DHEA, the hormone you might not know about that affects your sex drive.
The continuing saga of women and libido loss. It's a daily battle in my office, and I take the issue seriously. So seriously in fact, that I have spent a bit of time in labs examining molecules and learning the latest about bio-identical hormones and how they can help. I also took my own advice and had my own extensive blood hormonal work up done so I could use myself as the guinea pig. This survey was done by my friend Kent MacLeod at www.nutrichem.com and it is what they do for Olympic athletes to determine where your oxidative stress, antioxidants, amino acids, urinary organic acids, and essential fatty acids are completely analyzed. It turns out I am low in something called "carnatine", and my DHEA is outside the normal limits.
Sigh, just when you think menopause is a good 10 years out.
DHEA or Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is defined as a multi-functional steroid that has been implicated in a broad range of biological effects in humans and other mammals. Produced by the adrenal glands (so chronic stress can deplete it and burn out your adrenals), it is what women turn into testosterone.
A normal test fro DHEA is 1.65 to 9.15. Eek! When I explain to my patients that they are having as much luck improving their libido with a supplement of DHEA (available over the counter in the US, and by prescription in Canada).
The herbal supplement of beta hydroxy5 (or synonyms: 3-beta-Hydroxy-5-androsten-17-one, 3.beta.-Hydroxyandrost-5-en-17-one, 3beta-hydroxy-5-androsten-17-one, 3beta-hydroxy-androst-5-en-17-one, 3beta-Hydroxy-D5-androsten-17-one, 3beta-Hydroxyandrost-5-en-17-one, 3beta-Hydroxyandrost-5-ene-17-one, 3-beta-hydroxy-etioallocholan-5-ene-17-one , 5-Androsten-3beta-ol-17-one).
Since libido is a complex issue and it is more than just one hormone (however each one is important), I'm interested to see if adding some to the mix will impact me (and the women patients who are looking for the whole package of physical, spiritual, emotional, and sexual balance.)
I'll keep you posted about my journey to keep my hormones perfectly balanced (and keep the hormone crazies at bay). If you have a bit of the crazies, or feel that sexual desire is something that happens to other people (and not you), I encourage you to look for the libido diet on my www.sexwithsue.com site.