Dihydrotestosterone Blood Test, from our experts to you.
Dr Sam Rodgers MBBS, MRCGP

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What is

Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is an androgen, which is a hormone that stimulates the development of male characteristics through converting testosterone. The testes and prostate in men, and the ovaries in women, convert around 10% of daily testosterone to DHT. Many of the effects that testosterone has in the body only happen after it is converted to DHT.

What does
DHT do?

Dihydrotestosterone makes male primary sex characteristics during embryonic life in the womb. DHT is also responsible for developing most secondary sex characteristics in males at puberty and male sexual function throughout adulthood. Less is known about its importance in women, but it is known to cause much of the body and pubic hair growth after puberty.

What can elevated
DHT mean?

Elevated DHT levels may indicate hypogonadism (when the testes do not function properly) or hirsutism (excessive hair growth on a woman's face and body).

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Dihydrotestosterone Dihydrotestosterone is made from testosterone in several areas of the body (prostate, hair follicles, liver, brain, and parts of the testicles). It has a more powerful effect within the body than testosterone. Dihydrotestosterone is responsible for triggering the growth of facial hair, and higher levels are associated with male pattern baldness.

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