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!
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: