August 24 2012, 12:44 pm PT | Posted in: Drugs
My husband has taken Propecia for hair loss for 8 years and I am concerned about his sperm count because we want to get pregnant. How long does it take to leave the body? Is there a danger to the fetus? Does it cause fertility problems? I am very concerned and wish he never took this drug.
In general, men can continue to take Propecia while trying to conceive. This is safe and there should not be a danger to the fetus. However, in my practice I generally advise men to stop taking Propecia for the two week mid-cycle so that there can be no question as to the safety issue and to put the patient’s mind at ease. Propecia is out of the blood stream within 24 hours and out of the tissue in a few days.
The most important part to this is to talk with your doctor and discuss these concerns with them.