DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) is a hormone produced by the body's adrenal glands, which are located just above the kidneys. The female body converts DHEA into androgens (such as testosterone or estrogen). Many women turn to DHEA supplements for a wide range of supposed (and unfortunately unproven) benefits. Because testosterone and estrogen production generally declines with age, many believe that supplementing with DHEA might:
DHEA is a natural mild androgen (male hormone) that is sold in the United States as a nutritional supplement. The annual sale of DHEA reached $55 million in 2009, according to Nutrition Business Journal. Surprisingly, men are not the only consumers of DHEA supplements, even though DHEA is an androgen—but why do women take DHEA? The answer is related to DHEA's fertility benefits for women.
For some women out there, getting pregnant is as simple as forgetting to take the pill, while others wait for the proverbial stork to come around for a long time. If you are trying to get pregnant but somehow it’s not happening, you might need to get your ovarian reserve checked by a reproductive endocrinologist (fertility specialist) and consider taking DHEA to support your ovaries.
We at Fertility Nutraceuticals (FNC) keeps thinking of DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) supplementation for women’s fertility as “new,” but believe it or not, the use of DHEA for female fertility reaches 10-year mark this year.
Supplementation with dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), a steroid hormone produced by both women and men, has become a growing trend in infertility treatment. Use of DHEA has been shown to decrease the time to conception, while also increasing the quality of women's eggs, thereby improving the resilience of the embryo and resulting in more successful pregnancies. Read on for more information and DHEA and its growing use in infertility treatment.
A recently published study took a closer look at the accuracy of product labels in the herbal supplement industry. Using DNA bar-code testing, researchers were able to determine whether popular herbal supplements actually contained what their labels claimed. Their results, which showed many popular herbal supplements had been diluted -- or replaced entirely -- by cheap filler ingredients, have fueled the conversation about the growing concern over mislabeling in the supplement industry.
In a recently published study in Reproductive BioMedicine Online researchers claim to have identified the cause of infertility for 80 percent of couples trying to conceive: high sperm DNA damage. These new findings could help couples make more informed choices about their treatment options, saving them time, money, and emotional strain.
Infertility is a serious issue that can bring about a lot of stress and anxiety for both men and women. It's important for couples to find a way to recognize and cope with the emotional strain brought on by infertility. Read on for more information about infertility anxieties and how to deal with them.