We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.

Advertiser Disclosure

Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

How We Make Money

We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently from our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What Are the Different Types of DHEA Treatments?

By H. Lo
Updated May 17, 2024
Our promise to you
WiseGeek is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At WiseGeek, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is a natural hormone secreted by the adrenal glands in the human body. As people age, their DHEA levels decrease, or for others, DHEA levels might become low due to certain medical conditions. As such, DHEA supplements are manufactured to increase these levels, and to prevent or treat a variety of medical conditions. Different types of DHEA treatments include taking these supplements by capsule or injection, as well as by tablet or in a topical form. There are many claims that exist about the benefits and effectiveness of DHEA treatments on certain medical conditions but in general, there needs to be more evidence to draw more conclusive answers.

DHEA itself is known as a hormone precursor. That is, the adrenal glands produce DHEA but the body converts it into another hormone called androstenedione which, in turn, becomes androgen or estrogen. DHEA supplements, on the other hand, are made from soy and wild yams and can act as DHEA replacement if necessary. Contrary to some advertisements, soy and wild yams do not contain natural DHEA, and a person cannot increase his or her DHEA levels by simply eating soy or wild yam products. This is because the body is unable to create DHEA out of the chemicals that are normally used to make the supplements.

There are a variety of medical conditions that might benefit from DHEA supplements. For example, some evidence suggests that DHEA treatments might help with erectile dysfunction, schizophrenia and systemic lupus. In addition, DHEA treatments are also linked to the treatment of Addison’s disease, adrenal insufficiency and depression. Also, metabolic syndrome, osteoporosis and weight loss are other conditions that might benefit from DHEA treatments as well. The type of DHEA treatment a person receives depends on his or her own specific condition.

In general, DHEA supplements are potentially safe to take when used for a short-term period only. This is because long-term use of the hormone can increase a person’s side effects of the medication, which include acne, fatigue and high blood pressure. Men and women might experience differing side effects. For example, men might experience breast enlargement or increased aggressiveness while women might develop a deeper voice or growth of facial hair. Also, since DHEA increases a person’s hormone levels, it might also increase a person’s risk of developing certain types of cancer that are sensitive to hormones, like breast cancer or prostate cancer.

WiseGeek is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.

Discussion Comments

WiseGeek, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

WiseGeek, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.