Pursuit of Better Hairline Costs Some Men Their Sex Lives

Share
Copy

Irwig said he was surprised at the dearth of published material, given that finasteride has been around for 10 years and "there have been guys who have had persistent side effects for 5 and 10 years already."

Although reversible effects have been well-known, he attributed the scant knowledge about persistent effects to their relative absence in medical literature until now. "A guy will go to a doctor and will say, 'I think this medicine has caused ED [erectile dysfunction] that hasn't gone away," he said.

But because the doctor hasn't been exposed to such cases, he or she will tell the patient it's supposed to go away and refer the patient to a psychiatrist.

Study Coming Out This Week Should Make Issue Legitimate, Author Says

"This will finally give evidence that this exists and will make this legitimate and doctors won't blow these patients off," Irwig said. "And now, most importantly in terms of prevention, we can have an informed discussion; men contemplating using this medicine and doctors prescribing it."

Page
  • 1
  • |
  • 2
  • |
  • 3
Join the Discussion
You are using an outdated version of Internet Explorer. Please click here to upgrade your browser in order to comment.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
You Might Also Like...
See It, Share It
null
Danny Martindale/Getty Images
PHOTO: Woman who received lab-grown vagina says she now has normal life.
Metropolitan Autonomous University and Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine
PHOTO:
Redfin | Inset: David Livingston/Getty Images