Weight gain and DHEA

fizzygato fizzygato
So I know DHEA is supposed to "help increase weight loss," but for me I feel like it's the opposite, or at least in quite a few ways??

I feel like when I'm on DHEA my face gets super skinny; otherwise it has some roundness to it.

I also feel like when I'm on it I gain a lot of stomach weight, but not really too much anywhere else in my body.

Does anyone else notice weight redistribution like this? I feel like it happens super fast for me, like within only a week or two I'll have a suddenly super skinny face and a belly even when I work out a lot/ can't get rid of it while I'm on DHEA, then when I go off I go back to how I used to be.

Also, I realize all the ~dangers~ of DHEA/ "you should just wait to get on T"/ etc. I have insurance, but live with my family/ thus can't transition and the insurance is through my dad's company and he's super intolerant, so I can't exactly ask him for help. I also don't entirely use DHEA for "transitioning reasons." I feel like it makes my mood better as well; I intended to start this thread to ask about your experiences of DHEA and weight gain/ weight redistribution, not for a lecture about ~health dangers~
Answers (public voting - your screen name will appear in the results):
Yes, I've been on DHEA and noticed weight gain
ihavemagicpants
1  (5%)
Yes, I've been on DHEA but didn't notice weight gain
eroticmutt
1  (5%)
Yes, I've been on DHEA and lost weight while on it
Yes I've been on DHEA and had weight redistribution while on it
No I've never been on DHEA but gained weight while on testosterone
Boyqueen , needapacker
2  (11%)
No I've never been on DHEA but didn't notice weight gain on T
No I've never been on DHEA and lost weight while on T
Never been on DHEA
Andrey2052 , GONE! , TransGuy14 , tortilla , Schattenstern , Genderfree , SalmiakkiVodka , U3H , MistressDandelion , treehugger , TransMarc , hillys , kenny-the-trans-boy-wonder , hut22dunn2 , Slutty Girl Problems
15  (79%)
Total votes: 19
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Andrey2052 Andrey2052
Never been on DHEA
01/02/2013
Boyqueen Boyqueen
I tried DHEA for about a month when I wasn't out to my family, but didn't take it long enough to really notice anything. But when I started T about a year later I did gain about 15 pounds over 8 months from increased appetite and lack of proper exercise.
01/03/2013
GONE! GONE!
Man, if I thought it would give me the same result (Skinny face.) I would take it in two seconds. One of the reasons why I don't want to take T is because I'm scared it will make my face even rounder from weight distributing differently.
01/05/2013
fizzygato fizzygato
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Originally posted by GONE!
Man, if I thought it would give me the same result (Skinny face.) I would take it in two seconds. One of the reasons why I don't want to take T is because I'm scared it will make my face even rounder from weight distributing differently.
I've noticed that.

When a lot of guys go on T they get squarer/ bigger faces, sometimes in ways that make them look fatter just because it's bigger.

It makes me kind of scared to go on T because I used to be anorexic.

Idk why dhea does that, though. It's really surprising, and always makes me paranoid the weight will redistribute to my chest/ like it'll get bigger in general there, since dhea is supposed to boost both T & E
01/05/2013
TransGuy14 TransGuy14
never been on DHEA, sorry I can't be more help
01/05/2013
tortilla tortilla
never been on it
01/05/2013
eroticmutt eroticmutt
I have taken DHEA and have not ever noticed a change in weight but I was only taking double the dose listed on the bottle, and I know that many transmen who transition naturally say that it requires several times that much to actually work. (I know many bodybuilding supplements actually also require a much higher dose than that listed on the bottle).

If you are having any kind of weird changes like that, you need to get a blood test to check your thyroid levels. One of the main things that DHEA can impact is the thyroid. I know you are aware of the dangers and I am not telling you to stop taking it as long as that test comes back normal. Insurance will cover the test and it WON'T raise any red flags as this is a very normal test to have done and doesn't have anything to do with transition.

One other thing that I can mention to you is that if you wanna transition there are other things you can take such as testosterone boosters and the like which are sold at GNC and other supplement stores. Those would probably be more effective, especially if your thyroid is normal and you combine them with DHEA.
01/06/2013
fizzygato fizzygato
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Originally posted by eroticmutt
I have taken DHEA and have not ever noticed a change in weight but I was only taking double the dose listed on the bottle, and I know that many transmen who transition naturally say that it requires several times that much to actually work. (I know ... More
What kind of testosterone boosters? (i.e. brand?)

Like non "natural" ones?
01/08/2013
Schattenstern Schattenstern
My very close friend was on DHEA for a while and it actually caused him to have an ovarian cyst.. I really don't recommend it for ANYONE.
01/11/2013
Mediumsizedman Mediumsizedman
Quote:
Originally posted by eroticmutt
I have taken DHEA and have not ever noticed a change in weight but I was only taking double the dose listed on the bottle, and I know that many transmen who transition naturally say that it requires several times that much to actually work. (I know ... More
You should keep in mind that those boosters are marketed to and developed for people with testicles. For those whose bodies are naturally estrogen dominant, such as trans men, they are going to do little to nothing. It'd be better to save your money for transition costs. If you feel you have to take them then always consult with a doctor first.
02/09/2013
needapacker needapacker
Quote:
Originally posted by Mediumsizedman
You should keep in mind that those boosters are marketed to and developed for people with testicles. For those whose bodies are naturally estrogen dominant, such as trans men, they are going to do little to nothing. It'd be better to save your ... More
Thank you for pointing this out. Nobody realizes this.
02/11/2013
Genderfree Genderfree
It's like those people that take Zinc to increase your DHEA. It won't work because you don't naturally have the organs that turn the DHEA into testosterone. However, it's great if you wanna work out! I should begin taking some supplements because I am not getting enough nutrition to support my muscles, I've been getting really shaky after my workouts in the weight room.
03/09/2013
hillys hillys
Quote:
Originally posted by Genderfree
It's like those people that take Zinc to increase your DHEA. It won't work because you don't naturally have the organs that turn the DHEA into testosterone. However, it's great if you wanna work out! I should begin taking some ... More
what is DHEA
04/14/2013
hut22dunn2 hut22dunn2
Quote:
Originally posted by fizzygato
So I know DHEA is supposed to "help increase weight loss," but for me I feel like it's the opposite, or at least in quite a few ways??

I feel like when I'm on DHEA my face gets super skinny; otherwise it has some roundness to ... More
Dont know much about this but am now interested to know a little more.
12/06/2013
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