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What are the symptoms of high dehydroepiandrosterone-sulfate (DHEA-S) levels in women?

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In women, this can cause symptoms like:

Too much DHEA may not be as noticeable in men. High levels of DHEA-S in children can cause boys and girls to get pubic or underarm hair early.

  • No menstrual periods
  • A lot of body and facial hair
  • Lots of acne
  • Hair loss
  • Fertility problems
  • Other traits usually found in men, including a deep voice, lack of breasts, male pattern baldness, and a large Adam's apple
  • More muscle

From: What Is a DHEA Test? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "DHEA."

American Association for Clinical Chemistry: "DHEAS."

University of Rochester: "Dehydroepiandrosterone and Dehydroepiandrosterone Sulfate."

American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists: "Medical Guidelines for Clinical Practice for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Hyperandrogenic Disorders."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 30, 2018

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "DHEA."

American Association for Clinical Chemistry: "DHEAS."

University of Rochester: "Dehydroepiandrosterone and Dehydroepiandrosterone Sulfate."

American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists: "Medical Guidelines for Clinical Practice for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Hyperandrogenic Disorders."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 30, 2018

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