DHEA side effects - irregular periods

iVillage Member
Registered: 02-12-2010
DHEA side effects - irregular periods
4
Sun, 11-06-2011 - 11:41am

I just got spotting this morning (CD19 with no sign of O). I started taking DHEA this cycle also as I heard it builds up the uterine lining. I also just got reading that it can cause irregular periods.... Not sure this is a period yet but I think I need to drop the DHEA, there's information that if you have uterine fibroids (you may not know if you have them) it can make the fibroids worse. Think I should stop taking DHEA. I honestly don't even know if my uturus needs building up. I could be doing damage. Plus it says DHEA can cause hair loss 8-z. Guess it is a good think I have forgotten to take it the last few days. Oy!

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-02-2007
Sun, 11-06-2011 - 12:07pm

My RE suggested taking DHEA (25mg 3x per day), he said there is some evidence that it helps with egg quality.

- Sandy (44) DS (natural) born just before my 41st birthday. TTC#2. Only issue: egg/embryo quality due to age. Clomid & multiple IUIs w/follistim &menopur = BFN. IVF#1 (Nov 2011) = 12 eggs, 9 mature & fertilized. Transferred 3 embryos (1-3BB, 2-3
iVillage Member
Registered: 02-12-2010
Sun, 11-06-2011 - 12:10pm

Yeah, we don't have insurance so I was doing it on my own. Everything else I am doing, except prenatals, is natural. DHEA is not considered natural, it is a hormone. The point I am making is for myself, I should not have started taking it BEFORE asking a doctor. So I am dropping it UNTIL I can see a doctor. Thanks for your imput. I knew it was something, I have read so much I honestly couldn't remember what it was used for exactly.

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-17-2011
Mon, 11-07-2011 - 11:47am
Dhea is for egg quality. I have been on it 4 months and it messed up my first cycle but then I was fine. I only take 25mg now. You are supposed to take 75 mg. I was on 50 the four months. Larginine really messed up my last cycle by making it earlier and longer - freaked me out cuz I am very regular.

Now, am just on prenatal, 25 dhea, aspirin and fish oil. This cycle seems to be going well, cd 15 and had ewcm yesterday but still not dark enough opk. Am hoping opk is pos tonight.
iVillage Member
Registered: 02-12-2010
Mon, 11-07-2011 - 12:07pm

Oh good luck with that I hope that you get a +, and then some BD fun ;)