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    Sexual effects data lacking on 5-ARI for hair loss

     

    Urology Times Editorial Council member Steven A. Kaplan, MD, of Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, had several questions regarding how sexual dysfunction was reported for the studies under review.

    “We know that some men can have these effects. Was this asked before taking finasteride? I suspect that only self-reported issues were logged. Moreover, I suspect that as over time more was known about the potential effects of finasteride on sexual function, it was queried,” said Dr. Kaplan, who was not involved with the study.

    "Is this something doctors should take into consideration when advising men who want something for their baldness? The bottom line is that in today's world, as part of informed consent, the possibility [of sexual dysfunction] needs to be raised. This abstract does not change the current state of knowledge," he said.

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