DHEA (Dehydroepiandosterone) is an important building block and precursor for many sexual and steroid hormones.
Cells take DHEA directly from the blood and convert it into molecules that are important for the fertility, immune function, cellular signaling, and aging.
A study published in the highly respected Journal of the American Medical Association found that supplementation with 50mg of DHEA per day in mature adults helped promote sugar metabolism.
DHEA also helps in increasing fertility by improving the quality of your egg.
The concentration of DHEA peaks in our bodies at about 20–25 years and then declines at the rate of ~20% per decade, falling in the elderly to less than 10% of the initial value. So, it is a fact of life that, if you want to increase your fertility at an advanced age, you most likely need to supplement DHEA to bring your eggs and ovaries in the best shape possible.
Scientists from one of the most successful fertility clinics for women in advanced reproductive age reported on women taking 50mg DHEA daily (they used simple, over-the-counter available food supplements) and having improved egg and embryo quality.
1/3 of clinics nowadays use DHEA. To date, there are >70 scientific papers related to DHEA use in fertility treatments. In an infertility setting, particularly in conjunction with IVF, DHEA is used primarily to treat women with diminished ovarian reserve (DOR), which occurs either as a consequence of premature ovarian aging (POA) or female aging.
What does DHEA do for IVF? And how long does it take for DHEA to work for fertility?
This is where the confusion usually occurs:
1) In the USA, food supplements are not strictly regulated by the FDA, making it possible for inconsistent products to occur on the market.
2) Some studies also report increased pregnancy success rates with 50mg daily doses of DHEA and not just 75mg.
3) There are no clear guidelines on maximal recommended dosage. One study performed at the reproductive medicine department at UCLA in 1998 aimed to assess the effect of supplementation with larger oral dose of 100mg DHEA in women and men. After 6 months, women restored serum DHEA levels similar to those of young women. Interestingly, this result was gender specific and no change was detected in men. Neither gender had changes in basal metabolic rate, bone mineral density, or lipid profiles. No significant adverse effects were observed.
4) In some countries (like Germany), DHEA is not regulated as a food supplement and needs a prescription, which leaves women with an uneasy feeling when self-administering and purchasing it through the Internet.
What are the side effects of DHEA?
According to this report written by the authors who did the original research on DHEA, side effects of DHEA at dosages of 50-75mg are insignificant and rare.
To date, combined data from several institutions mention only occasional reports of oily skin, acne, increased sweating, and even more frequently, improved energy levels and better sex drive among women.
To summarize: What DHEA exactly does to woman’s eggs, how it improves implantation rates and lowers miscarriages is, ultimately, still unknown.
When DHEA is used with FERTILOVIT F35 and CO-Q10 supplement the fertility success rate is even higher.
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