Finasteride defenders: Articles in Hair Transplant Forum International

Several members of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) have argued that persistent adverse effects of finasteride are improbable or invalid. The Society’s journal, Hair Transplant Forum International, has published numerous articles on the topic (the journal is not peer-reviewed). Subscriptions are limited to ISHRS members, but full text of some articles is … Read more

‘Safe and well-tolerated’: Arguments used to discredit reports of persistent adverse effects

Summary It cannot simultaneously be true that finasteride is considered “safe” as a treatment for male pattern hair loss and that the drug causes severe and permanent sexual dysfunction in some men. Since 2011, dozens of papers have investigated its adverse effects, with some concluding that finasteride is safe for treating hair loss despite complaints … Read more

Finding the occasion to talk about persistent adverse effects of finasteride

In eight years of thinking and talking about health problems which I believe resulted from taking finasteride, reactions from others have ranged from compassion to curiosity, skepticism and stonewalling. Symptoms include numb genitals and total loss of sexual desire. When bringing these up, I feel I am testing the boundaries of propriety. When people feel … Read more