DHEA improves eggs and embryo quality in older women

DHEA helps boost egg quality in older women

You want start taking DHEA because you heard it helps improve egg quality?

Or you’ve read in the internet forum how DHEA helped many women improve egg quality?

You feel ready to take it or have already bought DHEA from a well-known manufacturer, but now you feel there are still things about DHEA which you would like to know?

I often get asked whether DHEA itself is a hormone, as most women feel uneasy with that word and would not supplement any hormones. As you may have already realized, the answer is: YES and NO.

YES in the sense that many hormones are built by using DHEA as raw material, and NO in the sense that DHEA itself is not some crazy steroid you should be afraid of.

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DHEA is produced naturally in our adrenal glands in large amounts. Some women are surprised to hear that, as they often expect a synthetic compound to hide behind that name.

The reason why our bodies need a lot of DHEA is because it is a basic building block for most sexual and steroid hormones. Hormones act as important messengers and affect how we act, feel, and sleep; they drive our immune response and basically every other function in our body.

DHEA concentration declines in our bodies as we get older: it peaks between the ages of 20-25 and then declines at a rate of about 20% per decade, falling in the elderly to levels of less than 10% of initial values.

So if you are trying to get pregnant at the age of 35 and above, there is less DHEA for your ovaries to work with from the beginning.

Therefore, if you want to increase your fertility at that age, you will most likely need to supplement DHEA to bring your eggs and ovaries to the best form possible.

However, if you have any medical conditions you should talk to your doctor before self-administering DHEA or anything else.

Do you still feel unsure about taking DHEA over a longer time?

Maybe you are unsure about the potency of the product you are taking?

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Concerned about supplementing DHEA over a long time? Image courtesy: jannoon028 at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

This is understandable – supplements are not strictly regulated by FDA and different sources CAN have different potencies.

Therefore, if you are taking DHEA supplements similar to this over a long time or just want to be on the safe side, here is what you should do:

Have your total testosterone levels checked.

Ideally, testosterone should stay around normal YOUNG ADULT levels.

This means, greater than 30 ng/dL (between 1 and 2  nmol per ml). 

To summarize, DHEA is simply an important building block. The nice thing is, cells suck up DHEA directly from the blood and decide themselves what they will transform it into.

And if those cells are your eggs getting ready to ovulate, you need to make sure DHEA is available when they look for it.


DHEA Supplements (regular or vegetarian): 

Natrol DHEA 25mg Tablets, 300-Count                    Life Extension DHEA, 25 Mg, Capsules, 100-Count                    MRM Micronized DHEA Vegetarian 50 mg Caplets, 90-Count Bottles


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