Supplementing with DHEA boils down to one thing and that is…

why use dhea supplementsProgress in fertility treatments for older women is continuous.

For example, it only recently became known that low ovarian reserve is associated with low testosterone levels and that testosterone levels, which peak in women 20–25 years, are essential for producing good eggs.

For that reason, there is a growing trend in IVF centers to pre-supplement women who wish to get pregnant after 35 with DHEA in an attempt to raise testosterone levels first.

It will, of course, take time before all clinics acknowledge scientific progress and implement practices aimed at improving egg quality.

In Germany, there are still doctors who say things like “I don’t believe in DHEA” and in fertility clinics all around the world there are certainly gaps in what clinical research knows and what doctors practice. The dogma has existed over many decades that women’s eggs are built like kitchen timers, set at the certain age to expire and resistant to any improvement or intervention from outside. People don’t like to give up their convictions easily and fertility doctors are no exception.

Thanks to the millions of IVF treatments performed around the world, we now understand eggs much better. The landscape of our understanding has changed and we now know much more about how women can make the most of their eggs. DHEA is one of the few powerful weapons that women have on their side.

Many women are still unsure when supplementing with DHEA because many supplement producers provide conflicting reports on what dosage should be used and, in many countries, women need a prescription to buy DHEA.

In this post, you will find a summary of what exactly needs to be monitored if you are supplementing DHEA over a long time and, as a general rule, you can simply remember that with DHEA supplementation, all you are trying to achieve is the testosterone status that you had when you were 25.

You don’t know what it was?

There are tables that can be used for approximation and a woman should take DHEA until their testosterone level reaches the upper one-third of the range or slightly above the level for 20–25-year-old women.

Thus, the whole issue around improving egg quality with supplements boils down to getting your hormones to the levels of a young woman. Makes sense, right?


2018-06-18T11:52:14+00:00 September 16th, 2015|Tags: , |

About the Author:

Darja Wagner, a PhD cell biologist combines her knowledge of cells, hormones and vitamins to help women with infertility issues. She is the author of the blog "All About Egg Health: How to Get Pregnant After 35". Darja helps women to apply latest advances in reproductive biology to maximize egg quality for higher chances of conception, in either a natural way or by means of assisted reproductive technology.


  1. Shevaun September 16, 2015 at 11:30 pm

    I have just started a 3-month treatment of a 6x6cm fibroid. When the treatment is over I would like to do a fertility cleanse to get toxins out of my body. I’ll be 40 in January and would love to have a baby, so when would you recommend that I begin using DHEA to improve my egg health?
    Could I start using it right now or is it better to begin after the treatment and the fertility cleanse ? Thanks for your advice ?

    • darja October 23, 2015 at 1:57 pm

      your plan sounds good. before women start taking DHEA, i generally recommend talking to a fertility specialist and having testosterone values checked first. you are also welcome to join and talk to me during my regular open skype-sessions fridays, here you can find more details

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