Seeking Help to Restore Sexual Response and LibidoWard Dean, MD
Dear Doctor Dean,
I am a 58-year-old woman who eats really well and exercises 5 days a week at a gym with weights cardio and ab exercises, for about nine years. I have just finished an education degree and teach a couple of days per week.
I see an anti-aging doctor in Melbourne and take Estradiol/estriol 50:50 6 MG BI Gel daily with 0.5 /ML testosterone. Progesterone 200 mg capsules in the evening 25 days of the month with a rest of 5 days per month. I have been taking this for about 8 years.
I take Metformin 500 mg tablets twice a day and for the past 4 months have been taking an antidepressant called Lovan 20 tab I per day. In 2000 I had half my thyroid removed because of tumours and have been swallowing thyroxine sodium tablets 100 mcg per day ever since. I have blood tests and they are fine. I feel healthy and I am in good spirits and generally look years younger and stronger than anyone I know in my age group. However, I have one major problem.
I have the “org” but not the “gasm.” It’s like my little button has switched itself off. Can you shed some light on this? I have read IAS articles. Would Russian peptides help me? If so, which ones specifically? Or should I try oxytocin?
I respect you so very much, Dr. Dean. Perhaps when I teach in America I could see you for an appointment. Until then, have you some idea of where I should be looking to overcome this hormone imbalance?
First, I noted that you are not supplementing with either DHEA or Pregnenolone — both of which decline dramatically with age.
However, your physician is inexplicably prescribing testosterone for you —which will preclude your taking DHEA, because women very efficiently convert DHEA into testosterone. Taking both testosterone and DHEA would probably really throw you out of balance. I rarely prescribe testosterone to women, because they can almost always restore testosterone to youthful levels by taking DHEA. DHEA by itself, is a well-documented mood elevator. (1) I suggest you discontinue testosterone, and start taking DHEA — for women, 25 mg is usually enough (although you may need to adjust it slightly up or down), first thing in the morning.
Also, Pregnenolone is another often-overlooked hormone that declines with age, and which converts preferentially to progesterone, and also to DHEA.
Notwithstanding, the most likely cause of your anorgasmia may be your anti-depressant. Lovan (aka, Prozac, fluoxetine) is a well-known cause of sexual dysfunction and loss of libido.
I suggest weaning yourself from Lovan, and switching to 5-HTP, 150-300 mg per day at bedtime on an empty stomach. (2,3) 5-HTP is a precursor of serotonin, and usually produces equal benefits of the SSRIs, without the adverse effects.
Also, you might consider Deprenyl, which has been best known as an “anti-aging, life-extending aphrodisiac.” (4-7) Although most of the studies of the aphrodisiac effects of deprenyl have been conducted on male rats, the effect has generally been attributed to its MAO-B inhibiting effect, which is shared equally by both sexes. Another possible cause of deprenyl’s aphrodisiac effect may be to its less well-known ability to raise serum levels of Nitric Oxide (8,9) —to which the effects of Viagra and Cialis are attributed.
Deprenyl has also been shown to be an effective antidepressant, which you may find of additional benefit. (10-17) Prof. Josef Knoll recommends those of us who are over 45 take 10-15 mg Deprenyl per week (about 2 mg/day) for its anti-aging, neuroprotective effects.18
Oxytocin, as you suggested, may also help, but I like to try the cheap stuff first.
Ward Dean, MD
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