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Supplementing DHEA: How long before effects felt and testing frequency

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 15, 2011 at 4:55 PM

I've decide to supplement DHEA 50mg daily based on my test results. I'm post/menopausal and my levels are characteristically low. Anyone have any information on what I can expect in terms of effects? Are they noticeable? Also how often should I retest?

If I start growing a beard I shall stop supplementing immediately!

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on November 18, 2011
at 10:30 AM

You can try offsetting any excess oestrogen with DIM (I agree with dosing and proceeding with caution).

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on November 16, 2011
at 03:49 AM

Fairly quickly. Within a week. Better verbal fluency, greater sense of well-being were effects I noticed. Make sure to get blood tests down the road to adjust dosage up/down.

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on November 16, 2011
at 04:34 AM

plus one........

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on November 16, 2011
at 09:43 PM

Better sleep, mood and energy in just a few days. I tested very low and probably won't test again until next year. I have been taking a low amount, about 2-3 weeks and then at least a week off.

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559a1bf85bfe38a0fbbf56377c7278b4

on November 15, 2011
at 05:23 PM

It had a great effect on my energy levels and mood, but I am afraid I have to report that facial hair also occurred ... it's off for electrolysis for me.

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on November 18, 2011
at 02:47 AM

There is a subset of the population that reacts negatively to DHEA supplementation, it can cause large spikes in blood pressure. For that reason I would not recommend starting at anywhere near a 50 mg/day dose. It also tends to raise estrogen levels, something potentially beneficial post menopause, but undesirable for most males.

Dr. Ray Sahelien was once one of the strongest proponents of supplementing this hormone, even authoring "DHEA, A Practical Guide" in the mid 1990s with a suggested 25 mg/day dose. He now suggests 5 mg/day maximum, with frequent blood pressure monitoring, and cautions that long term effects of supplementation are not known: http://www.raysahelian.com/dhea.html

Hope this helps -

559a1bf85bfe38a0fbbf56377c7278b4

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on November 18, 2011
at 10:30 AM

You can try offsetting any excess oestrogen with DIM (I agree with dosing and proceeding with caution).

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