Other than helping to reduce the size of a swollen prostate gland, thereby lessening the chances of prostrate cancer, one has to wonder why anyone would knowingly work with a practitioner and use propecia (also known as finesteride) and the only other reason that one can really find is that help to induce hair growth in some men with male pattern baldness.
For the most part, though, propecia is one of those drugs that power lifters and body shapers use to gain body mass quickly so that they can compete in the usual “Mr. Universe”-style body-building contests.
Many times, young athletes, who see their elders gain huge amounts of muscle mass when finesteride is used, begin to take these androgenic corticosteroids in dosages that would make a bull sterile.
Unfortunately, that’s one of the key side effects of this type of drug, sterility. This has been confirmed by massive studies in Norway and the United Kingdom where they found that while there was some gain right at the beginning of the use, when the patient was taken off the drug (cycling back to normal, as lifters know it) they not only experienced gynomastomia but they also ran into roadblocks having normal intercourse as well.
Yes, it is true that propecia does have a place in the arsenal of medical treatments, but it is for a very specific type of complaint.
At some age – usually in advanced middle-age – most men will experience the need to use the bathroom several times per night and that, as they stand or sit (some people take a long time to start) the flow is tough to start. Once it does start, the flow can then be slow and erratic, leaving you with a cleanup problem afterward.
In many cases, if enlarged prostate is left untreated, it may develop into prostatic cancer which, while curable, leaves the patient impotent as the usual treatment for this type of medical problem is removal of the prostate, a small – about walnut-sized – gland just in back and above the penis.
In young men, its role is quite well known; it works with the testicles to create sperm so that children can be conceived. However, as you age this particular part of your body slows down and can actually become swollen.
Of course, there are many men in which this gland functions far into old age (the author’s great-great grandfather was believed to have sired several of his 14 children after the age of 69 – this means they should actually have given him a different nickname than they did, but that’s another story. However, in many men propecia offers a relatively safe – if directions are followed explicitly – a way to reduce the effects of swollen prostate.
This is the type of illness that sneaks up on you. You can’t really feel it (a doctor can using special tests that aren’t at all comfortable), but once it is diagnosed, propecia is probably the first drug the doctor will use. The same is true of male pattern baldness because one of the side effects of propecia use is hair regrowth on bald heads.
How long should you take this drug? That is up to the way your body responds to it, but, a general rule is the more quickly you can get on and off it, the better as it is not meant for long-term use.
That is can help beat prostate cancer and enlarged prostates with no surgery needed is just what the doctor ordered – no pun intended.
There’s an interesting quandary that usually hits men in mid- to late-middle-age and it is known as an enlarged prostate. It is almost always caused by an overproduction of testosterone (just because a man gets older doesn’t mean his body shuts down) and it can lead not only to [...] Continue Reading…
Although the first couple of pieces here about propecia (also known as finesteride) have dealt with its many issues, there is one that hasn’t been covered yet and that is its role in fighting erectile dysfunction (ED).
In this case, though, the cause of the ED is an enlarged prostate. [...] Continue Reading…