It is considered standard practice to recommend that women attempting to conceive initiate supplementation with prenatal vitamins, containing essential vitamins. This kind of routine supplementation has, however, never before be considered to compensate for rapidly declining androgens (male hormones) with advancing female age. Declining androgens, especially declining testosterone, however, have been closely associated with declining ovarian function, as ovaries with too low levels of testosterone in their microenvironments slow down follicle maturation and produce oocytes of inferior quality. One study in addition demonstrated a highly significant beneficial effect of DHEA supplementation on miscarriage rates in women above age 35, with the effect increasing in size with advancing age (Gleicher et al., Reprod Biol Endocrinol 2009;7:108). Supplementation with DHEA in all women above age 35 who are planning on conceiving, even if they do not suffer from infertility, therefore, may improve spontaneous fertility and reduce miscarriage risks.
Fertility Nutraceuticals, LLC’s Prenatal Vitamins with Fertility DHEA, therefore, is not a product for women already diagnosed with infertility. Such patients, if appropriately qualified by their fertility specialist, should be supplemented in routine dosages with FERTINATAL®DHEA. Prenatal Vitamins with Fertility DHEA are meant for presumed normally fertile women above age 35 who are trying to conceive on their own or with help of minimal interventions by their general gynecologist. Moreover, once diagnosed with pregnancy, the product should be discontinued and replaced with a regular prenatal vitamins without DHEA.