DHEAS-Dehydroepiandrosterone Sulphate test

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This test is done to check the function of the 2 adrenal glands. One of these glands sits above each kidney. They are one of the major sources of androgens in women. Although DHEA-sulfate is the most abundant hormone in the body, its exact function is still not known. In men, the male hormone effect may not be important if testosterone levels are normal. In women, DHEA contributes to normal libido and sexual satisfaction. DHEA may also have effects on the immune system. The DHEA-sulfate test is often done in women who show signs of having excess male hormones. Some of these signs are male body changes, excess hair growth, irregular periods, and problems becoming pregnant. It may also be done in women who are concerned about low libido or decreased sexual satisfaction. The test is also done in children who are maturing too early (precocious puberty).

Symptoms are:   A deeper voice

Excess facial or body hair (hirsutism)

Male pattern baldness

Muscularity

Acne

Enlargement of the Adam's apple

Decreased breast size

It may be measured when a woman presents with signs and symptoms such as amenorrhea, infertility, and/or those related to virilization. These changes vary in severity and may include: 

A deeper voice

Excess facial or body hair (hirsutism)

Male pattern baldness

Muscularity

Acne

Enlargement of the Adam's apple

Decreased breast size

It may also be ordered when a young girl shows signs of virilization or when a female infant has external genitalia that are not distinctly male or female in appearance (ambiguous genitalia). 

DHEAS may also be measured when young boys show signs of precocious puberty, the development of a deeper voice, pubic hair, muscularity, and an enlarged penis well before the age of normal puberty. 

There are currently no established guidelines for dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEA-S) replacement/supplementation therapy or its biochemical monitoring. In most settings, the value of DHEA-S therapy is doubtful. However, if DHEA-S therapy is used, then it seems prudent to avoid over-treatment, with its associated hyperandrogenic effects. These are particularly likely to occur in postmenopausal females if DHEA-S levels approach or exceed the upper reference range. Most supplements contain dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), but the in vivo conversion to DHEA-S allows monitoring of either DHEA or DHEA-S.

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is a method of administering hormones that are structurally identical to those produced by the human body. Treatment with DHEA, which is also bioidentical, is an integral component of any comprehensive hormone restoration regimen. On the other hand, some forms of conventional hormone replacement therapy utilize hormones that are not identical to those produced by humans and are either derived from animals or synthesized. Evidence suggests that bioidentical hormone replacement therapy may be safer and associated with greater patient satisfaction than conventional hormone replacement therapy. Life Extension's Male Hormone Restoration and Female Hormone Restoration protocols provide a thorough overview of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy and should be referred to in conjunction with this protocol. 

Test Method 1 : The health professional taking a sample of blood will: 

Wrap an elastic band around your upper arm to stop the flow of blood. This makes the veins below the band larger so it is easier to put a needle into the vein. 

Clean the needle site with alcohol. 

Put the needle into the vein. More than one needle stick may be needed. 

Attach a tube to the needle to fill it with blood. 

Remove the band from your arm when enough blood is collected. 

Put a gauze pad or cotton ball over the needle site as the needle is removed. 

Put pressure on the site and then put on a bandage. 

Report available : Turn around time is 24 hours. 

A person have the following Symptoms should get this done:     A deeper voice

Excess facial or body hair (hirsutism)

Male pattern baldness

Muscularity

Acne

Enlargement of the Adam's apple

Decreased breast size

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