By the time a woman reaches 30, over 90% of her ovarian reserve is gone. According to the study published by the University of St.Andrews and Edinburgh University in Schotland, 95% of women have less that 12% eggs left by age 30 and only 3% by 40.


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DHEA enhances ovarian function. Image credit: basketmann at

Most women are aware of this natural decline in fertility. So how can be explained that they don’t do anything to counteract it?

In 2005, a study published in Fertility and Sterility found that DHEA can help older women undergoing IVF treatments improve egg and embryo quality. Now – a decade later and several dosen studies more with DHEA, research shows that not just older women in treatments, but all women in advanced reproductive age who are trying to get pregnant can benefit from DHEA supplements (like this one for example).

DHEA is produced naturally by the adrenal glands, is at its peak at around age 25 and then begins to decline.

So how can DHEA help you come a step closer to holding a baby in your arms? What can DHEA supplementation achieve?

  • DHEA improves egg and embryo quality – this means, DHEA increases fertility by helping you get and stay pregnant
  • Doubles pregnancy rates, especially in women above 40
  • Rejuvenates ovaries and improves immune status

How to take DHEA? Recent studies show that women need to take 50-75mg DHEA daily (link to the free full-text of the study) for at least 2-5 months to see the full effects of DHEA. Not only were the women who supplemented DHEA more likely to get pregnant, they were also more likely to experience a healthy pregnancy.

How is DHEA achieving this? Research still needs to understand many details, but this is known:

  • DHEA enhances ovarian function by increasing IGF-1 concentration
  • DHEA facilitates follicular growth
  • DHEA amplifies ovarian response to several hormones

So if getting pregnant is taking you longer then expected, it may be time to consider taking DHEA. Don’t wait too long. A woman is born with all the eggs she will ever have and with the time her ovarian reserve diminishes.


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


Scientific reports on DHEA improving egg and embryo quality: