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DHEA - the new wonder supplement for fertility?

Updated on February 27, 2013

Is DHEA the new wonder-supplement for treating infertility?

Many seem to think so.

Dehydroepiandrosterone, or DHEA, is a steroid hormone made naturally by the human body, consisting of testosterone and estrogen and is made from cholesterol by the adrenal glands. DHEA production peaks in the mid-20s and declines steadily with age. Men have higher DHEA levels than women and symptoms due to depleted levels are more apparent in women than in men.

DHEA needs to be supplemented in order to delay or reverse the ageing process, which includes infertility due to advanced maternal age. DHEA has been used very successfully in the past few years by top fertility specialists in America and Canada, in treating women with diminished ovarian reserve due to either premature ovarian failure or advanced age. DHEA has a remarkable rejuvenating effect on the ovaries, as well as on the entire body and can also help to reverse menopusal symptoms.

Some of the beneficial effects of DHEA include:

  • increased egg and embryo counts
  • improved egg and embryo quality
  • increased chromosomally normal embryos
  • increased number of embryos for transfer in IVF treatments
  • accelerated time to pregnancy in fertility treatment
  • increased spontaneously conceived pregnancies
  • improved IVF pregnancy rate
  • decreased miscarriage rate
  • enhanced libido
  • improved overall feeling
  • better memory

New studies suggest that DHEA plays an important role in miscarriage rates, especially in older women. This is primarily due to the fact that most miscarriages in older women occur as a result of chromosomal abnormalities. These findings strongly support the fact that DHEA reduces chromosomal abnormalities in embryos as well as significantly decreasing the miscarriage rate in women with diminished ovarian reserve. A recent worldwide survey of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) clinics concluded that about a third have now introduced DHEA into their treatment of low ovarian reserve.

DHEA is also used in slowing the progress of Alzheimer’s disease and improving thinking skills in elderly people. Sportsmen often use DHEA to increase muscle mass, strength, and energy and DHEA can also be used for weight loss and boosting the immune system.

While there is still no rock-solid scientific proof that DHEA can assist women suffering from various symptoms of infertility in achieving a successful pregnancy, the proof is "in the pudding", so to speak. Many women who have tried DHEA have had remarkable results - the ratio currently being 60 babies to every 400 patients using DHEA. IVF patients using DHEA produced twice the amounts of eggs per cycle, which indicates that DHEA is highly beneficial in helping women who have trouble producing eggs.

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      4 years ago

      He guys, because i know it is sometimes hard to get DHEA in the netherlands i made a site for it. Check it out and hit me up if you like it :)

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      6 years ago

      your youtube information video about DHEA is also very usefull. for other people who are interested:

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      6 years ago

      great story.

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      Crystal Marie Antoinette 

      7 years ago from Missouri

      I found your hub interesting. I have a son who is now seven and I have yet to get pregnant again but so want to expand my family. I have given up on all the fertility stuff not because I have tried and it failed but simply because I now know that its not up to me its up to God whether I get pregnant or not. Do you think this stuff works and how do you feel about women and getting pregnant? I just dont understand how some women can get pregnant when they say they will and then others have the hardest time ever. That's why I said its up to God because I had my son in 2003 and still not pregnant again? Im thinking that I cant be infertile because I have a son but then I read about secondary infertility. Its just too much for me I want more but Im going to enjoy sex and not worry about it anymore. Cool article if this works alot of women will be happy.


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