If you suspect that you have low testosterone, you will need to get a testosterone test from your physician. Understandably, you probably have questions and hesitations about this process, but rest assured, it is a simple procedure. It is also something that we do on a daily basis at Men’s Vitality Center in Glendale, so you can feel at ease, knowing that we fully understand what we are doing. If you have any specific questions, feel free to contact us. In the meantime, here is a basic rundown of what you can expect from testosterone tests.
What is a Testosterone Test?
A testosterone test is a blood test that measures how much testosterone, the male hormone, is present in the body. While both men and women produce testosterone, as a men’s health clinic, we are primarily concerned about testing testosterone levels in men who are experiencing symptoms of low testosterone. Some symptoms of low testosterone include low sex drive, fatigue, decreased muscle mass, increased belly fat, mood swings, and hair loss. Testosterone is bound to sex-hormone-binding globulin (SHBG). There is also a test that measures the “free” (meaning unbound) testosterone in the blood. However, the test is more accurate when it measures the SHBG-bound testosterone.
Why Test Testosterone?
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of low testosterone listed above, you may feel hopeless about fixing them. However, you have options. If you test your testosterone levels and find that you have low testosterone, you may benefit from testosterone replacement therapy. Many men who experience these symptoms go on to be completely recovered with the help of treatment. If you want to learn more about testosterone replacement therapy, contact us.
How the Test is Performed
In order to perform a testosterone test, also know as a serum testosterone test, your doctor must take a blood sample. In general, it is best to perform this test between the hours of 7 a.m. and 10 a.m., when testosterone levels are highest. First, a phlebotomist will clean the area from which they will draw the blood. In general, this will either be the back of your hand or straight from the vein. In order to make the blood flow to the chosen area, they will tie an elastic band around your upper arm. They will then insert a sterile needle into the chosen vein in order to draw blood into a tube to be tested. After they have collected enough blood, they will remove the needle and the band. They will then apply pressure with a cotton swab to stop the bleeding, and then bandage it. The doctor will then send the blood for testing, and you should get your results in about a week. In a man with normal testosterone levels, the results will be between 300 to 1,000 ng/dL. If your testosterone levels are outside of the normal range, your doctor will perform a second test to make sure that your results are accurate. If you do have low testosterone, Men’s Vitality Center in Glendale can help. We offer testosterone replacement therapy for men who suffer from low testosterone. Contact Men’s Vitality Center in Glendale today to learn more about testosterone tests, as well as testosterone replacement therapy.