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Can Rogaine (Minoxidil) Cause Sexual Side Effects Like Propecia (Finasteride)?

No, unlike the hair loss drug Propecia (finasteride), Rogaine does not have the potential to produce sexual side effects. Th is because of the very different way in which the two drugs work.

Finasteride inhibits the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT). This hormone binds with the receptor sites of vulnerable hair follicles and causes the follicle to weaken over time. By slowing the creation of DHT the progression of hair loss can be dramatically slowed. However, altering the products of DHT can lead to sexual dysfunction.

Rogaine is not a DHT blocker. It is a vasodilator. While it does not halt hair loss like finasteride, it can help to regrow hair by increasing blood supply to the weakened follicles.

There are many possible causes of erectile dysfunction, both emotional and physical. If you’re suffering from this problem, it’s important to consult with your physician.

David
Forum Co-Moderator and Editorial Assistant for the Hair Restoration Forum and Social Network, the Coalition Hair Loss Learning Center, and the Hair Loss Q & A Blog.