about everyone on the planet would be bald. As hair is also essentially fibrous protein, it makes sense that depleted protein levels will affect hair growth. Although protein has many roles to play in the body structurally, metabolically and protection of the immune system , the hair generally gets the protein it needs to maintain a healthy condition through proper nutrition and perhaps supplements for hair growth.
Testosterone is a hormone produced by the human body. It also helps build muscle and bone mass. Testosterone production typically decreases with age. According to the American Urological Association , about 2 out of 10 men older than 60 years have low testosterone. That increases slightly to 3 out of 10 men in their 70s and 80s.
Medically reviewed by C. Fookes, BPharm Last updated on Apr 13, Female-pattern hair loss is the main type of hair loss that occurs in women. It is more common after menopause, although it can start any time after puberty. Another name for it is androgenetic alopecia.