What in the world has happened to fertility in the last 100 years?
In the 1900s, large families were not uncommon. Now fertility clinics are popping up everywhere to help parents have just one baby.
According to Susie Cohen, one key ingredient to infertility is being overlooked. That ingredient is DHEA or DeHydroEpiAndrosterone.
DHEA is the natural adrenal hormone, also considered the “fountain of youth” hormone, that peaks in our bodies during our mid twenties and proceeds to decline from there. It can be converted into testosterone and estrogen. If you have less of it, you’ll have less sex hormones. It’s important that DHEA levels are in balance with other adrenal hormones, like cortisol, which can contribute to belly fat at high levels.
Really consider ways to decrease your stress levels. Sometimes, having a baby can raise your cortisol levels and tank your DHEA levels. You know you’re stressed if you’re dealing with bad premenstrual syndrome, persistent fatigue, brain fog, mood swings, or uncontrolled cholesterol.
To determine if DHEA, and your response to it, is somehow part of your infertility problem, you’ll need to work with a practitioner. But generally, your response to fertility treatment and low levels of DHEA is dependent on personal genetic components. In other words, supplementation may be a good or bad thing, depending on your genetic makeup.
Again, it’s important to work with your doctor because you need to know what your testosterone levels are before trying over-the-counter supplements. Your doctor can handle and understand your hormones best. Definitely, think about minimizing your stress to minimize cortisol, and get enough sleep.
Managing DHEA in your system is not to be accomplished alone. Work with experts to consider the role that obesity, insulin levels, blood sugar levels, and thyroid hormones may be playing, in addition to your DHEA imbalances.
Read the full article here: How DHEA Optimizes Health and Improves Fertility