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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.

Many would like to supplement DHEA to improve egg quality for IVF or ICSI, but are scared of DHEA. While I don’t wish to call for any unreasonable actions, I would like to say that supplementing DHEA in women over 35 is clearly the case where benefits by far outweigh any potential risks.

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). Please continue reading here: Improving egg quality: Why to NOT be afraid of DHEA