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What’s the rule regarding taking propecia and trying to have kids. My HT surgeon said to stop 1 month before and then use protection once pregnant. I’ve ready so many different views on this topic. Any thoughts from drs or anyone else with experience ?

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Its always up for debate this topic.

In my personal experience i spoke to a few Drs at the time my wife and i were contemplating making attempts at having children. I also spoke to several people taking the medication who had no issues with pregnancy. 

I had been on finasteride 1mg daily for 10 years with excellent results /response. The secret essentially to my overall success. I decided to continue to take the medication. We conceived TWINS ( boy /girl ) at very first attempt. They are now 11 years old. 

So in my opinion finasteride is a fertility drug .. ? This is a joke!

I think the reality of the situ is far too much unwarrented negativity placed on the topic and in my opinion simply keep the medication out of reach of pregnant wife as you would a lite bunsen burner. Its not rocket science. I can only speak from personal experience and this is my opinion.

So many attribute finasteride to causing infertility.....Fact of the matter is infertility is sooooooooo common regardless of finasteride so have your eyes open going into it.

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Thanx spex for the info

any other thoughts? Any medical professionals able to comment on this ?

thanx

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You are welcome. Information on my site too on finasteride ?

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I have 3 kids and was on finasteride the entire time. My wife had no problems getting pregnant. I’ve been on it for 19 years now taking a pill everyday with no problems. 

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If you read what Merck has published, you will find that the apparent risk is to females handling the drug before, during, and after pregnancy.

To my understanding,  a test using rhesus monkeys was conducted and when the males were given low dose finasteride, it had no negative impact regarding conception to the female nor any defects to the fetus.


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Thanks for the input. 

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As a hospital pharmacist, I researched this extensively.  I have now been on propecia for 10 years and have 2 boys. 

There is a theoretical risk that finasteride in semen could affect the development of a male foetus.  However, the amounts are extremely small or even undetectable. Therefore, I decided to continue to take it during conception then use condoms as soon as we had a positive pregnancy test. 

From memory, the sexual organs are formed between week 8 and 15, so if you use condoms as soon as you confirm pregnancy it should be fine. 

However, this is a decision that only you can make. Best of luck. 

 


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2 minutes ago, splitting hairs said:

As a hospital pharmacist, I researched this extensively.  I have now been on propecia for 10 years and have 2 boys. 

There is a theoretical risk that finasteride in semen could affect the development of a male foetus.  However, the amounts are extremely small or even undetectable. Therefore, I decided to continue to take it during conception then use condoms as soon as we had a positive pregnancy test. 

From memory, the sexual organs are formed between week 8 and 15, so if you use condoms as soon as you confirm pregnancy it should be fine. 

However, this is a decision that only you can make. Best of luck. 

 

It was my belief that there was only a risk if a pregnant woman handled propecia, if what you say is true, I can’t see how the risk is worth it IMHO. 


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Hi Melvin, what I was trying to say is that the risk is theoretical, there is no evidence of finasteride in semen causing birth defects.

But to be on the safe side, It's a good idea to use condoms after conception. 

Merck have not put a warning in the product leaflet about exposing your pregnant partner to finasteride through semen because there is no evidence of it causing problems. 

Here's a good link for more info:

https://www.hairlosstalk.com/news/treatments/conceiving-baby-while-taking-propecia/

 


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I think you mean "before" conception!


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