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Question: DHEA increased Testosterone levels, thinned hair

 domande - Wed Mar 25, 2009 8:33 pm

I am a 41 year old female, recently (July 2008) diagnosed with borderline low testosterone levels. I was prescribed topical DHEA to use to increase my testosterone, but the result, in the last several months, is that my hair has thinned significantly, grows more slowly, and breaks more easily. I would like to remedy this with antiandrogen tx, but would that further reduce my testost. levels? And what if I chose the natural methods (e.g., saw palmetto) instead of pharmaceutical?

Thank you.
 Debbie Miller, RN - Thu Mar 26, 2009 11:15 pm

User avatar Hello,
This is the trouble with treating low testosterone. The side effects are often worse than the original problem.

Any herbal or "natural" treatment would be either unreliable, unpredictable, ineffective or the same as what you are using. I would not expect a more favorable response and since these are not regulated by the FDA we really don't know what the purity, active ingredients, side effects or benefits are. Consistency is often lacking.

Good luck.

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