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Q:  Iím 27 year old woman and I was recently prescribed Proscar 5mg to for my acne due to PCOS. Currently Iím taking Jeanine OC (European OC similar to Diane 35 or US counterpart Yasmine) but I would like to eventually have children so my questions are: How long can Proscar stay in my body after I stop taking it? How long would I have to wait after I stop taking to get pregnant? Are there any other side effects?

A:   As you know, there is concern that Proscar might affect development of a male fetus so it must not be taken by any woman who is pregnant or trying to be. I recommend stopping it and the birth control pills at least a month before trying to conceive and using other contraception during that month.

However, Proscar does not help acne and is not very good for female hair loss except as an adjunct to other testosterone blockers.

Side effects are minimal in women since all Proscar does is inhibit the enzyme that activates testosterone to DHT (dihydrothestosterone).

Hope this is helpful.

Geoffrey Redmond, MD

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