I’m 29 and I Think I Have ED?

I am a late 20’s male and I had a question regarding some finasteride side effects.

I was on minoxidil foam for about 6 months, but because of the shedding not stopping and seeing drastic hair loss during the last 2 months, I decided to bite the bullet and try finasteride 1mg. I’ve been on it for about a month and I think I am definitely starting to feel the side effect of erectile dysfunction.

Let me preface this by saying that I’ve never been someone who could have sex 4-5 times in a night or even felt the need or urge to masturbate once a day. I’ve also experienced occasional (once every 10-20 times) instances of not being able to stay hard during intercourse. However, the struggle recently has been something that is definitely noticeable and significant. I recently started dating someone in the last few weeks and I’ve already ran into issues of erectile dysfunction multiple times, which is a lot more frequent than ever before. However, the most alarming issue is during masturbation. I’ve NEVER struggled to stay erect during masturbation, but after starting finasteride, I’ve noticed that I am struggling to even get erect and stay erect for more than a minute. In regards to sexual intercourse, luckily I’ve had some viagra that I acquired a long time ago and I’ve used that a few times to combat this issue, but I don’t see that as a permanent solution.

Has anyone experienced something similar to this before? If you did, did you just stop or continue to take finasteride to see if it will pass?

From what I’ve read, it seems like most of you all have had little or no side effects from taking finasteride 1mg daily so I wanted to see if any of you are avoiding finasteride and finding success.

Your story is not uncommon. You probably have sexual side effects from finasteride. You might try reducing it to one pill every 4 days for 3 weeks. If the ED goes away, increase it to 1 pill every 3 days, and after another 3 weeks, one pill every two days and stay there if there is no ED. Half the dose is 80% as effective on hair as a full dose. Just a suggestion.

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