DHEA Dosage - What Is the Ideal Dehydroepiandrosterone Dose in IVF?

How Much DHEA to Take for Fertility

DHEA is taken as a supplement to help women increase their pregnancy chances, but how does CHR determine what DHEA fertility dosage to recommend for each patient?

Typical DHEA Dosage for Women with Diminished Ovarian Reserve

How much DHEA for fertility is needed to achieve a pregnancy when used before and during IVF? The general DHEA dosage for fertility is 75mg daily, which is split into three 25mg doses (to avoid the development of an upset stomach). DHEA supplementation is usually started at least 6 weeks prior to the start of IVF cycles, so that the DHEA has enough time to affect the ovarian environment for the follicles that are still small and growing. DHEA supplementation for diminished ovarian reserve is stopped once a woman has conceived, as the body produces enough DHEA during pregnancy. Because some women take longer than others to convert DHEA into androgens,androgens the time to get pregnant after DHEA supplementation will be different for each woman.

CHR Individualizes DHEA Dosage and Duration for IVF

It is important to note that alone, DHEA for fertility is unlikely to be effective for women with diminished ovarian reserve who are trying to conceive. To maximize every woman's pregnancy chances, CHR adjusts each patient’s DHEA dosage and duration of supplementation within a well-designed fertility treatment framework. This framework includes an ovarian stimulationovarian stimulation protocol tailored to each woman's needs, as well as proper management of any contributing infertility factors.

One important way in which CHR physicians maximize the DHEA fertility benefit is to carefully monitor testosterone and SHBG (sex hormone binding globulin) levels: CHR’s recent research has shown that women whose androgen levels rise while on DHEA supplementation have higher pregnancy rates than those whose androgen levels remain low, even with DHEA treatment. CHR physicians now closely monitor the patients’ androgen (testosterone) levels, and adjust DHEA dosage up or down in order to help the androgen levels reach the optimal range before the start IVF cycles.

DHEA for fertility should always be taken under the supervision of a physician, as the hormone can interact with some prescription drugs and affect some medical conditions like diabetes, mood disorders, and estrogen-sensitive cancers.

Learn More About the Use of DHEA for IVF

Contact CHR if you are interested in learning more about using DHEA for IVF, what DHEA fertility dosage is right for you, or if you’re interested in scheduling an appointment with one of our experts. You can also see more videos on DHEA in our video gallery.

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Norbert Gleicher, MD, FACOG, FACS

Norbert Gleicher, MD, leads CHR’s clinical and research efforts as Medical Director and Chief Scientist. A world-renowned reproductive endocrinologist, Dr. Gleicher has published hundreds of peer-reviewed papers and lectured globally while keeping an active clinical career focused on ovarian aging, immunological issues and other difficult cases of infertility.

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Last Updated: February 6, 2019

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