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Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA)

Dehydroepiandrosterone, commonly known as DHEA, is a hormone produced by the adrenal glands, which are located just above the kidneys. DHEA is a precursor hormone, which means it is involved in the production of other hormones, including testosterone and estrogen. The levels of DHEA vary throughout a person’s life, generally peaking in early adulthood and gradually declining with age.


  • Test Name Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA)
  • Sample Type Blood
  • Preparations Required No specific preparation is required for this test.
  • Report Time 6 Hours

The DHEA blood test measures the amount of this hormone in the blood. It can be used to evaluate adrenal gland function and to diagnose adrenal tumors or conditions such as Addison's disease or adrenal hyperplasia. It can also be useful in understanding the causes of hormone imbalances, infertility, or in the evaluation of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) in women.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The DHEA test is done to evaluate the function of the adrenal glands, diagnose adrenal tumors or diseases, and to understand hormone imbalances. It can also be used in the evaluation of infertility and polycystic ovary syndrome.

A healthcare provider will take a blood sample from a vein in your arm. The blood sample is then sent to a laboratory, where it is analyzed for DHEA levels.

High levels of DHEA may indicate an adrenal tumor, adrenal hyperplasia, or PCOS. Low levels might suggest adrenal insufficiency or Addison’s disease. However, levels of DHEA can also vary for other reasons, so results should be interpreted in conjunction with other tests and clinical information.

Yes, high levels of DHEA in women can cause excessive hair growth, acne, and irregular periods. In men, it might lead to reduced libido and enlarged breasts. Low levels of DHEA can cause fatigue, joint pain, and depression.

DHEA levels peak in early adulthood and decline with age. Men generally have higher levels of DHEA than women.

Yes, certain medications, especially hormonal therapies, can affect DHEA levels. It's important to inform your healthcare provider of any medications you are taking.

Conditions such as polycystic ovary syndrome, adrenal tumors, Addison’s disease, and adrenal hyperplasia can affect DHEA levels.

The risks are minimal and are similar to those of a regular blood draw, including slight pain or bruising at the site of the needle insertion.

Yes, stress reduction, a balanced diet, and regular exercise can positively influence DHEA levels.

DHEA supplements are available, but should only be taken under the supervision of a healthcare provider, as inappropriate use can have side effects.

The normal range for DHEA levels varies by age and sex. Typically, levels are highest in the mid-20s and gradually decline with age. Your healthcare provider will help interpret what your specific results mean.

Yes, abnormal DHEA levels can affect fertility in both men and women. High levels in women can be associated with PCOS, a common cause of infertility.

If your DHEA levels are abnormal, you should consult your primary care physician who may then refer you to an endocrinologist.

Some individuals use DHEA supplements for anti-aging purposes, but the scientific evidence supporting this use is limited and long-term safety has not been established.

Some studies suggest a relationship between low DHEA levels and increased risk for cardiovascular disease, but more research is needed to establish this link.

The Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) test is a useful diagnostic tool for assessing adrenal function and understanding hormone imbalances. However, as DHEA levels can be influenced by a range of factors, including age, sex, and health conditions, it is important to consider the results in the context of a broader clinical evaluation. If you are experiencing symptoms that may be related to hormone imbalances, or if you have been diagnosed with a condition that affects the adrenal glands, consulting a healthcare provider and getting the appropriate tests, including the DHEA test, can be an important step in managing your health.

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