POSITIVE NEWS ON ROACCUTANE/ ACCUTANE SIDE EFFECTS
I haven't ever posted on this website, but during a week or 2 period I often would read horror stories over the internet of the links between sexual dysfunction and roaccutane. Before Roaccutane my acne was quite bad, it personally never affected me.
About my acne.
My acne looking back was about a 7/10, on a bad period it was a 8/10. I was aware that i had very oily skin, literally like id just look at it and be like how the fuck do i have that much oil on my face but yeah. Acne had not ruined my life and i did what many people think impossible with acne, whilst having acne i had still been able to get a girlfriend. Acne in no way affected my confidence, and in all honesty it just pissed me off that i had spots on my face. I had finished school and started college, i had started my first job. I had acne that went through good and bad stages, but never saw it as a disadvantage like many people often do. I literally thought, okay i had spots, shit happens, and in the nicest way possible there is always some one worse off than you. I had used all the random shit the doctors give you, antibiotics to rub on the acne, tablets to take, creams to apply, fuck knows what half the shit i was putting on my face at night was but some of it bleached my pillow at night. I was using face washes of all kinds whilst in the shower, washing my face in the morning when i woke up, before i went out, literally when ever i felt like my face was too oily.
I'll try make my post as brief as can be. Im 18, from England UK and was on roaccutane for roughly six months (as far as I know roaccutane is the British equivalent to accutane? Correct me if i'm wrong!) I am in a 2+ year relationship with my girlfriend that I really do care for and love, without sounding soft as. Before and during my course of accutane sex was fine, erections were all as they should. I did however start to notice a few months into my course that the speed I gained erections while watching porn on my own at night had taken longer, to achieve, something that didn't bother me, as it wasn't a regular thing just something i would sometimes notice, and I in no way noticed during sex or did i link to the use of roaccutane. Erections during sex and with my girlfriend were as strong as they had always been.
I didn't really get many of the side affects i was warned about. I noticed i got angry and wound up a bit easier, sometimes i would feel a bit down about life, but always just put this down to having a bad day, being hung over, or just generally the shit you deal with day to day. I got very sore dry lips, and they would often peel which was pretty rough, looked like i had herpes or some shit. i would cover my lips in chapstick all the time, and if anyone is reading this and needs a tip about the dry lips, i found the only one that actually worked and helped me was the Blue chapstick that had 'medicine' written on it, this stuff was actually sent my god to help roaccutane users i swear. I got kinda dry skin whilst on roaccutane but it was hardly a problem, i had previously been on some other cream that literally stripped away my skin and i looked like a survivor from a burning building, the skin on my cheeks literally flaked off. (at the time i never realised how bad i must of looked, but now i understand how much of a goon i probably looked everyday). Roaccutane was always mentioned but only as a last case scenario for acne treatment.
How shit went down:
Like I'm guessing most young couples do me and my partner would have sex a few times a night. One night on our third bang, i noticed that i was finding it hard to get a normal erection, i wanted to have sex but my penis just wouldn't sort itself out, my head wanted it but my penis just felt asleep, i was able to get a weak erection and i guess you could call it luckily, complete having sex.
--I did notice that once i became aware of the 'problem' it was distracting and i knew that the distraction itself, that the problem was causing was a reason for the problem to happen.. if anyone can understand that what im basically saying is that it became a small self fulfilling prophecy. Anyway the issue in no way upset me at all and life stayed as it was, infact i went through a week or two long stage in which all i did was think with my dick and was cumming up to 3 times a day. I was actually pretty weirded out by it to be honest. (I've always been a guy who makes sure i've came atleast once a day, as far as i know thats pretty normal..)
I still had no real sexual issues that affected me that could be related to the use of roaccutane. The so called 'issues and side affects' of roaccutane only started to become a real problem in the last week and a bit of my treatment, and persisted into the 2 - 3 weeks, maybe even a month and a bit after i finished my course. I blame myself for the majority of the issues.
Im one of those people who will google my side affects from anything to a cough to a bad head ache, which is always the worst thing you can do as i talk myself into thinking that my aching foot has actually turned cancerous and i know have some kind of weird obscure problem that no one can help, it'll eventually kill me and i'll die. I did this with roaccutane. I somehow found myself on forums and pages like this with people telling of horror stories linking their acne treatment to sexual dysfunction. The only thing i achieved with doing so, and reading peoples posts was scare myself into thinking anything along the lines of, oh my god my penis is broken, my penis will never work again, i am literally going to die alone and quite embarrassingly i thought all i want to do is just to be able to have a normal orgasm again.
For around a month, i was telling myself that my life is over because my sex life is over, and with it i lost every last strand of my humanity. I found myself constantly googling words like, accutane, roaccutane, sexual dysfunction, penis, permanent which im sure many of you can relate too. During this month I did little to look at the positives that i had gained from roaccutane. I had clear skin, that many people were now actually jealous of. My skin was now ALOT less greasy and oily than it previously had been before the drug. My hair was less greasy im pretty sure too.
There was however a problem, like i said roaccutane had been causing me a problem with my erections, to some extent. I wasn't getting erections from porn much anymore, (maybe 3/10 times i was finding myself flat whilst watching porn?) I still had my sexual desires, thoughts. I did however feel as though my sexual libido had dropped. During the month of self diagnosing myself with sexual dysfunction, i prayed that my life would go back to normal.
To recap all the 'serious' sexual side affects i felt i experienced on roaccutane are:
Occasionally weaker erections
possible lower libido
the list isnt long but it was causing me mad levels of stress. Long story short i do believe that accutane or roaccutane CAN cause serious sexual problems. I do however believe that many problems experienced, can be self inflicted. The stress i was putting myself under during this time with thoughts of worry about sexual dysfunction were definatly a massive factor for why my body was being the way it was. Anyway there is no doubt about it that im rambling now, so i ill cut to the chase.
What i did to 'fix' myself:
-BAN PORN: I stopped watching porn for a week or so after researching the affects of porn induced sexual dysfunction (give time to read about this) - Also take time to look up how fucked up the porn industry is.
-EXERCISE: Im not overweight, but i dont do much exercise. i made time to go on a long bike ride a few nights a week and get the blood moving around my body.
-FLUIDS: i also ramped up the amount of fluids i was drinking during the stressful period, i started making sure i was drinking 1.5 litres of water a day minimum. i ended up drinking 3 litres in one day. (be careful doing this as it can be potentially bad for your heart).. ive heard.
-DETOX: i didn't overly eat healthy, i cut down on the amount of fast food i was eating after reading how certain bits in roaccutane latch onto the fats in your body.
- one of the best decisions i made was too ban myself from reading horror stories of accutane. All i was doing was scaring the crap out of myself over problems i probably just didn't have.
I also read that some people started vaporizing cannabis oil and it helped with their problems. (vaporizers are believed to be a healthier alternative to smoking). The only cannabis oil i could get was if i made it myself which is long, so i was just smoking usual weed. This helped especially when i was stressed as it calmed me down yeah and to be upfront my dick worked fine when i was high.
Basically before i leave i'll just say that although there was a problem caused by the roaccutane, there biggest problem was myself. I was putting way more stress on myself than i needed to. I took care of my body and my body took care of me. I guess what i really wanted to do with this post is highlight that accutane or roaccutane really isnt just all doom and gloom, and once you have it you're not destined for a life of lonliness. Roaccutane is a risky drug, with serious side affects, this should always be left like it was in my case as a last plan for curing acne. It's also worth noticing that the majority of people who take time to write their horror stories on the internet are usually the ones who in the nicest way possible do have serious side affects linked to the drug. I rambled a load but hopefully you were all able to understand what i was trying to get at..
last little bit, i do not think roaccutane and accutane should be banned, as its success rate is higher than its failure rate. i do however believe that work should be made in combating the side effects of the drug, so when things do turn bad they can be fixed.
And yeah if you really did take time to read all of what i said thanks!
yeah i said i'd be quick about this, i lied.