The Dehydroepiandrosterone test is a blood test which measures the levels of the endogenous steroid Dehydroepiandrosterone in the blood. Dehydroepiandrosterone is simply encoded by DHEA. This blood test is also conducted to evaluate the reasons that lead to the development of male characteristics in women.
What is Dehydroepiandrosterone?
The Dehydroepiandrosterone test is a test that is used to check the level of Dehydroepiandrosterone, which is produced mostly in the adrenal glands. This test is also used to evaluate overall adrenal health and is considered as an anti-aging hormone. In men, it is also secreted by testes. The DHEA functions as a precursor to the male and female sex hormone.
Why is Dehydroepiandrosterone suggested?
The Dehydroepiandrosterone test is suggested if a person is suspected with an extremely high or low level of DHEA. Its symptoms are as follows:
- Acne, deep voice, hirsutism, or excessive hair on face and body if high in females.
- Fatigue, headache, inability to gain muscle mass, excess weight, and low sex hormone secretion.
How is Dehydroepiandrosterone performed?
Dehydroepiandrosterone test is performed by:
- Taking blood samples and measuring the level of Dehydroepiandrosterone
- Sometimes saliva samples are also considered.
What parameters are measured in Dehydroepiandrosterone?
The parameter measured in the Dehydroepiandrosterone test is the level of Dehydroepiandrosterone.
Preparation before Dehydroepiandrosterone
No preparation is needed, however, the doctor may make certain recommendations.
Post-care after Dehydroepiandrosterone
The following post-care steps are required by a patient with abnormal Dehydroepiandrosterone:
- Take regular medications.
- Consult a
- Further treatments.
Sample types in Dehydroepiandrosterone
The following samples are required:
- Blood sample.
- Saliva sample.
Side effects/risks of Dehydroepiandrosterone
It is a decent test with no side effects. However, the following issues may come up:
- Taking a blood sample may be
- The patient may faint or feel