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Old 09-23-2010, 06:10 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Has anyone tried DHEA supplementation (a precursor to Testosterone) in hopes of increasing libido? I have had low libido for years now (I'm sure having 3 kids in 3 years did not help any ) and while doing some research I found about DHEA as a relatively safe way to increase your testosterone production naturally, hopefully without the negative side effects of messing with the testosterone itself. Has anyone heard of this or had personal experience with this? I ordered some and started taking it today (I'm taking a very low dose to start). Feedback?

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I've never heard of this, but I currently take a fish oil supplement, so maybe that will be a welcome side effect. I just read a good article that actually views low libido as a potential sign of some other condition (adrenal fatigue, etc.). Worth checking out... Hormonal imbalance and low libido

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I wil sub. to this one...Low libido lives here also.
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I've never heard of this, but I currently take a fish oil supplement, so maybe that will be a welcome side effect. I just read a good article that actually views low libido as a potential sign of some other condition (adrenal fatigue, etc.). Worth checking out... Hormonal imbalance and low libido

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I'm thinking you're thinking of DHA (as in the fish oil) but DHEA is different. It's a pre-cursor to the hormone testosterone. It helps your body to create a bit more without directly "forcing" it to. I'm currently taking 5 mg a day(a very low, conservative dose) and so far (about 2 weeks) it seems like it MAY be having a slightly positive effect. It's hard to tell yet for sure but I will continue in hopes of more effect in the coming months. Thanks for the link...I'll check it out!

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I have not heard of that, but am going to check it out right now. Low libido here too.
What kind did you get?

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I have not heard of that, but am going to check it out right now. Low libido here too.
What kind did you get?

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I just got some from Vitacost. This is the one I got.

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Low DHEA is a sign of magnesium deficiency.

Also investigate adrenal and thyroid issues.
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Low DHEA is a sign of magnesium deficiency.

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Good to know..I'll look into it. We recently started supplementing with some iodine after reading your other thread but not at the high levels mentioned. We're taking antomidine (sp?) daily. I figure better some than nothing...

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I figured I'd update for anyone interested. I slowly increased my dosage to 15 mg daily and I definitely think it is helping my low libido. We did read some info on Dr Mercola's website about not much testing having been done and his uncertainty about all the ramifications so I lowered my dose back down to 5 mg for a few weeks but I definitely noticed a difference in my libido (decrease). So though I would like to do more research and possibly look into getting my DHEA levels tested to see where they are at, I went back up to 15 mg and consider it an acceptable risk considering the benefit I am getting. Low libido can affect a relationship in many ways and for me, the payout of having a higher libido is worth the possible risk...I realize that may not be the case for everyone so please do your own research if you're considering this route :)


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