I’m a 26 year old male, 157 lean, healthy diet, active lifestyle.
Many users may not want to hear this, but your lack of side effects may well be your ignorance of them. Finasteride affects your hormones, no argument—that is its entire purpose.
I used it for a year, and it 100% worked! Hairline strengthened, had a full head of hair, and even all grew faster. Body hair reduced as well for an added bonus. I was monitoring any immediate changes in mood/cognitive function/libido but sensed nothing different over the 12 months. This is only because they were so gradual.
I stopped taking it two weeks ago, I feel like I used to in college. It feels like I’ve always had a cup of coffee compared to needing to “wake myself up” before doing anything requiring thought or strength. I’m not sore as long after lifting, and I’ve already gained about 5 pounds of lean mass, as if my body was holding out on me all year. I’m sleeping completely through the night compared to waking up multiple times. I also am constantly horny again.
All these gradual changes I went through, I never noticed or completely rejected because I so badly wanted them to not exist. It worked, but just know you could be a better version of yourself (with less hair) if you hopped off fin.
Ignorance is bliss, however, and beauty is pain. I may start taking it again in the future, but I’m enjoying the DHT right now—it clearly serves a purpose in your body.
When you stop finasteride after getting good results from it, all of the benefits will be lost over a few months and if there was potential progression of the hair loss, you will see that too.