View Full Version : No libido/hubby is sad!--testosterone causes heavy bleeding.

05-11-2001, 04:02 PM
Can someone help me out here please? I am in perimenopause and once 4 years ago before all this perimeno i used to have an extremely high sex drive...Now i dont even want to think about sex, much less perform the act with my new hubby of 2 years now..My libido has completely gone south, and my husband is sad but understanding/patient...TEstosterone helped a tiny bit, but it make my cycles come down like a stuck pig..is there something else anyone has tried or recommends to help libido? I am on hormones progesterone and estrogen, but they dont do a thing to help me either...HELP PLEASE!

05-11-2001, 07:26 PM
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Here are some links that describe treatment for low libido during perimenopause. Looks like they are all in agreement on the herbal rememdies. Good Luck to you. I hope this helped!

Take Care!

05-27-2001, 02:24 AM
Sometimes the "stuck pig" bleeding comes from a vitamin A deficiency. Iron is necessary to strengthen the muscles of the uterus to close off blood vessels, but you need vitamin A in order to utilize iron.

Excessive bleeding can be stopped in most cases by taking about 25,000 IU preformed Vit.A twice/day for 15 days. Then dropped down to 10,000 [not over 8,000 for those who may get pregnant]. Vitamin C with bioflavonoids 500mg each twice/day helps also. This works if ferritin (iron stores)isn't too low.

Vitamin A deficiency can come from several causes: Not enough in the diet, low thyroid blocks conversion of beta carotene to A, so does diabetes.

Testosterone would be something to revisit when you get the bleeding fixed, cause it works real well.

05-27-2001, 05:11 PM
WOW! You said it right on the dot..my ferritin levels are low..one day at ER when i had a virus from hell, they told me the ferritin and potassium levels in my blood were low..but taking iron is dangerous..i tried taking some from a grocers, and after 10 days on it, i felt awful..i had hot feelings inside like sweating, dizziness, etc..when i stopped the iron the symptoms went away...maybe i took the wrong iron..which is the best iron to take, and whats the company name?

05-30-2001, 11:49 PM
It should be a chelated iron, do not use the oxide form as it is not well absorbed. Floradix is found in health food stores. It's a liquid that is non-constipating, non-nausea producing. It helps to take it with food (to prevent nausea). It helps to take it with 500 mg. vitamin C as it increases the absorption, and also with vitamin A as I mentioned.

The regular dose of iron is 18-20 mg. It should be higher to make up a deficiency, but it's best to have a medical practitioner tell you what dose to take, one who knows your ferritin level and will re-test occasionally to ascertain when you are at the optimal level.

A ferritin below 12 is considered "absent iron stores", below 35 it's considered (diminished iron stores), and the optimal level is around 70-ish. It's not good to have too much either.

Iron comes up real slowly, so it should be taken consistently. To go from "absent" to "optimal" may take a year depending on other factors.

One problem to be aware of, is that if your thyroid is low, you may have low ferritin because your body is not absorbing iron. If so, you may not be absorbing copper either. If your copper is low you can have an iron deficiency anemia that is not cured by taking iron. The body needs about 2.6 mg. of copper/day (or is that mcg?), anyway, it wouldn't hurt to add that in, just in case. It takes about 6mg over a 1-2 month period to make up a deficiency. A quick thyroid test is to take your temperature in the morning before getting out of bed (if you don't have a heated water-bed or electric blanket). Put the thermometer in your mouth for 5 minutes. If the temp reads below 97.6 (98.6 in the daytime), your thyroid may not be functioning very well. That has to be fixed before anything else with work very well.

Here's to a healthy future!