Baldness Drug Risks Men's Sexual Health
by Joseph Mercola: Why
80% of U.S. Dentists Are 150 Years BEHIND the Times…
Men could be
risking their sexual health by taking the common anti-baldness drug
Propecia (finasteride). Experts say the drug can cause serious side
effects and isn't adequately labeled.
manufacturer of the drug, mentions problems on its Web site such
as difficulty achieving an erection, but also says the problems
will go away for men who stop taking the drug. However, many doctors
say that complete impotence is not unusual even among men who have
stopped taking the drug.
says they continually monitor its safety and have recently changed
the labeling after reports of sexual side effects continuing after
people had stopped taking the drug. They also claim those cases
... could be caused by something other than Propecia itself."
News December 21, 2010
has been heavily promoted directly to American men in TV commercials
and male-oriented magazines. Its promise is an alluring one: "Helping
make hair loss history."
that nine out of 10 men with mild to moderate male pattern hair
loss on the top or middle front of their head will experience visible
results. The drug works by reducing DHT, the most potent male hormone
that is linked to shrinking hair, by blocking the enzyme 5 alpha
the images of impressive results showing men's baldness practically
disappearing is a disturbing side effect that is barely talked about
despite the drug's popularity: impotence.
Destroy Your Sex Life
BBC News followed
one story of a 26-year-old who took Propecia for male pattern baldness.
He stopped taking the drug when he noticed a decreased interest
in sex, then a few weeks later became impotent. Even after six months
of testosterone therapy his sexual health had not been restored,
and his physician suggested a penile implant as a solution.
Web site lists sexual side effects as a possibility but downplays
their severity, stating:
number of men had sexual side effects, with each occurring in less
than 2% of men. These include less desire for sex, difficulty in
achieving an erection, and a decrease in the amount of semen. These
side effects went away in men who stopped taking Propecia because
men have found that the sexual side effects do NOT go away once
the drug is stopped. The problem is so common that a Web site, PropeceiaHelp.com,
was formed for men with persistent sexual, mental and physical side
effects that have continued despite their having stopped taking
Syndrome" More Common than Previously Recognized
There are currently
over 1,000 members on PropeciaHelp.com, many of whom believe they
suffer from Post-Finasteride Syndrome, a condition of permanent
sexual, mental and physical side effects that do not resolve after
quitting the drug, and most often are accompanied by an acquired
form of secondary hypogonadism (when the sex glands produce little
or no hormones).
Web site states:
the medical community are unaware of this possibility, dismiss such
claims, or do not care to investigate further as to how or why this
irreversible 5AR inhibitor is leaving some men with a post-drug
endocrine system crash, loss of androgenic action in the male body,
and a common set of hypogonadal symptoms
why after quitting, those with permanent issues often find their
Testosterone, LH & FSH hormone levels drop through the floor
(levels typically only seen during male Andropause in old age, amongst
other hormonal imbalances), and acquire an extremely difficult to
treat form of secondary hypogonadism.
there has been no clinical or medical research into this serious
adverse post-drug reaction.
already suffering, what is ultimately required is a clinical, controlled
study in the lab comparing us to those who never took the drug,
to ascertain the root cause of our condition, why our bodies seem
to no longer respond to androgens correctly in many cases, and why
we continue to experience hypogonadal symptoms and irreversible
side effects... with the ultimate goal of finding a cure to reverse
this nightmarish syndrome, once and for all."
So for men,
taking Propecia may very well lead to permanent damage to your sexual
health, and no one knows who will be impacted, whether or not it
will be permanent, or why.
And as for
women, the drug can also have a devastating effect on a developing
baby's sex organs, so much so that Merck, the drug's maker, warns
women who are or may become pregnant to not even handle broken tablets:
who are or may potentially be pregnant must not use Propecia and
should not handle crushed or broken Propecia tablets because the
active ingredient may cause abnormalities of a male baby's sex organs."
If You Have
Male Pattern Baldness, Make Sure You're Doing This …
medical dogma says that male pattern baldness is a genetic condition
and there is not much you can do to alter it but I don't believe
that for a moment. While it is clear genetics are involved, the
expression of your genetic predisposition (in other words, whether
or not you actually lose your hair) is largely environmentally induced.
So what does
this mean for male pattern baldness?
There is strong
evidence that early male-pattern baldness could be a clinical
marker of insulin resistance, a condition in which you lose
your sensitivity to insulin, resulting in excess blood sugar.
As I've explained
in numerous articles, insulin resistance is the root
cause of most chronic disease, and maintaining proper insulin
regulation is a primary factor of good health.
In a nutshell,
you do that by:
sugar/fructose and grains (including organic whole grains as they
too will quickly convert to sugar in your body and lead to insulin
I truly believe
that had I known this information 20 years ago, I would still have
a full head of hair. Unfortunately, for many years I was a certified
carb addict and consumed an excess of high-grain foods which
are a disaster for my protein nutritional type.
So, guys, if
you're experiencing hair loss or are worried that you might, cut
down or eliminate the grains and sugars from your diet. Even better,
your nutritional type and begin eating the foods that best support
it, as this will give you optimal nourishment for your hair growth
and your entire body.
Any Natural Treatments for Impotency?
If you're suffering
sexual side effects like impotency from Propecia or any other cause,
there are some natural remedies you can try.
Panax ginseng and Maca root have been used for centuries as libido-boosting
tonics. And the amino acid L-arginine has a beneficial influence
on blood vessel health, which indirectly can benefit erectile dysfunction
by improving cardiovascular function.
appears to help with erectile dysfunction by enhancing the
action of nitric oxide, which in turn helps relax your blood
vessels, including those supplying blood to your penis. As blood
vessels in your penis dilate, it increases blood flow, which helps
maintain an erection. (This is also how drugs like Viagra work.)
L-arginine is not a magic potion that will "cure" impotency overnight;
some studies have found its effectiveness alone is on par with a
placebo. But several studies have concluded that L-arginine in combination
with other herbs is a remarkably effective treatment for mild to
In men, L-arginine
combined with pycnogenol (a plant extract from the bark of a
French maritime pine tree) provided "significant improvement in
sexual function in men with ED without any side effects," according
to the researchers of one study.
And the combination
of 6 grams of L-arginine with 6 mg yohimbine was found to be "a
promising addition to first-line therapy for ED," according to a
pilot study published in the journal
that could be worthwhile are choline and vitamin B5.
that triggers sexual messages in your brain, whether you're male
or female, is acetylcholine (ACH). With too little ACH, sexual activity
goes down. One way to safely and effectively enhance your ACH levels
is to take choline supplements (1,000-3,000 mg) and vitamin B5 (500-1,500
You will also
want to be sure your overall lifestyle is a healthy one, as the
habits below will further help to enhance your sexual health:
- Follow a
- Engage in
- Get an adequate
amount of sleep
- Avoid medications,
many of which can cause or exacerbate impotence
- Avoid smoking
and excessive drinking
2011 Dr. Joseph Mercola
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