A new study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine indicates persistent sexual side effects associated with the use of drug finasteride, which is marketed by Merck under the names Propecia and Proscar. Propecia is commonly used by men who suffer from male pattern hair loss (MPHL). This drug has been proven to regrow hair; however, ongoing studies like this one also suggest that permanent sexual side effects are associated with Propecia use.
Male pattern baldness is no laughing matter and, in fact, for many it is a part of life. Approximately 20 million men in the U.S. currently experience some level of hair loss, and one in four men will begin to go bald by their 30th birthday. By the time they reach 60 years of age, 2 out of 3 men are bald. Hair loss can greatly impact a man’s self-esteem and make them feel less confident in seeking career opportunities or dating. Men have opened up about their feelings in interviews and on blogs talking about how they equate losing their hair with losing their youth.