About this test
Why take a testosterone test? If you…
- have symptoms of abnormal levels and you want to check.
- are concerned that your levels are declining with age
- take supplements aimed at raising levels
Testosterone is a hormone that causes male characteristics. That means, for men, it regulates sex drive and controls bone mass, fat distribution, muscle mass, strength and the production of red blood cells and sperm. In addition, heavy alcohol consumption, liver disease and steroid use can all negatively affect testosteron levels.
In men, testosterone levels fall naturally after the age of 30 and for many men this decline is completely normal and causes no negative symptoms. For others, it can affect mood, motivation and libido as well as lead to a decrease in muscle mass.
This age-related decline in testosterone is often referred to as the manopause or andropause. However, young men can also experience low levels which can affect their libido, fertility and abilty to gain muscle in the gym.
Women also produce testosterone but in much smaller quantities. As expected, excessive testosterone in women can cause unwanted male characteristics such as facial hair. Elevated levels in women is commonly associated with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).
Checking your testosterone level is easy with a simple finger-prick blood test you can do at home. If you choose, for a small fee doctors will report on your result and advise you on what action you can take if your testosterone is abnormal.
Please ensure your sample is collected in the morning. If you are tracking your results over time then it is vital that you always have your blood taken at the same time.
Many testosterone tests will not measure levels above 1.6 ng/mL.
Our test will measure values up to 41385 ng/mL! This is especially useful for men who are taking testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) or anabolic steroids and who expect to have supranormal levels of the hormone.
Who is this test for?
This blood test is for men and women who want to determine their testosterone levels. It is also useful for men suffering from erectile problems, infertility or delayed puberty and for women who wish to investigate polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).