Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is an adrenal hormone produced by both men and women. The level in the bloodstream peaks at 20 years of age and declines rapidly and markedly after age 25. You can have your level checked by a blood test.
There have been numerous studies of DHEA over the years. It is a precursor of estrogen, testosterone, and progesterone.
Oral DHEA can be used for menopause syndrome which includes hot flashes, vaginal dryness and especially to improve libido (sex drive). DHEA can also be compounded in a vaginal cream or suppository and is absorbed through the vaginal mucosa (lining) for dryness or lack of sensitivity or orgasm (anorgasmia).
DHEA may have an anti-aging effect. In addition to insufficient exercise and overeating, hormonal/metabolic changes such as the decline of DHEA contribute to the increase in abdominal fat. In a recent study, DHEA markedly decreased body fat and insulin levels. The "beer gut" or "midriff bulge" is a result of increased fat deposits in the belly and subcutaneous tissue. This leads to atherosclerosis and heart disease, diabetes, and high cholesterol or what is recently been called the "metabolic syndrome".
Testosterone and estrogen levels will increase in women on DHEA and while this is beneficial for most perimenopausal and menopausal women, those with estrogen related cancers (breast or uterine) may want to avoid excessive supplementation. The slight increase in testosterone in women on DHEA might cause acne or facial hair growth, but at a low dose such as 12.5 or 25mg, this is rare. While it does not increase testosterone in men, PSA testing is warranted in all men for prostate cancer surveillance.
"Lust For Life" is a Women's Wellness Place supplement containing DHEA and Ginkgo biloba.
Both have been associated with anti-aging effects and improved libido. Ginkgo is also used for anorgasmia (inability to achieve orgasm) in patients on SSRI type medications (antidepressants). The DHEA and Ginkgo in our formula is pharmaceutically pure. Many over-the-counter supplements are not. Please read more on the website www.thewomenswellnessplace.com. This product can also be used by men.
1. Orentreich et al, J Clin Endocrinol Metab 1984; 59:551-5.
2. Villareal et al, JAMA 2004 292; 18: 2243-8.
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