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How the DHEA Supplement Can Help You Get Pregnant

As a woman ages, her ability to get pregnant declines.  This is primarily the result in a decline in the quality of her egg reserves which makes becoming and remaining pregnant harder.  Additionally, the rates at which hormones are produced in the body changes, the resulting imbalance can result in fertility issues.  When used as a supplement, DHEA treatment has been clinically shown to improve fertility and pregnancy rates.

DHEA, a steroid naturally produced by the body, is a precursor for two very important sex hormones, estrogen and testosterone.  Both hormones are critical in fertility, particularly for ovulation and producing mature eggs for fertilization.  DHEA levels begin to decline in a person’s 20s.  By the time a person reaches age 70, their body will only produce one fifth of the DHEA they did earlier in life.



What is DHEA?

Although researchers haven’t pinpointed exactly how DHEA works in the body, research shows that higher DHEA levels result in the following positive health effects:

  • Increased stamina
  • More energy
  • Improved mood
  • Increased libido
  • Improved fertility

How does DHEA help women become pregnant?

DHEA has been shown to help pregnancy rates in a number of ways:

  • Improving the quality of eggs
  • Decreasing the number of eggs with chromosomal defects
  • Increasing quality of embryos
  • Decreasing the likelihood of miscarriage

These improvements can be seen in women who have low DHEA levels.  Supplementing DHEA in women without a deficit has not been shown to have the same result.

How should DHEA supplements be taken?

If you are being treated for fertility concerns, it is important to talk with your fertility care team prior to taking DHEA.  DHEA can affect other fertility treatments and should be taken as a part of a fertility care plan.   Typically, DHEA is taken as an oral supplement in the weeks leading up to fertility treatment. 

Receive additional information on DHEA supplementation and its use during fertility treatment by contacting 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, Infertility, Pregnancy, Fertility Medication, Trying to Conceive, DHEA

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