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Unread 08-17-2012, 10:26 PM
Question - DHEA experiences? DHEA experiences?

I recently saw my RE who suggested trying DHEA for libido assistence. Has anyone had experience with taking this as over the counter help?
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Unread 08-19-2012, 09:57 AM
Re: DHEA experiences?

I've not used it myself, but do know it is a testosterone precursor. You are still fairly early post op, it can take some time to get the hormones leveled out. I wouldn't take dhea unless you know that you are low. Too much can cause further issues.

Unread 08-19-2012, 09:35 PM
Re: DHEA experiences?

Thanks Kim. I will go in 4 weeks for bloodwork to check my levels. I need to ask for my own copy this time. I didn't last and you'd think I'd have learned by now . I just want peace in my body and to know I've made the right decisions. I've been switched from the vivelle dot to the combipatch and I put my 1st one on tonight. So, we'll see how it goes. Thanks for the guidance. I appreciate it.
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Unread 08-19-2012, 11:20 PM
Re: DHEA experiences?

I was told I needed to use DHEA due to suboptimal levels. I ended up with symptoms of excess testosterone and I felt really bad. I stopped using it after about 3 weeks or so.
Unread 08-20-2012, 12:13 PM
Re: DHEA experiences?

Same here with regular DHEA. Mega testosterone effects.

However, this past year, I tried 7keto DHEA and it's much better for me. It's like I get the positive without the negative.
Unread 08-20-2012, 09:28 PM
Re: DHEA experiences?

What are testosterone effects other than heightened libido? And what is the difference between the 7keto and reg DHEA ? As usual, thanks for your help and insights.
Unread 08-21-2012, 12:13 AM
Re: DHEA experiences?

Oily skin, acne (mine even extended to chest area), course hair growth on upper lip and chin (unfortunately, doesn't go away when other symptoms do), male pattern baldness/hair loss, irritability, and can also cause changes to lipid profile. 6andcounting will have to answer about the 7keto difference. I haven't tried that.
Unread 08-21-2012, 04:50 AM
Re: DHEA experiences?

for me, when I had the T effects from DHEA, it was aggressiveness, hairloss and oily skin. When I was trying estratest years ago I had the same issues.

7 keto is a metabolite of DHEA. It has no hormonal effects and that has been proven through testing. It's a patented supplement so if you try it make sure you getting one that has the little "r" so you know it's the real thing. And some companies add a bunch of stuff in with it so look out for that as well.

It's touted as a weight loss supplement and while it might help with that, I didn't take a high enough dose to find out because that was just making me sweat. So I backed down the amount. What I found it did was unexpected and a major moment for me. I took it this past February/March and found it immediately stopped my SAD for the first time in years. This is huge for me becuase I do a lot of different things to help that and this winter i was having a terrible time, which I now realize was from decreasing my HRT, but still it helped tremendously. I slept better. I felt energetic without feeling wired. My moods were better. My skin felt/looked better. My belly fat decreased. My libido increased. My BP seemd to get better but that could have been coincidence since at that time it was going all over the place. It's touted to do a lot more, but who can say really without studies.

If I ever decided to get off hormones completely, I would make sure I have this in hand first.

I stopped taking it in April because I usually feel better then. I'm excited to to try it again come October and see if I can have a winter with no SAD issues.

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