Prasterone is a synthetic form of dehydroepiandrosterone, also referred as DHEA, with potential chemopreventive activity.
DHEA is a hormone naturally made in the body by the adrenal glands near the kidneys and by the liver. DHEA helps to make male and female hormones within the body. DHEA levels seem to go down as people get older. DHEA levels seem to be lower in people with depression, postmenopausal women and many other conditions.
Prasterone is used medically as the C3β esters prasterone enanthate and prasterone sulfate.
It is indicated for treatment of changes in and around the vagina due to menopause