Can DHEA Actually Help You Get Pregnant?

As many as 10 percent of couples are affected by fertility issues, described as the inability to become pregnant on their own after trying for one year.  These issues are equally likely to be caused by the male partner, female partner or combination of the two.  For infertility issues that are related to the female, use of DHEA has been shown to improve pregnancy rates. couple-white-looking

DHEA Basics 

DHEA is a chemical that is naturally made in the body by the adrenal glands.  It is then changed in the body into estrogen and testosterone.  Both hormones play an important role in fertility.  DHEA is produced constantly throughout a person’s life.  However, the amount and rate of replenishment decreases with age, this drop off is also associated with decreased egg quality and quantity.

DHEA Uses in Fertility Care 

DHEA is often prescribed as a supplement for women who have low DHEA levels.  DHEA has the following positive effects on fertility:

  • Increased egg quality
  • An increase in the number of eggs that are suited for fertilization
  • Increase in the quality of eggs produced via IVF
  • A decrease in the probability of having a miscarriage
  • A reduction in the number of IVF cycles required to become pregnant

Together these things help women who take DHEA supplements to become pregnant.

DHEA Supplement Process 

In order to help women become pregnant, DHEA must be taken prior to the beginning of an IVF cycle.  This gives DHEA time to work on the ovaries and improve egg health.  Depending on each patient’s needs, this can begin six to eight weeks prior to the beginning of the IVF cycle. The supplements continue until a woman because pregnant or until she advised by her fertility care team to stop taking them.  It is important to speak with your team about DHEA supplements before starting them.  Because DHEA turns into hormones in the body, the treatment can impact your existing treatment plan.

Learn more about how DHEA is used to address fertility issues, 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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