A DHT (dihydrotestosterone) test measures the levels of DHT in the blood. DHT is a hormone that is responsible for male characteristics such as body hair growth, muscle development, and a deeper voice. In both men and women, DHT is also involved in the development and growth of the prostate gland.
A DHT test may be ordered if you have symptoms of a hormone imbalance or if you are experiencing hair loss. In men, high levels of DHT have been associated with an increased risk of developing prostate cancer, while low levels of DHT have been associated with sexual dysfunction and a decreased sex drive. In women, high levels of DHT have been associated with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), which can cause irregular periods, acne, and hair growth in places such as the chin, upper lip, and chest.
Overall, a DHT test may be helpful in diagnosing and monitoring hormonal imbalances and conditions related to DHT levels in both men and women. However, it is important to discuss the potential benefits and limitations of this test with your healthcare provider before getting it done.