What Is Poor Ovarian Reserve?
Poor Ovarian Reserve is when the ovaries contain lower quality eggs. Poor ovarian reserve and premature ovarian aging is primarily caused by age but can also affect younger women. Ovarian reserve starts to decline as we get older, starting at about age 30, and declining at a faster rate at about 40 years of age.
Studies Show Using DHEA Can Improve Egg Quality
Scientific studies have shown that taking DHEA can improve egg quality and increase the chances of pregnancy.
The patients in the studies, who took DHEA for four months, had higher pregnancy rates and achieved pregnancy faster. Studies did not find that DHEA increased the chance of multiples.
In the studies, the dosage was normally 75mg per day, taken for about four months, the point at which DHEA typically reaches full effectiveness.
DHEA is a hormone that’s naturally produced by the adrenal glands. As we age, the levels of DHEA in the body decreases as the body slows production of this hormone.
Fertility related benefits of DHEA supplementation can include:
- Better ovarian function
- Pregnancy chances increased
- Lowered miscarriage risk
DHEA may benefit women who have been diagnosed with the following issues:
- Poor ovarian response
- Early ovarian aging
- Unexplained infertility
- Women over the age of 40
DHEA should only be taken under advice from a healthcare provider, especially in the following circumstances:
- Liver disease as the DHEA can affect liver function
- Depression and mood disorders
- Cancers sensitive to Estrogen
- Uterine fibroids
If you have PCOS (Polycystic ovarian syndrome), DHEA is not recommended as it can make symptoms worse.