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Male Hormone Blood Test

Male Hormone Blood Test


Our Male Hormone Blood Test measures the levels of male hormones and adrenal hormones in your blood which regulate sex drive, mood, muscle mass and energy.
Blood sample 10 biomarkers included Results estimated in 2 working days from sample receipt at lab
Male Hormone Blood Test
Male Hormone Blood Test
Male Hormone Blood Test
Male Hormone Blood Test
Male Hormone Blood Test

Is it for you?

The Male Hormone Blood Test can tell you whether a hormonal change could be causing your symptoms (such as low sex drive, mood changes, loss of muscle mass and lack of energy). This test can also uncover whether a change in hormones could be affecting your fertility. This test can allow you to track your hormone levels and understand how they change over time or in response to dietary and exercise changes. Tracking your hormone levels over time can also tell you whether your hormone levels are decreasing with age. If you are taking testosterone replacement therapy (TRT), this test can tell you whether your hormone levels remain in the normal range.

What's included?

Biomarker profiles

  • Hormones
  • Proteins
  • Adrenal Hormones

Hormones (7 Biomarkers)

Hormones are chemical messengers which travel in your blood and control the way your body works. Hormones control many body functions, from growth and metabolism to reproduction and your sleep cycle.
LH is a hormone produced by the pituitary gland in the brain. It plays an essential role in male and female fertility. In women, levels of LH peak before ovulation.
Oestradiol is the primary female sex hormone, but it is also an essential hormone for men. It is a type of hormone called an oestrogen that supports a healthy reproductive system and healthy breast tissue and bones.
Testosterone is a hormone important for both men and women that regulates sex drive (libido), muscle mass, fertility, and mood. This biomarker measures the total amount of testosterone in your blood – both free and bound testosterone.
FSH is a hormone produced by the pituitary gland in the brain. This hormone is essential for producing eggs in women and producing sperm in men. In women, FSH levels peak at ovulation and can increase in menopause.
Prolactin is a hormone produced by the pituitary gland in the brain. Its primary purpose is to stimulate milk production after childbirth. But prolactin is known to have over 300 other body functions in both men and women.
Androgens are male sex hormones but are also present in women. Most androgens are bound to proteins which makes them unavailable for our body to use. Measuring FAI estimates the level of androgens in the blood that are 'free' (unbound) so are available for your body to use.
Some testosterone in your blood is bound to proteins which makes it unavailable for your body’s cells. A smaller amount of testosterone is ‘unbound’ in your blood, meaning that it is available for your body cells to use. Unbound testosterone is also known as ‘free testosterone’.

Proteins (2 Biomarkers)

Proteins play many diverse roles in our bodies, from maintaining the functioning of cells, a healthy immune system to building our muscles. Protein levels in your blood can tell you many different things about your health, and measuring protein levels can help our doctors interpret your blood results.
Most sex hormones, such as testosterone and oestrogen, bind to SHBG in the blood. When hormones are bound to SHBG, it means our body cannot use them. Measuring levels of SHBG can help to uncover if your hormone levels are right for you.
Albumin is the most abundant protein in your blood. The liver produces albumin, and its role is to transport other essential compounds in your blood, such as nutrients and hormones.

Adrenal Hormones (1 Biomarker)

Adrenal hormones are hormones that affect many parts of the body. They travel in your blood and plays a role in metabolism as well as how your body responds to stress.
DHEA sulphate is a hormone produced by the adrenal glands in both men and women. It is an important precursor (ingredient) in the production of the sex hormones testosterone and oestrogen.

Special instructions

Prepare for your Male Hormone Blood Test by following these instructions. Please take your sample before 10am. Hormonal contraception can affect this test, taking a break from this and using barrier contraception will give more accurate results. Avoid taking your sample from a finger used to apply hormone gels/pessaries in the past 4 weeks. Use gloves to apply these. Do not take biotin supplements for two days before this test, discuss this with your doctor if it is prescribed. If you are a woman take this test two to five days after the start of your period, ideally on day three. It can be taken any time if you do not have periods.

From the expert

Male hormones are essential for a healthy male reproductive system. Other important roles of male hormones include regulation of mood, muscle mass and energy.

Testosterone is the primary male sex hormone in men which causes male characteristics. Another vital hormone, DHEA sulphate, is a precursor (an ingredient) that your body uses to produce testosterone. Other essential hormones in men include follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinising hormone (LH). These hormones are produced by the brain’s pituitary gland and stimulate the testes to produce testosterone and sperm. The hormones called prolactin and oestradiol are often called female hormones - but in lower levels, they are also crucial for men’s health.

In some men, testosterone levels can naturally decrease with age which can lead to an increase in abdominal fat (fat around your waist), loss of sex drive, mood changes, loss of muscle mass, lack of energy, and difficulty sleeping. You may also experience a decrease in your exercise performance.

Measuring the level of male hormones in your body is easy with a simple finger-prick blood test which you can do at home. You also have the option of providing a blood sample in a local clinic.

Dr Sam Rodgers MBBS, MRCGP
Chief Medical Officer


Does this test measure total or free testosterone?
There are two testosterone types in your blood: free testosterone, which is available for your cells to use, and bound testosterone, which is bound to proteins, so is not available for your cells.

The Male Hormone Blood Test measures free testosterone and total testosterone, a combination of free plus bound testosterone. This test gives a detailed and valuable picture of the level of testosterone in your body.
What is testosterone replacement therapy? (TRT)
Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) is a way to add the hormone testosterone back into your body to a normal level with an aim to ease your undesirable symptoms.

There are various ways your doctor may offer TRT, including injections, skin gels or patches or oral tablets. If you are taking TRT and want to monitor your testosterone levels, you may also be interested in Medichecks Advanced TRT Blood Test.
What are the benefits and risks of TRT?
Benefits of TRT include:
  • A reduction in unpleasant symptoms associated with low testosterone
  • An improvement in mood
  • Improvements to sex drive and erectile function
  • Stronger and healthier bones
  • A reduction in your risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes
Risks of TRT include:
  • Shrinkage of the testes
  • Acne an oily skin
  • Mood changes
  • Worsening of sleep disorders such as sleep apnoea
  • Increased risk of cardiovascular diseases (CVD)
  • Reduction in sperm quality and fertility
If you are considering taking TRT under your doctor’s advice, you should discuss these risks with them. This is especially important if you are considering having children in the future.
Are male hormones important for women?
Although testosterone is commonly known as a male hormone, it is also essential for maintaining sex drive (libido), muscle mass, fertility, and mood in women. In older age, women can experience a decline in hormone levels such as oestradiol and testosterone. This decline could cause symptoms such as poor bone health, vaginal dryness, and low sex drive.

Doctors may prescribe women with hormonal replacement therapy (HRT) to help with unpleasant menopausal symptoms. This HRT is usually a combination of hormones, including oestradiol, but in the UK, testosterone is not currently licensed to treat women.
Does this test measure high levels of testosterone?
Many testosterone tests will not measure testosterone levels above 52 nmol/L. Our Testosterone Blood Test will measure blood levels of testosterone up to 520 nmol/L. This is especially useful for men who are taking testosterone and expect to have supra normal levels of testosterone.
Can women take this test?
This test is designed for men. Women can take this test, but they may also be interested in our Female Hormone Blood Test. Both too high and too low levels of male hormones in women can cause undesirable symptoms.

High levels of male hormones can cause:
  • Changes to the menstrual cycle
  • Reduced sex drive
  • Acne
  • Thinning hair on the head
  • Excessive body hair growth
In women, high male hormone levels can occur due to many reasons. Some women may experience higher than normal levels of male hormones due to Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).

Women may be interested to take the Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) Blood Test – this test is specially designed to help women find out whether their hormone levels could be contributing to symptoms of PCOS.Read more about PCOS in our guide.

Why take this test?

  • To find out whether a hormonal change could be causing your symptoms
  • To check whether your hormone levels are within the normal range
  • To see whether a hormonal change could be affecting your fertility
  • To know whether your hormone levels are decreasing with age
  • To guide your exercise and diet to balance your hormone levels naturally
  • To monitor your hormone levels whilst taking testosterone replacement therapy (TRT)

Male hormones, fertility, and sex drive

Male hormones are involved in many body functions that are essential for a healthy sex drive and fertility. The hormones LH and FSH are crucial for the production of sperm and making testosterone in the body. Testosterone is involved in the growth of the male sex organs and also helps to control erectile function. Testosterone even has effects in the brain, so it can influence your desire to have sex (your libido).

A change in levels of male hormones in your body can negatively affect your sex life. For example, you may lose the ability to get or maintain an erection or have lower-quality sperm and, therefore, a lower ability to conceive naturally. If you have low testosterone levels, you could lose your desire to have sex entirely (low libido).

The good news is that hormone replacement therapy can help with these problems. The type of treatment you receive will depend on whether you want to start a family, so you should discuss this with your doctor.


Testosterone deficiency in men

Testosterone deficiency is also called hypogonadism. Low levels of testosterone can significantly disrupt your health and compromise your wellbeing, sexuality, and fertility.

Some men will experience a natural decline in testosterone levels with ageing. Some people call this the ‘male menopause’, but in men, it is a much more gradual process than female menopause, which occurs more rapidly.

A more severe and sudden drop in testosterone levels can sometimes occur in men, but this is uncommon. Some men are born with this type of deficiency, but some men can develop it in later life.

Symptoms of testosterone deficiency in men can include:

  • Loss in muscle mass
  • Increase in body fat, especially around the abdomen (waist)
  • Irritability or mood changes
  • Reduced sex drive (libido)
  • Low energy and fatigue


What increases the risk of testosterone deficiency?

Certain health, lifestyle and medical factors can put some men at higher risk of experiencing testosterone deficiency. Testosterone deficiency is more common in older men. Other factors that increase the risk include:

  • Injury or damage to the testes
  • High-stress levels
  • An unhealthy BMI
  • Steroid abuse
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Tumours that affect areas responsible for hormone production (such as the pituitary gland in the brain)
  • Cancer treatment such as chemotherapy
  • Poor sleep quality
  • Lifestyle factors such as smoking, drinking too much alcohol, and not exercising.

If your doctor diagnoses low testosterone levels, they may prescribe Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). TRT is a way to add hormones back into your body and restore your body’s essential functions. Men can take TRT through injections, skin gels or patches or oral tablets.


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Our tests are not a substitute for seeing your doctor, especially if you are suffering symptoms. Our doctors will interpret your results based on the information you have provided, but will not diagnose, consult or provide any treatment. You will be advised to see your doctor for any necessary follow-up action.