About this Site

propeciahelp.com is a website and discussion forum for men suffering from persistent sexual, mental & physical side effects from the drug Finasteride (Propecia, Proscar, generics), a selective 5-alpha reductase Type II (5AR2) enzyme inhibitor, frequently marketed as a treatment for male pattern baldness, benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and as androgen deprivation therapy to treat prostate cancer.

Mental, physical and sexual side effects can remain or develop after discontinuing the drug, leading to the term “Post-Finasteride Syndrome” (PFS) in recent medical literature. Propeciahelp.com exists as a place of support for men affected by PFS, and as a resource of patient experiences. As patients seek to understand how & why the drug caused these problems and to find strategies to mitigate this currently incurable disease, the community share results of self-driven therapeutic attempts in the hope of finding alleviating methods and avoiding unsuccessful or harmful treatment. Secondarily, the site aims to maintain the visibility of the problem and the overdue need for the investigation necessary to help the many patients suffering and adequately inform the public of the risks of 5-alpha reductase inhibitor products.

This site is NOT a hairloss forum. Please refrain from joining if you are not suffering from PFS.

Discussion forum

The propeciahelp.com discussion forum exists as a place of support and connection for men suffering from the Post-Finasteride Syndrome, and as a place to share their experiences and therapeutic attempts. Membership of the discussion forum is restricted to men who took and quit 5-alpha reductase inhibitors such as finasteride or dutasteride, and experience persistent side effects that have not resolved within months or years after quitting.

How to get started

  • Read our community rules
  • Read and agree to our Privacy policy and Terms of Service
  • Learn how to use our new forum software with the Discourse 101 introductory video
  • Visit our forum and post your story in the Member Stories section
  • Report your side effects
  • Check out PFS related news, medical publications and other resources on the PFS Foundation website
  • Donate to the PFS Foundation to help fund research and finding a cure
  • Having trouble logging on? Request support via our Contact Form

History

The support group was originally formed in 2003 on Yahoo Groups. As membership for the Yahoo group grew to 1000+ people over 3 years, it was decided that a newer, easier-to-use forum was needed to help categorize and track the wealth of information collected. In 2006, www.propeciahelp.com was created. The original Yahoo group is still available as a repository of past information, and can be referenced at any time by members who have access to it. In April 2010, propeciahelp.com was updated to include a content management system (website). As of May 2018, the site has been relaunched again with a mobile-first focus in mind, and modern software and functionality. Read more about our recent relaunch.

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