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Recent reports have linked finasteride – marketed as Propecia – with persistent and possibly irreversible sexual dysfunction. Propecia, which treats hair loss, works by decreasing the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone, a hormone that causes hair loss.

In fact, doctors have known for years that Propecia has been linked to sexual problems including impotence, but a recent Propecia study performed by George Washington University found that as much as 38% of all users have adverse sexual events based on dosage and duration.

These side effects include low sexual desire, problems with orgasms and erectile dysfunction. In addition to the sexual side effects, additional life threatening ailments may arise including an increased risk of developing an aggressive form of prostate cancer and breast cancer.

The study also determined that sexual dysfunction associated with taking the drug is persistent, and not reversible as was previously thought. The Propecia study found that the side effects from taking the drug lasted an average of 40 months, with 20% of the men having side effects lasting more than six years.
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Many types of birth control pills create risks of blood clots. However, new birth control research suggests that certain types of pills create an even higher risk of blood clots than others. Birth control pills that contain drospirenone – such as Yaz, Yasmin and Beyaz contain a two to three time higher risk for developing blot clots than other types of pills.

Yaz and Yasmin have been under fire for several years as a result of their potentially dangerous side effects including increased risk of death and stroke. With the added increased risk of blood clots, as well as gall bladder disease, women are urged to speak to a physician about alternatives to this dangerous drug.

Two recent studies released in the British Medical Journal determine that the risk from taking drospirenone is significantly higher than taking pills containing levonorgestrel. The FDA responded in an alert “the FDA …will look at all currently available information to fully assess the risks and benefits of drospirenone-containing birth control pills.”
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