Hair Loss Treatments Impact Fertility
Researches show that approximately 35 million men in the United States suffer from hair loss. Many men choose to treat their hair loss problem with medications such as Finasteride, which is sold under common brand names such as Propecia and Proscar.
What these men are not aware of is the negative impact of these medications on their fertility.
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Finasteride and its Impact on Male Fertility
What is Finasteride?
Finasteride, sold under common brand names such as Propecia and Proscar, is a drug used to help shrink enlarged prostates (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH) in adult men, and treat hair loss. In terms of BPH, Finasteride is recommended to decrease the urge to urinate and urination during the night, reduce the sensation that the bladder is not entirely emptied, and improve urine flow.
How does Finasteride (Propecia and Proscar) work?
Finasteride (Propecia and Proscar) decreases the amount of dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a hormone that causes the prostate to grow, and increases testosterone levels in the body, causing the prostate to shrink, and more hair to grow.
Finasteride and Male Fertility
In 2012, the FDA put out a warning regarding Finasteride, due to the fact that it “reduces male hormone activity”. This may include erectile dysfunction, sexual dysfunction (loss of sexual desire, incapacity to ejaculate or attain an orgasm), as well as male infertility and reduction in quality of semen.
Is the Infertility Permanent?
Studies have shown that taking Finasteride (Propecia and Proscar) has a negative impact on fertility, yet this effect might be reversible once the drug has been discontinued. The post-use effect on a man fertility may be more significant in cases where the man had low sperm count even before starting the use of Finasteride.
Finasteride needs to be taken daily in order to be effective. Once a man stops taking Finasteride, the DHT that is active in his body will decline until it is completely excreted over the course of a few days. Finasteride only prevents hair loss while the DHT is active in a man’s body. If a man stops taking Finasteride, his body starts to convert testosterone to DHT again and his hair loss will continue. For many men, this means taking Finasteride for life. Sppare.me is here to provide you with a solution that will allow you to continue taking Propecia and Proscar, without giving up on having kids.
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