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Testosterone and Cortisol Blood Test

Testosterone and Cortisol Blood Test

£72.00

This test is useful for athletes who are looking to check the balance between training and recovery. It includes a testosterone/cortisol ratio which can be used as a marker for over-training.
Blood sample 3 biomarkers included Results estimated in 3 working days from sample receipt at lab
Testosterone and Cortisol Blood Test
Testosterone and Cortisol Blood Test
Testosterone and Cortisol Blood Test
Testosterone and Cortisol Blood Test
Testosterone and Cortisol Blood Test

What's included?

Biomarker profiles

  • Hormones
  • Adrenal Hormones

Hormones (2 Biomarkers)

Adrenal Hormones (1 Biomarker)

Special instructions

Prepare for your Testosterone and Cortisol Blood Test by following these instructions. Please take your sample before 10am. If you have an unusual sleep pattern (eg shift worker) then take this test within 2 hours of waking. Hormonal contraception can affect the results of this test. Taking a break from this and waiting for your periods to restart before your blood test will give more accurate results. Corticosteroid medication can affect this test, ask your doctor whether to stop before testing. Avoid taking your sample from a finger used to apply hormone gels/pessaries/patches 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.

From the expert

Testosterone is a hormone that causes male characteristics. For men, it regulates the sex drive and controls bone mass, fat distribution, muscle mass, strength and the production of red blood cells and sperm. Heavy alcohol use, liver disease and using steroids can cause a decrease in testosterone levels. Women taking oestrogen therapy, however, may have increased testosterone levels.

Cortisol is a steroid hormone, produced by the adrenal gland. It's vital for survival as it's involved in various important functions such as immunity, regulating blood pressure and releasing insulin for blood sugar maintenance. Cortisol has been termed 'the stress hormone' because it's also secreted in higher levels during the body's 'fight or flight' response to stress, and is responsible for several stress-related changes in the body.

Raised cortisol can inhibit the production of testosterone.

Dr Sam Rodgers MBBS, MRCGP
Chief Medical Officer

Why take this test?

  • you are an athlete who wants to monitor levels of testosterone and cortisol during your training cycle
  • you are training hard and are worried about overtraining and overreaching
  • you are not making the gains in your training that you would expect
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Important

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.