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Male hormone test buying guide

Understand the different types of male hormone blood tests and what they can tell you about your health.

Male hormone levels can be affected by ageing, chronic illness, or even lifestyle factors. If you’re someone who keeps an eye on your health, you may have considered a blood test. But choosing the right one can be confusing. 

So, we’ve made life easy by selecting our top choices for men looking to investigate their hormone levels. 

  1. Male Hormone Blood Test
  2. Free Testosterone Blood Test
  3. Advanced TRT Blood Test
  4. Ultimate Performance Blood Test
  5. Advanced Male Fertility Hormone Blood Test

Why buy a male hormone blood test?

Male hormones are responsible for regulating many of the body’s systems and play a key role in sexual function, mood, and fertility. Some male hormones naturally decrease as you age and can cause symptoms in some men. 

If you’re interested in finding out your hormone levels or have symptoms of low testosterone, a private blood test is a quick and easy way of finding out. Most of our blood tests are finger-prick samples, which you can post directly to the lab. Your results will be uploaded to your online dashboard with comments from our doctors.

What are the different types of male hormone blood tests?

The right test for you will depend on your reason for taking the test, whether that be a general check-up, hormones for fitness, or people taking testosterone replacement. 

1. Male Hormone Blood Test

If you’re looking for a comprehensive overview of your major male hormones, this is the test for you. It includes LH, FSH, oestradiol, prolactin, total testosterone, free testosterone, and DHEA-S levels. 

Why take this test?

  • Get a thorough breakdown of important male hormones.
  • Find out your free testosterone (FT) and total testosterone (TT) levels.
  • Investigate symptoms such as low libido, erectile dysfunction, and reduced muscle mass.

Have a look at our Male Hormone Blood Test.

2. Free Testosterone Blood Test

This test measures your total testosterone, albumin, and SHBG to give a calculation of the amount of free testosterone available for use by the cells. This gives more information than simply a total testosterone blood test. 

Why take this test?

  • Find out your free testosterone (FT) and total testosterone (TT) levels.
  • Investigate symptoms such as low libido, erectile dysfunction, and reduced muscle mass.
  • Collect your sample at home by choosing the finger-prick method (making this a quick and cost-effective test). 

Check out our Free Testosterone Blood Test

3. Advanced TRT (Testosterone Replacement Therapy) Blood Test

If you’re going through TRT treatment, monitoring your testosterone levels can help you to limit and manage unwanted side effects. You’ll stay on top of whether your testosterone levels fall outside of the normal range. 

Why take this test?

  • Find out if your testosterone levels are within range.
  • Check for signs of polycythaemia (a side effect of TRT).
  • See if your prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels are normal — TRT can cause a raised PSA in some individuals.

View our Advanced TRT (Testosterone Replacement Therapy) Blood Test.

4. Ultimate Performance Blood Test

If you’re a sports enthusiast and want to make sure your hormone levels are not impeding your performance, the Ultimate Performance Blood Test is an excellent choice. 

It’s also useful for men who take anabolic steroids or other performance-enhancing drugs as a way of monitoring any adverse effects. Though bear in mind, these sorts of drugs may cause other problems that a blood test cannot detect.

Why take this test?

  • Get a comprehensive health MOT including a full blood count, liver and kidney function, and risk of heart disease and diabetes.
  • Find out if your hormone levels — including cortisol, testosterone, and DHEA-S — may be hindering your progress. 
  • Monitor potential adverse effects of anabolic steroids or other performance-enhancing drugs. 

Take a look at our Ultimate Performance Blood Test

5. Advanced Male Fertility Hormone Blood Test

If the reason for checking your male hormones comes down to fertility, this test might be able to provide you with some answers. This check looks at FSH, LH, total testosterone, free testosterone, and prolactin levels. 

Why take this test?

  • Check a range of male hormones that may contribute to fertility problems.
  • Measure both free testosterone (FT) and total testosterone (TT) levels.
  • Investigate symptoms of reduced libido and sexual performance.

Check out our Advanced Male Fertility Hormone Blood Test

How to take your sample

All these tests can be taken as a simple finger-prick sample at home, except our Advanced TRT Blood Test and Ultimate Performance Blood Test which involve blood being taken from a vein. 

There are three simple steps to your at-home blood test:

  1. Collect sample: We send you our easy-to-use kit to collect your blood sample.
  2. Post sample: Post your sample to our lab in the prepaid envelope provided.
  3. View results: View results securely in your online dashboard.

Find out more about how our blood testing service works

When to check blood hormone levels

It’s best to do blood tests first thing in the morning as hormone levels can change as the day goes on. You will be provided with this information once you’ve ordered your test. 

Still unsure which test to choose?

If you’re still not sure which test is right for you, try our test finder or contact our friendly customer care team who are always more than happy to help.