Male Hormone Blood Test
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- Adrenal Hormones
Hormones (7 Biomarkers)
Proteins (2 Biomarkers)
Adrenal Hormones (1 Biomarker)
From the expert
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.
Laboratories you can trust
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Expert interpretation of your results
One of our team of doctors will review your results and give you personalised advice based on your medical history, lifestyle and health and fitness goals.
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