Enhanced Testosterone Test
Enhanced Testosterone Test
Our enhanced testosterone test checks your levels of:
- Total Testosterone
- Free Testosterone
- Free T4
- Full Blood Count including Haemoglobin & Haematocrit
- Lipids including Cholesterol, HDL, LDL, Triglycerides
Testosterone is a hormone that causes male characteristics. For men, it regulates sex drive and controls bone mass, fat distribution, muscle mass, strength and the production of red blood cells and sperm.
About this test
Total testosterone is an indicator of the total amount of testosterone in the blood. If low it can cause symptoms of testosterone deficiency such as low libido, reduced muscle mass and strength, and low mood.
Free testosterone is a calculated value that indicates the amount of testosterone free to be used by the cells in the body. In some cases total testosterone can be normal whilst free testosterone is low. In these cases a man with low free testosterone will experience the same symptoms as someone with low total testosterone.
This is normally because there are higher levels of hormones such as SHBG (sex binding hormone globulin) which binds to testosterone preventing it from being used by the body.
Oestradiol is a predominantly female hormone found in smaller amounts in men. If high it can lead to similar symptoms to low testosterone.
This test includes the additional values of LH and FSH which are important for understanding the origin of low testosterone symptoms.
Prolactin is included to help rule out certain medical issues which present with low testosterone.
Increased albumin can also lead to lower free testosterone levels in the blood.
If thyroid hormones (such as free T4 and TSH) are abnormal this can indicate a thyroid issue that may lead to changes in other hormone levels or explain similar symptoms.
Testosterone Test – Home Finger-Prick or Venous Blood Test Kit
Our blood test includes a free finger-prick sample collection kit which you can take in the comfort of your home.
Alternatively, if you would prefer to have your blood sample taken in a local clinic, for a small additional fee we can arrange for you to visit a clinic and have your blood sample taken by a nurse.
How the Testosterone Test works:
- Collect Sample – We send you an easy-to-use kit to collect your blood sample.
- Post Sample – Post your sample to our lab in the prepaid envelope provided.
- Receive Results – We will securely send you your results and discuss the medical analysis of your results with you.
Please note that we require two sets of blood test results to refer to our doctor, we can use results from a different source. This is to comply with BSSM UK guidelines on management of Testosterone deficiency.
If you are unsure whether you should take a blood test yet, have you tried completing our ADAM Questionnaire for detecting low testosterone? Take the ADAM Questionnaire here