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How Do DHEA Supplements Help Treat Infertility?

DHEA supplements are increasingly being used in fertility care.  DHEA, short for dehydroepiandrosterone, is a hormone that is naturally produced by the body’s adrenal glands.  A woman produces the highest levels of DHEA during her twenties.  After this point, the levels of DHEA begin to decline along with a woman’s fertility.  Research has shown that supplementing DHEA has significant effects on a woman’s fertility, her ability to become pregnant and the chance of a live birth. 

How DHEA Helps Treat Infertility


One of the most common causes of infertility in women is a diminished egg reserve.  Women are born with all of the eggs they will ever have.  A diminished egg reserve means that a woman’s remaining eggs are of a low quality and not well suited for pregnancy.  Women with a diminished egg reserve have difficulty becoming pregnant and are more likely to have miscarriages.  These women also have abnormally low levels of DHEA.

An increase in egg quality and the health of the resulting embryosBy supplementing DHEA, women with diminished ovarian reserve have seen a number of positive side effects including:

  • Improved success with IVF treatment
  • Fewer cycles required to become pregnant
  • A reduction in likelihood of a miscarriage
  • Reduction in the number of genetic diseases seen in embryos
  • Increase in the number of eggs that can be retrieved during a single cycle

Additionally, women report a number of positive side effects, including having more energy and feeling stronger.

Correct Use of DHEA

Although DHEA supplements may be found over the counter, it is important to work with your fertility care team before you begin taking the medication.  Because DHEA is converted into estrogen and testosterone in the body, it is important that your medical team is aware and can tweak your medication to address these changes.

Find out more about DHEA supplements and how they may work as a part of your personalized fertility plan, contact New Hope Fertility Center today.  Please click the link below to enter your information and New Hope will contact you, or simply call 212-517-7676. Thank you.


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Topics: Fertility Medication, Infertility Treatments, Egg Harvesting, DHEA

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