Another solo episode and this time Ann Marie takes a question that came in via Instagram from Hattie at the Real Menopause Talk podcast. She asks: "How did DHEA change your life and are you still taking it?" Ann Marie talks about how, in the early stages of perimenopause she experienced symptoms of adrenal exhaustion that were ultimately successfully treated with a course of Dehydroepiandrosterone, aka, DHEA (for several months) and an entire lifestyle overhaul. And she references some of the latest research on the use of DHEA, and the potential of DHEA for treating the symptoms of perimenopause and menopause.
• How and why she needed DHEA (hint: it started with the eyelashes)
• What DHEA is and what it does and what happens when it's low
• Why the health care field is divided on adrenal exhaustion as a diagnosis
• Why the health care field is divided on DHEA as a treatment
• Why "adrenal exhaustion" was the ultimate wakeup call
• Why the integrative field may be further ahead on this
• Why we may all be taking DHEA 20 years from now.
Studies referenced: Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism (
March 2022): Should Dehydroepiandrosterone Be Administered
journal (2018): Efficacy of intravaginal dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) on moderate to severe... genitourinary syndrome of menopause Annals d'encrinology (2007)
: DHEA: why, when and how much