A hormone produced by the human body in response to prolonged stress or extreme stimulation. It is a steroid, and the body produces less DHEA as it ages.

Some lubricants and health supplements contain dehydroepiandrosterone to improve sexual function. The steroid may improve the chances of conception, and limited research suggests that DHEA could be a treatment option for erectile dysfunction and some menopausal symptoms.

Pregnant women should avoid lubricants with DHEA. It may also endanger people with hormonal issues, liver diseases, diabetes, or ovarian cysts, so talk with your doctor before using products with DHEA if you have any ongoing medical condition.

Potential side effects include high blood pressure and depression. However, side effect severity and likelihood vary greatly.