Hormone Might Ease Menopause, Boost Women’s Sex Life: Study – HealthDay (healthday.com) – By Robert Preidt – (Tuesday, December 20, 2011) –

by drsjbecker on January 6, 2012

A hormone called DHEA appears to help ease women’s menopausal symptoms and also improve their sex life, a small, new study says. 

This is the first evidence that low doses of DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone), a hormone secreted by the adrenal glands, can help sexual function as well as menopausal symptoms, according to the researchers at the University of Pisa in Italy. 

The study included 48 postmenopausal women who’d experienced troubling symptoms for a year. They were divided into four groups: 12 took vitamin D and calcium to prevent osteoporosis; 12 took a low dose of DHEA; 12 were given standard hormone replacement therapy (HRT) of estrogen plus progesterone; and 12 took tibolone, a synthetic steroid.      http://consumer.healthday.com/Article.asp?AID=660031

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