Also Known As
Dehydroepiandrosterone Sulfate, DHEA, DHEA Blood Test, DHEA-S, DHEA-SO4
The Purpose of a DHEA Test
This test helps evaluate the function of the adrenal glands, which are located on top of each kidney. The adrenals produce hormones such as DHEA to help regulate metabolism, immune system activity, blood pressure, and other essential functions in the body. Men and women also produce DHEA in the testes and ovaries, respectively. The DHEA-S test can detect adrenal tumors or cancers, explore the possibility of sex organ disorders, and help determine the cause of more masculine physical traits in women, such as a deeper voice and excessive amounts of hair on the body or face.
High levels of DHEA-S may indicate congenital adrenal hyperplasia, adrenal cancer, or Cushing syndrome. Low levels of DHEA-S could point to Addison’s disease or adrenal hypoplasia; aging can also be a factor. However, further hormone testing is required to diagnose the cause of a hormone imbalance.
What Does the DHEA-S Blood Test Measure?
Use this test to learn how much DHEA your body produces.
Who Should Take a DHEA Sulfate Test?
Women may want to take a DHEA blood test if they have physical traits traditionally associated with men. In addition to the deeper voice and too much facial and body hair (a.k.a. hirsutism), these signs can include acne, the absence of menstruation, or infertility. DHEA testing may also be advised if women suffer symptoms associated with low levels, including dizziness, nausea/vomiting, a craving for salt, and weight loss.
DHEA Lab Test Preparation
No special preparation is required before taking a DHEA-S blood test.
DHEA Test Results
Normal result ranges are determined by age and gender. We can help you review your results—simply book a telehealth visit with one of our board-certified physicians, and they can answer any questions and make recommendations for the next steps.
Where Can I Get a DHEA-S Test Near Me?
Personalabs is affiliated with Labcorp and Quest Diagnostics, two of the nation’s top lab companies. This gives you access to high-quality testing at more than 4,000 locations across the United States.
Here’s how simple it is to get DHEA testing with Personalabs:
Step 1: Buy your DHEA sulfate test at our online shop and download the lab order. (A doctor’s approval may not be necessary, which depends on the state where you live.)
Step 2: Use our location tool to find the lab near you. Set up an appointment for your blood test or see if the lab accepts walk-in visits.
Step 3: Bring the DHEA lab test order with you when you get your blood drawn.
Step 4: Test results should arrive in your secure, confidential Personalabs account within 2 to 10 business days. But if you need them sooner, contact us and we will work with the lab to meet your deadline.
You need accurate data to make informed choices and take control of your health. Get the results you need to optimize your healthcare at Personalabs.