DHEAS (Dehydroepiandrosterone Sulphate)
DHEAS blood test (gold vacutainer) to measure DHEAS (Dehydroepiandrosterone Sulphate) as a means of assessing female hormones which can affect the menstrual cycle (irregular periods) and is important in finding the cause of fertility issues for those trying to conceive or help in the diagnosis of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).
Dehydroepiandrosterone sulphate (DHEAS) is an androgen primarily produced by the adrenal gland, with only small amounts produced by the ovaries in women and testes in men. DHEAS provides an assessment of adrenal function and is indicated in:
- Investigation of suspected androgen excess (clinical signs of hyperandrogenism / increased male sex hormones; presence of adrenal gland mass on scan; suspected Cushings Disease).
- Follow up of significantly raised testosterone levels in a woman (may be associated with evidence of rapid onset hirsutism or signs of virilisation and infrequent or absent periods / amenorrhoea).