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High DHEA Levels in Females — The Effects of Too Much DHEA in Your Body

DHEA is an interesting, poorly understood hormone, which is why information on the symptoms of high DHEA levels in females (or the effects of adding DHEA to, or subtracting DHEA from, your body) is hard to find.

about high DHEA Levels in Females — Unhappy Woman In Conversation With Doctor

We have a few general ideas about how high levels of DHEA are correlated with certain diseases or disorders, and we also have some ideas about how low DHEA levels may result in a variety of symptoms, but again, none of this is particularly clear or certain at this point in time.

The science just isn’t there yet on this hormone.

That being said, it’s not like we don’t know anything about DHEA. Here’s a bit about what we know:

High DHEA Levels in Females — Symptoms and Associations

Because DHEA is a male hormone, many of the symptoms of high levels of DHEA look very similar to high levels of testosterone in females. But there’s more to it than that. DHEA is a sort of precursor hormone, a hormone that’s often converted in your body into other hormones.

This may be one reason that high DHEA levels can be so debilitating and have some of the same symptoms as high levels of testosterone or estrogen—because the conversion process is adding both of those hormones into your body.

So what do those symptoms look like? Some of the symptoms of high DHEA levels include the following:

  • Hirsutism (excess hair growth and male hair growth patterns)
  • Hair loss
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Irritability
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Acne and/or oily skin

But, truly, this is just the tip of the iceberg. High DHEA levels can be a very serious indicator of deeper, more profound problems:

So, What Does All This Mean?

One theme that ties together much of what we write is this: hormones require balance, hormones are integral to healthy functioning of your body, and when hormones become imbalanced, your body can react severely.

Whether we’re talking about the more-well-known hormones, like testosterone and estrogen, or some of the lesser-known hormones, like DHEA or progesterone, the theme remains sound; if your hormone levels are too high or too low for your body, you’re likely going to experience symptoms, and you would likely improve from getting those hormones back into balance.

In some cases, this can be done by treating the cause of the hormone imbalance. In other cases, there is no cure, and hormones need to be introduced from outside the body through hormone replacement therapy in order to bring hormone levels back to normal.

If you haven’t already, consider setting up a free consultation with one of our hormone therapy providers. We’ll discuss your symptoms and your options in a safe, supportive environment and talk about what, if anything, can or should be done next.

I look forward to hearing from you.

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Augie Galindo, PA-C



(Augie) Juan Augustine Galindo Jr. MPAS, PA-C

(Augie) Juan Augustine Galindo Jr. MPAS, PA-C started his career in healthcare as a fireman/paramedic in West Texas where he served on the Midland Fire Department from 1998-2004.   He became interested in testosterone treatment after seeing how hormone replacement doctors helped those suffering from low testosterone.   After graduating from the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center Physician Assistant Program, he moved to DFW where he currently lives with his wife and three children.

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