Does Propecia Cause Infertility?May 19th, 2014
Q: I’ve heard that FDA added a description of reports of male infertility to the side effect labels of both Propecia and Proscar (finasteride). Is this a likely side effect in your experience?
A: Propecia (finasteride 1mg) may lead to male infertility not only by changing the consistency of the male ejaculate but by decreasing the sperm count as well, but this is uncommon.
Ejaculate is a combination of sperm produced by the testes and a viscous fluid made by the prostate. Since finasteride shrinks the prostate, it can make the ejaculate less viscous (more watery).
Most patients trying to conceive will have no issues while taking Propecia.
If one is having difficulty trying to conceive for 4-6 months, then it is reasonable to stop taking Propecia.
It is important to know that taking Propecia while trying to conceive will not lead to congenital deformities or issues with the fetus as long as the woman does not come in direct contact with the medication.Related Posts:
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Topic: Drugs (Medications)
Tags: Food & Drug Administration (FDA), Post-Finasteride Syndrome, Propecia (Finasteride), Propecia and Infertility, Proscar, Prostate, Sexual Side Effects Posted by Michael B. Wolfeld M.D. on May 19th, 2014 at 11:46 am