5a- Dihydrotestosterone

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Overview Brief
The 5a- Dihydrotestosterone is done to check the dihydrotestosterone levels in one’s body as it is responsible for secondary sexual characters in males.

What is 5a- Dihydrotestosterone?

The dihydrotestosterone is an androgenic hormone found in hair follicles, adrenal gland, and prostate gland. The 5a- Dihydrotestosterone is done to check its levels in one’s body.

An increased level of dihydrotestosterone in women can result in the growth of facial hair, acne, and changes in their genital organ. The 5a- Dihydrotestosterone can thus, help diagnose idiopathic hirsutism and polycystic ovarian syndrome in women.

The 5a- Dihydrotestosterone is also recommended to men who have early hair loss and prostate related issues.

Why is 5a- Dihydrotestosterone suggested?

The 5a- Dihydrotestosterone is done for the following reasons:

  • To check the reasons for one’s baldness.
  • To detect prostate cancer.
  • To check for early/late puberty in boys.
  • To check for Hirsutism and virilization in women.
  • To diagnose infertility in men.

·        To check for erectile dysfunction in men.

How is 5a- Dihydrotestosterone performed?

The 5a- Dihydrotestosterone is performed as follows:

  • A sample of blood is drawn from the patient’s arm.
  • It is then converted to serum and tested.

For athletes involved with doping, the 5a- Dihydrotestosterone is done with a urine sample.

What are the parameters measured in 5a- Dihydrotestosterone?

Following are the ideal values in a 5a- Dihydrotestosterone test:

  • For men: 112-955 pg/ml
  • For women: <300 pg/ml [2]

Preparation for 5a- Dihydrotestosterone

No specific preparation is required by the patient before their 5a- Dihydrotestosterone.

Post-care after 5a- Dihydrotestosterone

One can continue their normal activities after the 5a- Dihydrotestosterone.

Sample types in 5a- Dihydrotestosterone

The blood sample of the patient is taken in a 5a- Dihydrotestosterone. A urine sample is taken if a male athlete is getting checked for doping.

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Side effects/risks of 5a- Dihydrotestosterone

Since the 5a- Dihydrotestosterone involves drawing blood, the risks are:

  • Excessive bleeding
  • Hematoma
  • Fainting

·        Light-headedness

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