I also face the same problem, high DHEA-S level(514).
It all started when i had slight hair growth on my upper lip and chin, when i was 19, and had Dysfunctioned Uterine Bleeding (DUB), thankfully no PCOS!
Consulted a gynaec first,all reports were normal.
She suggested me to go endocrinologist. With all reports in place, and thyroid levels also in normal limits, all what that popped out was high level of DHEA-S.
Extended symptoms included:
- hair around the ****
- periods getting delayed
- heavy bleeding
- facial hair
All else was normal.
Initially, she recommended me to have DIANE-35 , for almost a year.
In the meanwhile, while these periods related hormones are in check, she suggested to get the facial hair LASER-ed ( or "lased" as in medical terms)....OMG, the 1st cycle of my periods after having that was so damn painful....
then all was okay and i was almost around 23 yrs old, when again the same symptoms started.
The same circus was repeated, and when I was 25... I went for a final time to my Endo, asking whether this has to go on and on? and till when????
Luckily, she was a kind old lady, she refused for me to continue the drugs, as
- Its not good to play around with the hormones for a long time, with already two instances in hand....
- talks were going around for my marriage ( which also is a big deal out here, in India)
- She suggested me to continue with the LASER sessions, as and when the need be
- and the fun part was, I was concerned about the facial hair and being presentable while in office or out with my In laws.. her reply was- "BAH! what the hell...Like everyone is perfect!!!"
This was a big booster for me..as for a girl -her face is the key and having facial hair was something that used to make me conscious about even having a conversation.
Im so lucky that i have found a way to not bother about it, by LASING the unwanted hair...
My Gynaec only told me this- " once you have kids, its all going to be okay!, all hormones will be in normal range".
Today I say i'm 27 yrs old, with the same DHEA-S level (<500), still at times, I do get my periods late, facial hair is almost gone due to Laser, and I'm lucky to have a understanding life partner.
The thing that used to scare me is, will my husband accept me the way I am, but its okay, not everyone is perfect...
All in all, gals its fine- Just dont bother too much about it, especially, when nothing is in your hands and you are at the receiving end....
I have learned how to live with it..its all a matter of time.
Till I add more to this,