DHEA: The New Wonder Drug for Treating Infertility
Posted Feb 16 2012 12:00am
According to a 2010 study conducted by Israeli researchers, DHEA , an over-the-counter anti-aging drug, has been found to improve pregnancy rates among women undergoing treatment for diminished ovarian reserve (DOR).
Dehydroepiandrosterone, more commonly referred to as DHEA, it is a mild androgen (male hormone) produced by the adrenal glands and converted in the body to testosterone and estradiol. Since many women with DOR demonstrate low androgen levels, the benefits of taking DEHA supplements are exponential, as the drug can reverse the effects of aging in the ovaries.
Scientists overseeing the study at Meir Medical Center in Tel Aviv found that women who were receiving DHEA supplements in conjunction with infertility treatments were three times more likely to conceive than women who did not receive the supplement.
This study confirmed what researchers at the Center for Human Reproduction (CHR) in New York have been saying for years: DHEA rejuvenates ovarian function and has been linked to increased embryo count and quality, while lowering the rate of miscarriage.
A fairly recent breakthrough in female infertility, DHEA supplementation has greatly improved treatment for women suffering from diminished ovarian reserve . This includes younger women diagnosed with premature ovarian aging (POA), which is one of the major causes of female infertility.
While studies are still limited, more and more research is being dedicated to investigating the effects of the drug in IVF treatment.
Aside from fertility benefits, women taking DHEA supplements have reported many positive side effects. These include an improved overall sensation of well-being, increased physical strength, an improved sex drive, mental sharpness, and better memory. Other minor side effects include but are not limited to oily skin, acne, and hair loss.
While there are substantial benefits to introducing DHEA in a patient’s fertility regimen, taking the drug alone will not suffice, as there are various factors to consider when determining the best treatment approach for individual patients affected by DOR and POA.
Women interested in learning whether they would benefit from taking DHEA supplements should contact their doctor.