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    Unhappy My Fin Experience - Input welcome

    He is my unfortunate experience:

    Within a few days of using fin (1mg daily) I had side effects of lower libido, trouble maintaining or getting an erection, frequent urination (getting up about 3 times during the night) and more exertion required for bowel movements.

    I know that latter 2 sound strange. And I thought so too. But it is definitely a cause and effect.. at least for me and my body. I expect I may get "it's something else", "it's in your head", 'side-effects are made-up my lawyers", and so on. I stopped, then started again (for 3 mos) and it was clear early on this was the reason.

    I met with a few dermatologists, and recently one that I really respect. She is a proponent of fin, and when I told her about my side effects she said.. yea unfortunately it sounds like you're part of the group that gets side effects. And she said they can be permanent, which I know we have all read. I asked the likelihood of side-effects becoming permanent, she said 1%. I appreciate and respect that she gave me her input and did so in a caring manner.

    Like I mentioned, I stayed on fin for about 3 months after I initially stopped, even with the side-effects simply because there aren't so many options out there. I guess a part of me was hoping my body would adjust. And until I met with more physicians I didn't want to waste any time I couldn't get back without being on it. And again, I wanted to fight this and do whatever I could with our limited options.

    I asked about a lower dose of fin, and she said there isn't much as far as case studies showing less than 1 is helpful. She wasn't telling me yes or no, but give me her medical knowledge / opinion. And it was her belief it wasn't worth it.

    A strong part of me was relieved because I didn't want the side-effects. And they have actually left within the first few days, especially my urinary and bowel movement probs.

    But.. I'm now more depressed because I simply don't have the option of taking what seems to be the most highly recommended form of treatment. I'm willing to fight this, but being told I can't and I'm powerless in that way hurts.. a lot.

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    One beef i've had with dermatologists is their understanding of hormones is so limited, they dont bother ording any blood panels for hormone levels. I have a sneaking suspicion that most of these problems would go away if people just knew their testosterone levels prior to taking 5ar inhibitor.
    Blood flow is also a big part of libido. A healthy diet which increases both blood flow and testosterone levels plays a big part in libido. Also being physically fit and kegel exercises make difference. When your fit, there is nothing to worry about because its the best thing ever for the brain. All these are topics that dermatologists know little about.
    Bowel movements have to do with your intestinal flora, where diet again is important. Eat fermented foods and/or probotics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dudmuck View Post
    One beef i've had with dermatologists is their understanding of hormones is so limited, they dont bother ording any blood panels for hormone levels. I have a sneaking suspicion that most of these problems would go away if people just knew their testosterone levels prior to taking 5ar inhibitor.
    Blood flow is also a big part of libido. A healthy diet which increases both blood flow and testosterone levels plays a big part in libido. Also being physically fit and kegel exercises make difference. When your fit, there is nothing to worry about because its the best thing ever for the brain. All these are topics that dermatologists know little about.
    Bowel movements have to do with your intestinal flora, where diet again is important. Eat fermented foods and/or probotics.
    Yeah except for endocrinologist doctors don't learn much about hormones or biochemistry in general....

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    to be fair finasteride and its mode of inhibition almost requires a "finasteride" specialist - someone who spends all their time learning on its effective and how to gauge the response from all your different hormones.

    id venture doctors have an easier time balancing someone between life and death sedation while operating then they do balancing hormone levels optimally

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