Several months ago, my doctor said I might have Peyronies disease because I bent my penis somehow. I finally have an appointment with a urologist next week. After reading your post about penile fibrosis and arguing with my mom that there is no proof Finastride caused my problem, I wanted to ask you how I can tell if Finastride caused my Peyornies or if due to injury? In my story below, I have evidence that it’s due to injury because I was injured. But what role did Finastride play?
My regimen before Peyronies was 1.25 mg Finastride (2x per week) + 5% Minoxidil. As you may remember me, I emailed you about my increased sex drive from low-dose Finastride and you said it has been reported by some of your patients. The week before my penis injury, I ejaculated 4-5x per day for around 1 week. I also felt extreme exhaustion during the second half of that week. The day of my injury, I ejaculated only twice and felt a pinching pain on my penis which signaled me to stop doing what I was doing. I also noticed my penis would not stand up straight when I laid down nor could I maintain a full erection standing up or walking. For the last 5 months, my penis lays on the right side and doesn’t point straight up like it used to.
Later on I noticed that I have a 20-40% degree bend on the bottom shaft of my penis. I’ve lost .5 – 1 inch in length and my girth is smaller. I lose my erection when I stand up very quickly and I can’t maintain it. My penis is also very sensitive to touch.
In the early weeks after my accident, I stopped masturbating for 1 or 1.5 weeks at a time, 2-3x. As the weeks went by, I began to masturbate regularly once every few days then 1-3x per day but with using very little force, almost like a feather. I wasn’t able to have a full erection, not only because of the bend in my penis but also due to fear and discomfort. My erections are a bit painful sometimes.
Around September of this year, I stopped taking Minoxidil and increased my dosage of Finastride to 1.25 mg – M-W-F, then to every other day. I noticed my penis erections because stronger, the strongest they have ever been. This might be coincidence becuse it was 4-5 months after my injury or it could be that I experienced increased libido from a higher dose of Finastride. When I initially started taking Finasteride a few years ago, I had an increased sex drive for several months so that’s why I think Finasteride helped strengthen my erections. However, my penis bend did not go away and my erection was still .5 – 1 inch shorter and smaller in girth.
Recently I have noticed a loss of sensitivity in part of my penis foreskin. This could be due to regular masturbating and how I masturbate. I’m afraid to touch the shaft of my penis so I only massage the foreskin and a small part of the top-shaft. I also recently woke up with a penis bent. Although, it is improving. I sleep very unusual position so that I don’t injur my penis. I sleep almost crossed legged so that I don’t attempt to squeeze my penis with my thighs when I sleep at night. This has worked well for me because I sleep on my backside.
As you can see doctor, I don’t know how to look for any evidence that Finastride caused my Peyronies, but that doesn’t mean it didn’t play role. Am I wrong?
What study can prove Finastride caused Peyronies? Do you think Finastride helped increase the strength of my erections when I took a higher dose? Is a low dose of Finastride (0.25mg) enough to cause Peyronies? I am in my early thirties.
There is no evidence connecting the penis abnormalities you spoke about with finasteride or minoxidil. You spoke about an injury to your penis which can cause the bend that is associated with Peyronies disease but no where else did you discuss the timing of your problems with this injury in a time-line fashion. Your visit with the urologist is critical and he should go over this careful history you put together. Finasteride is not a tratment for Peyronies disease but there are treatments for this that the urologist can recommend.