What Are The Minoxidil Side Effects, Sexually? (2024 Updated)

Medically reviewedby Dr. Ahmad Chaudhry M.B.B.S.
WrittenbyLuat Duong
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Are you concerned about the sexual side effects of minoxidil? This article delves into the crucial question: "What are the minoxidil side effects sexually?"

Minoxidil, widely recognized for its effectiveness in treating hair loss, has been associated with certain sexual side effects in men.

Understanding these potential risks is essential for anyone considering or currently using this medication.

Read on to explore the extent of these side effects and what they could mean for you.

    What are minoxidil side effects sexually?

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    Minoxidil, used for hair loss, may cause sexual side effects in men, including reduced libido, erectile dysfunction, decreased sperm count, and ejaculatory disorders. These effects are relatively rare, with a study indicating such side effects in eight out of 92 male users.

    While the occurrence of these side effects is not common, it's important for individuals considering or currently using minoxidil to be aware of these potential risks. 

    The study's findings suggest that a small percentage of men may experience these issues, which can impact sexual health and quality of life. 

    However, the majority of minoxidil users do not report these problems, indicating that the risk, while present, is not widespread. 

    As with any medication, it's advisable to discuss potential side effects with a healthcare provider to make an informed decision about treatment.

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    How common are minoxidil side effects sexually?

    No man wants to experience side effects when using a medication, especially if they will impact his sex life. Therefore, users of Rogaine (Minoxidil) will no doubt be concerned about the safety of the product, and the likelihood of it affect them sexually.

    Now, as previously stated, in one study conducted in 2016 and submitted to the FDA’s Adverse Event Reporting System, 8 out of 92 men experienced sexual health disorders or side effects in some form or another.

    If we go by the findings of this one study, which did prove inconclusive, we can surmise that 8.7% of Minoxidil users could potentially suffer with sexual side effects.

    The best alternatives to minoxidil to avoid side effects

    Needless to say, if you are experiencing hair loss, or hair thinning, and are thinking of using Minoxidil, you may be concerned about the possibility of sexual health problems.

    If you wish to go a more natural route, here are several natural alternatives to Minoxidil.

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    It may sound a little extreme and barbaric, but microneedling is actually a very safe and effective alternative to Rogaine, without any Minoxidil side effects sexually.

    Microneedling involves the use of small needles which are gently rolled over the scalp to puncture the skin. While commonly used to treat acne scarring, studies have also found that it may stimulate follicle hair growth.

    The idea is that, by piercing the skin, the scalp will produce growth factors that enable it to repair itself from within, allowing new and healthy hair follicles to form.

    Natural DHT blockers

    DHT, or Dihydrotestosterone is an androgen that can cause hair loss. It can cause hair follicles to shrink, as well as shorten the hair follicle growth cycle. The more DHT we produce, the more susceptible to hair loss and hair thinning we will be.

    Natural DHT blockers applied directly to the scalp, rather than consumed orally like Finasteride, are deemed much safer. As Minoxidil may also cause sexual side effects, if you are looking to avoid Minoxidil side effects sexually, a natural DHT blocker could be the solution.

    Topical DHT blockers such as saw palmetto and pumpkin seed oil are applied directly onto the scalp to target DHT at the follicles. This means that it wouldn’t affect other bodily functions and processes.

    Final thoughts

    While there is no solid proof that Minoxidil causes sexual health problems, the evidence does suggest that it may pose a risk.

    We aren’t disputing the effectiveness of Minoxidil for hair loss, but the cons do appear to outweigh the pros. If you are concerned but wish to address hair loss in the process, we recommend going the natural route instead.

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    Luat Duong

    Luat Duong is a Copenhagen-based writer and content strategist specializing in hair loss and health. His work has been featured in MyHealthGuide, The Right Hairstyles, and Woman's Era. He is a graduate of Vaasa University. You can connect with him on LinkedIn.