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Friday, October 23rd 2009, 12:46pm

DHEA - Any Advice?

Hi

I may need to have IVF in the next few months and my consultant has told me about a supplement called DHEA which he believes may have a beneficial effect on the IVF cycle. The problem is, its not licensed in the UK and so you can only get it in the US or via the internet. The clinic wont advise on how to get it due to the fact that it isnt licensed and I can see that you can get it on the internet - but am a bit nervous about ordering supplements from the internet that I know very little about in terms of the supplier or the product. Therefore I wondered if anyone had had any experience of using DHEA or knew a reputable supplier / product?

Thanks for any help anyone can give!

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Friday, October 23rd 2009, 1:10pm

Hi Vicky,

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Sorry I have no personal experience on DHEA but there's a good thread on it here: DHEA which will give you more info - looks like there are a few ladies on the site that have taken it, so I'm sure someone will be along to help you soon.

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Friday, October 23rd 2009, 1:14pm

Thanks loads Moonshine this is really helpful!

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Saturday, October 24th 2009, 8:23pm

RE: DHEA - Any Advice?

Hi Vicky,

The role of DHEA in enhancing fertility is still conjectural as far as I can discover. I am not sure therefore why your consultant is recommending that you take this. Especially so as it is not licenced for use in this country, as you say.

Licenced drugs are often used off-licence for other conditions that they have not been tested for, and can therefore often be prescibed via a private prescription, with you bearing any risks involved. But I don't see that any registered physician in this country could do this with DHEA, as it is not even usable as a food supplement.

There have been some trials of DHEA in this country (well at least in Wales) last year, but I do not know the outcome of these nor how the DHEA was provided. You could try to track down something about this, I do not have the details. I feel also that you need to talk again to the Unit about whether they consider it safe for you to be using a non-licenced drug during their treatment of you, and whether they have any knowledge of a safe source to use. I do not have any suggestions as to where you should go to obtain this nor what the risks are of buying this over the internet.

That is about as much as I can say about your conundrum.

Kind regards,

Paul
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Wednesday, October 28th 2009, 2:51pm

Thanks Paul, this certainly gives me some more food for thought and its good to get a rounded view! Best wishes.

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