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If I’m a postmenopausal woman, does DHEA help increase my ability to enjoy sex more?


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So it turns out DHEA is not a home-run for low libido and sexual function. However, it could very well be worth a try, especially in those women either in menopause or perimenopause who have a likely adrenal insufficiency, usually manifested with feeling tired all the time. Start with 50mg twice daily for a month, then reduce to 50 mg daily. It may be worth a try!


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