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I Want to Try DHEA—But What Are the Side Effects?

If you’re looking to add a natural supplement to your fertility drug arsenal, you may be considering DHEA. But what kind of side effects should you expect?

DHEA, or dehydroepiandrosterone, is a naturally-occurring female hormone, but just because it’s natural, doesn’t mean it’s without side effects.

Before you understand the side effects, let's review the role of DHEA in your body's hormone production and reproductive system. DHEA is a hormone (produced by the adrenal gland) which aids in the production of androgens Androgens are believed to be necessary for healthy egg development. The side effects are primarily related to the androgenic properties or male hormone excess. We break them down below.

Negative Effects of DHEA:

  • Oily skin
  • Acne
  • Hair loss
  • Upset stomach

But, it’s not all negative—there are some positive effects of DHEA supplementation too!

  • Improved overall feeling
  • Greater energy levels
  • Increased sex drive

The side effects may sound intimidating, but the benefits of DHEA for egg quality may outweigh the risks. Wondering if DHEA is right for you? Check with your fertility doctor.

Looking for a fertility doctor in your area? Contact one of our Patient Care Advocates, who can help answer your questions and match you with the fertility doctor best suited to treat your needs! Give us a call at 855-955-BABY(2229)!

Want to learn more about egg quality? Watch as Dr. David Keefe, a New York fertility doctor with NYU Fertility Center in Manhattan, explains how IVF and resulting embryo quality provide good indicators of egg quality.

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