DHEA or DHEA-S Test
DHEA or DHEA-S Test

DHEA or DHEA-S Test

£37.99

This home blood test measures the levels of DHEA sulfate (DHEAS) in your blood. DHEAS stands for dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate. DHEAS is a male sex hormone.

DHEAS plays an important role in making the male sex hormone testosterone and the female sex hormone estrogen. It’s also involved in the development of male sexual characteristics.

 

Dehydroepiandrosterone and Dehydroepiandrosterone Sulfate tests

You may need this test if you have symptoms of either high or low levels of DHEA-S. Men may not have any symptoms of high levels of DHEA-S. Signs and symptoms in women include:

  • Acne
  • Deep voice
  • A lot of hair growth on the face and body (hirsutism)
  • Female pattern baldness
  • Increased muscle mass
  • Missed periods
  • Sterility

High levels of DHEA-S in boys can cause early puberty. In girls it can cause enlargement of the external genitals and abnormal periods.

Low levels of DHEA-S may be linked to these conditions:

  • Diabetes
  • Osteoporosis
  • Dementia
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Thinning and dryness of the vaginal tissues (vaginal atrophy)
  • Reduced interest in sex