I blew out a disc in my back last week and have been going to my GP since then. My GYN is no longer in town. Anyways, mentioned to my Doc that my sex drive is still nonexistant after being on progesterone cream and he suggested DHEA and he talked abotu testosterone also. 1 to 2 MG per day..taken liquid under the tongue. I was in a drug induced fog from meds taken for back and he told me to get this at the health food store. Now he was talking about DHEA right? Not testosteron, as you can't get it at the health food store right? He went off to New Zealand for three weeks and is not in now. I need to pay more attention However my free testosterone level is low. Now why oh why didn't he just prescribe me testosterone? Huh? I have no idea. I have to go and see his other Dr on Tuesday for my back and will ask then. Why did my GYN leave this area and leave me stranded. I think my DH is getting a bit irritated with me. Ok..if this is totally confusing to all of you please forgive me at this time..lol..major brain fog going on here. Hugz to you wonderful sisters for listening to this confusion..
since testosterone is a legally controlled substance in many states because some body builders will abuse it like other steroids. IL is really strict about it; can't refill mine any more often than 30 days between fills.
However, my CP advises caution with DHEA. It is a precurser to testosterone found in the body and if the body is weakened by stress, illness or injury, the mechanism that converts DHEA to testosterone [i]can[i] under-function and make it very hard to do the conversion. Not certain, but I think it is the adrenal gland that performs the conversion in the absense of ovaries. The other caution is buying only pharmaceutical quality DHEA, which should be listed on the label as USP DHEA or something similar. Just like the progesterone creams, have to be a cautious consumer.
(((Kim))), how frustrating! I hate it when DRs give instructions and then leave town, and we realize later that we're not sure exactly how to go about following them. It's so much easier when they write a prescription with clear dosage instructions, and we fill it and take it as directed... and even then sometimes things can go awry. Kind of like working without a net, you know?
I agree with (((MeDHanddaDog))) that your DR probably meant DHEA. Its use is pretty controversial these days, though. It's true you can get it OTC, although the most commonly available form is capsules. It can convert to testosterone, but only if your body has enough of the enzymes it needs to do the conversion, and it can also convert into other androgens that have different effects... sort of like using a machine gun (imagine those bullets spraying) rather than a sniper rifle, JMHO. But it does work well for some women... depends on your body chemistry.
I, too, wonder why he didn't just prescribe testosterone if your level tested low? Is it possible to wait until he returns to do anything? Or at least wait until Tuesday and ask your other DR if he can prescribe compounded testosterone for you instead? Does he have your test results? That would help. I have copies of mine so I can hand them to any other DR I might have to see.
Hang in there, sweetie, eventually you'll get this worked out and the will lift.
Frustrating to say the least. But I'm going to waite until my Dr comes home from his vacation I think and talk more to him. I really don't want to take DHEA after all of the research I've done on it. I would rather him prescribe me some compounded testosterone in a low dose and work from there. Seems to me that's the best and safest route to go. There are days I want to scream..lol..
Thanks to you all for the input