Testosterone Blood Test
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Hormones (1 Biomarker)
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If you take hormone gels or hormone pessaries, it is essential to wear gloves to apply them for at least four weeks before taking a finger-prick test. This is because testosterone can stay in your skin and affect the results of the blood test.
Women can experience low levels of testosterone in menopause which can lead to symptoms such as poor bone health, vaginal dryness, and reduced sex drive. On the other hand, women can experience high testosterone levels with health conditions such as Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). Women may be interested to take the Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) Blood Test, which is specially designed to help women find out whether their hormone levels could be contributing to symptoms of PCOS.
Other factors which can cause low testosterone are:
- Injury or damage to the testes
- High-stress levels
- An unhealthy BMI
- Steroid abuse
- Type 2 diabetes
- Cancer treatment
- Tumours (which affect areas responsible for hormone production, such as the pituitary gland in the brain)
- Lifestyle factors (such as smoking, drinking too much alcohol, and not exercising)
- Poor sleep quality
Why take this test?
- Find out whether low testosterone levels are causing your symptoms (such as low sex drive, low energy levels, or low muscle mass)
- Check whether your testosterone levels are within the normal range
- See whether your testosterone levels are decreasing with age
- Guide your exercise and dietary choices to increase your testosterone levels naturally
- Monitor your testosterone levels whilst taking hormone replacement, such as testosterone replacement therapy (TRT)
- Investigate whether your testosterone levels are too high
Testosterone in men
Testosterone is an essential hormone for men because it maintains male sex drive (libido), sperm production, fertility, and mood. Testosterone levels sometimes fall gradually in men from around the age of 30 years. For many men, this gradual fall in testosterone causes no symptoms. For others, it can negatively affect mood, motivation, and sex drive. Low testosterone can even cause a decrease in muscle mass in the body alongside increased fat mass and gynecomastia (breast tissue development). This age-related decline in testosterone is sometimes called the 'male menopause', 'manopause', or andropause. Some younger man can also experience low testosterone levels, this is called hypogonadism.
If you are a man who is experiencing symptoms of low testosterone, your doctor may prescribe testosterone replacement therapy (TRT).
Testosterone in women
Testosterone is an essential hormone for women because their bodies can use it to produce oestrogen. Testosterone helps control female sex drive (libido), reproductive health, mood and the menstrual cycle. If women experience a decline in testosterone levels, such as during menopause, it can cause poor bone health, vaginal dryness, and reduced sex drive.
On the other hand, if women have too much testosterone, it can cause unwanted symptoms such as excess body hair and weight gain. High testosterone levels in women could suggest a health condition known as Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).
Testosterone in sports and exercise
Testosterone can be an advantage in sport and exercise. Firstly, testosterone helps your body build muscle and increase strength. Testosterone is also essential for energy and motivation, so it could affect the amount of exercise you can do. Testosterone could even help your body to use fat as fuel for your exercise.
Intense training without enough time for recovery can put you at risk of overtraining syndrome associated with a long-term decrease in your testosterone levels. Symptoms of overtraining include chronic fatigue, weakness, and low mood. Overtraining syndrome can be damaging to your performance and could even lead to injuries, such as fractures.
Long-term use of anabolic steroids can cause shrinkage to your testes (that produce testosterone) and lead to low testosterone levels in the body.
Can you increase your testosterone levels naturally?
There are some simple lifestyle changes that can naturally support the production of testosterone in the body:
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