Is dhea appropriate for me?
I tested low for dhea 2 (3-10), was also low in cortisol. However, my progesterone was very elevated >1000 (65-500), and my testosterone was also elevated 35 (8-20). How can my dhea be low, but testosterone be high? If I supplement with dhea, do you think it will just convert into more testosterone? The doctor thinks dhea will help me have more energy and to use it with Cortef (for low cortisol) because the two may work synergisticly. However, I just don't want facial hair. I already have some pale peach fuzz there (that no one really notices), but I don't want it to get worse. If I tried the dhea, if I got facial hair, does that go away when you stop the dhea, or would I be stuck with it? Anyone have any experience with that?
Do you think most of my testosterone is coming from my ovaries, as well as the excess progesterone? Or perhaps I have some sort of enzyme deficiency that gets stuck with lots of progesterone but little cortisol and dhea? My doctor does not even know what to think because everyone he has treated with adrenal fatigue typically has low reproductive hormones. Everything I have read also indicates that. (Progesterone is made into cortisol, so the body generally favors cortisol production which lessens progesterone, etc.) I don't have insurance or the money for more comprehensive testing...
Anyway, the bottom line is, my dhea was low, so the doctor suggested dhea supplementation. Should I or shouldn't I?