DHEA

I am over 40 and my AMH was 1.98 a couple of years ago . I have had 2 natural pregnancies both of which ended in miscarriage the last one being earlier on this year. I have recently read about DHEA and its possibilities of improving egg quality. I have previously been told that IVF is pretty pointless in my circumstance and that I have as much chance of conceiving naturally as I do with IVF, which is petty low. From what I have read on your website about DHEA it seems that this is now offered as an alternative route to donor eggs to women in my situation. In my case is it something worth thinking about or pursuing ? Also are there any indications of it helping women to conceive naturally ?

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You are right that it is not likely that IVF could increase your chances of a successful pregnancy.  It is possible that DHEA could increase egg or embryo quality and would reduce the risk of miscarriage.  Although recurrent miscarriage investigations are recommended after 3 occasions it might be worthwhile completing these now to avoid another preventable miscarriage.  If you wish to take DHEA you should do this under the advice of a doctor.