DHEA Dehydroepiandrosterone Sulfate (DHEA-S)
Also known as:
DHEA-SO4; DHEA Sulfate
Why Get Tested?
To determine the DHEAS level in the blood; to help evaluate adrenal gland function; to detect adrenal tumors or cancers; to help determine the cause of virilization in females or early puberty in boys
When to Get Tested?
When a woman has excess facial and body hair (hirsutism), acne, amenorrhea, or infertility; when a male child is undergoing very early (precocious) puberty or a female child is showing signs of virilization
A blood sample drawn from a vein in your arm
Test Preparation Needed?
None needed, although women should talk to their doctors about the timing of the test. The doctor may want to have the sample collected a week before or after your menstrual period.