Synonyms: DHEA-S; DHEA-SO4; DHEA Sulfate

NOTICE: This is a component of the Anti-Aging Panel which may be more appealing than ordering this test alone.

Why It Is Done

* Used to evaluate the function of the adrenal glands. * Work up women with infertility, amenorrhea, or hirsutism, to identify the source of excessive androgen. * Aid in the evaluation of androgen

Test Overview

This test is used to evaluate the function of the adrenal glands. DHEA-sulfate is a weak androgen (male hormone) that is produced by the adrenal cortex in both men and women. The adrenal gland in one of the major sources of androgens in women (the other being the ovaries which produce testosterone).

DHEA-S is measured in women exhibiting symptoms of virilism (male body characteristics) or hirsutism (excessive hair growth). It is also in children with precocious puberty.

DHEA is converted by the liver into DHEA-s (dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate). DHEA and its sulfate (DHEAS) are abundant in the body, but their normal roles are not fully understood.

How To Prepare

No special preparation is necessary.