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Can DHEA Be Used in the Treatment of Sexual Function?

DHEA, or dehydroepiandrosterone, is becoming widely used in the treatment of female health issues.  Produced naturally in the body, DHEA is transformed into estrogen and testosterone.  These hormones are directly responsible for a number of functions in the female body including sex drive and fertility.  Research has shown that supplementing DHEA can restore both sex drive and fertility.

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In the body, DHEA is produced in the adrenal glands.  Although the hormone is produced naturally, it is made at different levels depending on a person’s age.  DHEA is at peak production during a person’s 20s.  As a person ages, the level of DHEA in their body begins to decline. 

DHEA for Treatment of Sexual Function and More

Research has shown that replenishing the levels of DHEA in the body has a number of positive outcomes, including:

  • Increased sex drive
  • Having more energy
  • Improved mood
  • Increased stamina
  • Improvement in the quality of a woman’s eggs
  • Increased pregnancy rates
  • Decreased number of miscarriages

It is important to note that these benefits are seen in women who have low DHEA levels.  Women who have normal or high DHEA levels do not have the same level of benefit. While researchers are not sure how DHEA supplementation works, it is believed that by restoring DHEA levels, women’s bodies are able to operate more effectively. 

How to Supplement DHEA

As with all treatment, it is best to speak with a medical professional before beginning DHEA treatment.  For those that are on other medication, DHEA may result in unwanted or surprising side effects.  This is especially true for women undergoing fertility treatment.  Taking any hormone, including DHEA without the approval of your fertility care team can negatively impact your chance for becoming pregnant.  For women with a low sex drive, it is important to understand the root cause of the issue before starting treatment.   

For additional information on the use of DHEA for treatment of infertility and sexual function, contact the experts at 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 Treatment, DHEA

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