Friday, October 26, 2007

DHEA improves women's in-vitro fertilization chances!

An article published in the October 27, 2007 issue of New Scientist magazine revealed the benefits of the use of the hormone dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) by women attempting to conceive using their own eggs via in-vitro fertilization (IVF). In vitro fertilization involves the extraction of eggs from a woman's ovaries to be fertilized outside of the body. Women who produce few ripe eggs have a reduced chance of IVF success.
Norbert Gleicher, MD, of New York's Center for Human Reproduction observed an increased in the pregnancy rate in his clinic from 11 to 23 percent among patients over 40 years of age who have supplemented with DHEA. Dr Gleicher began suggesting three 25 milligram doses of DHEA per day after observing the spectacular results achieved by one of his patients who supplemented with the hormone. Acting on the results of a small trial published in the October, 2000 issue of the journal Human Reproduction, the patient tried supplementing with DHEA in an effort to boost the number of eggs produced by her ovaries. The 42 year old woman increased the amount of extractable eggs from one per IVF cycle to 19 over the course of seven cycles. "We were kind of stunned,” said Dr Gleicher. more info at:

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