The physicians have found out that taking this pill boosts the chances of pregnancy by 300%. The reason behind it is that these pills contain a hormone called DHEA.
In the study, the scientists focused on two groups of women. The first group comprised women, who went in for the conventional treatment for poor ovulation, whereas the second group of women went in for the same treatment and also took the DHEA supplement.
This hormone is produced in the brain, testes and the ovaries. The maximum levels of the hormone are present in the people when they are in their 20s and then they reduce by the 30s.
They were surprised to see the results of their study. The study was headed by Adrian Shulman of Tel Aviv University.
Shulman disclosed to the Daily Express that they thought that the decreased levels of this hormone have a connection with the conception problems of older women, when using the IVF technique.
He added that they had not thought that this hormone would result in a considerable increase in the chances of pregnancy.*
The Center for Human Reproduction have been conducting considerable research on pregnancy in older women and the aging ovary who have had a harder time trying to get pregnant. Those women with diminished ovarian reserve (DOR) or ovarian impairment due to advanced age or premature ovarian aging (POA), DHEA supplementation has proved promising results.
Effects of DHEA in Women with DOR
- Increases egg and embryo counts and quality
- Increases chromosomally normal embryos available
- Speeds up time to pregnancy in fertility treatment
- Increases spontaneously conceived pregnancies
- Improves IVF pregnancy rates
- Decreases spontaneous miscarriage rates
- Likely reduces chromosomal abnormalities in embryos
Overall, DHEA supplementation makes women feel much better.
Positive Ant-Aging Side Effects of DHEA
- Improved overall feeling
- Physically stronger
- Improved sex drive
- Mentally sharper
- Better memory
Further observation has also noted a surprisingly low miscarriage rate in DHEA pregnancies. Since miscarriages, especially in older women, are mostly due to chromosomal abnormalities, this observation, too, suggested the possibility that DHEA may reduce chromosomal abnormalities.
The Center for Human Reproduction data has not only confirmed the high pregnancy rate in very unfavorable patients with diminished ovarian reserve, but demonstrated an identical reduction in miscarriage rate if supplementing with DHEA. The percentage of miscarriages of women over 35 is 50% more than under the same age, but DHEA hormone reduces that risk.
Since older women represent in the USA the most rapidly growing age group of women having babies, these findings provide good news and hope. DHEA may become an anti-aging supplement to be given, like prenatal vitamins, to all older women contemplating pregnancy.