Commentary Regarding the Effect of Long Term Use of Finasteride on Saudi Women

Document Type : Systematic Review and Meta-analysis


1 Department of Forensic Sciences, College of Criminal Justice, Naif Arab University of Security Sciences, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

2 Department of Zoology, College of Science, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.


In the following commentary, we provided discussions regarding an article bublished by Albasher et al. (2020) concerning the effects of long-term use of finasteride on women. They reported some adverse effects, including abnormal levels in the steroid hormones, irregular menstrual cycles, and heavy menstrual bleeding. Some concerns exist in the study mainly concerning the sample, particularly its size and composition. The authors recruited Saudi women. Thus, the findings cannot be generalized. Their study can be seen as a starting point in this regard. Even though the concerns can restrict the study, their study is still credible addressing critical issues that need to be taken seriously by other researchers and stakeholders.


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Volume 21, Issue 8
August 2020
Pages 2197-2198
  • Receive Date: 05 May 2020
  • Revise Date: 30 May 2020
  • Accept Date: 23 August 2020
  • First Publish Date: 23 August 2020