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Hormone Problems board


Hi, I'm new to this board. I was on Prozac for eight years (went off in January of this year) and it lowered my testosterone pretty severely, and consequently, I have little to no sex drive at all. Short of the obvious testosterone injections or creams, is there anything I can do to increase it? I'm considering taking Horny Goat Weed. Have any women on here taken it with success? I've tried various other herbs: Ginseng (it worked somewhat, but made my eye twitch!), gingko biloba, dong quai, tribulus, damiana, and saw palmetto extract, all to no avail. Please help. :( If I didn't live in Michigan, I would sue the manfucturer of Prozac. Yeah, it's THAT bad. I can't sue, though, because a bill was passed here years ago saying that you can't sue the drug companies.
Hey, everybody - :wave:

Thank you for the additional replies, much appreciated. I've been away for a while and I wanted to update. I'm feeling much, much better now, emotionally and sexually. ;) I started taking something called fenugreek (an herb) to balance out my hormones and now I feel great. I feel like the old me, again, what a relief! :) I actually took it before, a few years back, for something else and I liked it, no ill effects from it. After doing extensive research, I've came to the conclusion that I'm more than likely experiencing perimenopause (I'm 37 1/2, btw). I was having many of the symptoms of something called "estrogen dominance" which is very common in menopausal and perimenopausal women. Basically, what happens is that the progesterone decreases at a much faster rate than the estrogen during this time and then the estrogen just sort of 'takes over' because of the drastic drop in progesterone. Anyway, the list of symptoms that I found is much too long to list here, however, I have at least half of them. Some things I experience regularly are: PMS mood swings (never had that until now), depression (to the point of being suicidal every month before my period. Again, I was never like that during that time until recently) excessive menstrual cramping, irregular menstrual periods, joint aches, decreased sex drive, anxiety, irritability, memory loss, dry eyes, cold hands and feet, insomnia, etc. If I had stayed on the Prozac, I probably wouldn't be going through the emotional part of it at least. However, I wasn't willing to continue on it any longer due to the side effects.

One more thing: Sparkles, watch the hrt. In my research, I found that it actually contributes to estrogen dominance and breast cancer.