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Finasteride as an Antiandrogen

Introduction: Hello! If you’re thinking about using Finasteride as part of your gender-affirming process, this leaflet is designed to help you. We want to give you a clear, easy-to-understand overview of what Finasteride is, its uses, and what you can expect from this medication.

What is Finasteride? Finasteride is a medication originally used to treat enlarged prostate and hair loss in individuals assigned male at birth. In gender-affirming care, it’s also used for its ability to reduce the effects of testosterone, particularly in the area of hair loss.

Effects of Finasteride: Here’s what Finasteride can do in gender-affirming care:

  1. Hair Loss Prevention: It can help prevent scalp hair loss and may even encourage some hair regrowth.
  2. Reduces Body Hair: Finasteride may also reduce the growth of body and facial hair to some extent.
  3. Impact on Testosterone: While it doesn’t block testosterone production, it can prevent some of its effects on the body.

What Finasteride Doesn’t Do: It’s important to know that Finasteride:

  • Doesn’t function as a complete blocker of testosterone.
  • Is not a substitute for hormone therapy typically used in transgender care.

Timeline for Changes:

  • The effects on hair can take several months to become noticeable.
  • Hair regrowth, if it occurs, is usually seen within the first year of use.

Potential Side Effects: Finasteride is generally well-tolerated, but it can have side effects, including:

  • Changes in libido or sexual function.
  • Potential mood alterations.
  • Breast tenderness or enlargement.

Your Decision Matters: Deciding to use Finasteride is a personal choice. It’s important to weigh the benefits and potential side effects. We’re here to discuss any questions or concerns you might have.

Questions or More Information? If you’re curious about Finasteride or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We want to ensure you have all the information you need to make an informed decision about your care.

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Updated on January 15, 2024

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