DHEA is a male hormone that is present in both men and women.

DHEA is made by the adrenal glands and by the liver.

Testing for DHEA usually is prompted by abnormalities of physical, sexual development. Those are very complex apparent conditions. The medical specialists – endocrinologists, arrange for those tests.

In our settings, DHEA is measured to check on adrenal function. 

DHEA levels seem to decrease as people get older. DHEA levels seem to be lower in people with depression and after menopause.

People commonly use prescription DHEA for vaginal tissue thinning. DHEA supplements are used for aging skin, depression, infertility, diminishing muscle strength, heart disease, erectile dysfunction (ED), and many other conditions. Despite the common use of DHEA supplements for the above conditions, there is insufficient scientific evidence to support many of these other uses.

If your health professional decides to recommend DHEA supplementation for you, doing the test is a good starting point.

Low levels of DHEA are often associated with the ageing process. Severely reduced levels of DHEA may indicate adrenal insufficiency, adrenal dysfunction, Addison’s disease. Some medications, particularly corticosteroids or oestrogen supplements, may reduce the level of DHEAS in the blood.

High levels of DHEA is not diagnostic of a specific condition; it usually indicates the need for further testing to identify the cause of the hormone imbalance more precisely.

DHEA-S is a part of Adrenocortex and other hormone test panels.

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