Male Hormone Testing
Why should you test your testosterone levels?
Testosterone is the key male hormone. It is vital to the development and maintenance of male sexual characteristics and function. Normal active blood testosterone levels help to maintain sex drive and fertility in healthy men. Research shows it even helps maintain psychological health.
Testosterone is increasingly being recognised as important to a wide range of health related areas. This includes contributing to maintaining healthy and active energy levels and bone and muscle mass.
If your blood testosterone levels fall or the testosterone in your body is no longer as active as it was (low T), you may start suffering from what many people call the male menopause, andropause, or as the Centre for Men’s Health refers to it, Testosterone Deficiency Syndrome.
If you do have low T, you may find you are suffering from symptoms. The list includes:
- Loss of energy;
- Low libido (sex drive);
- Erection problems, especially a loss of morning erections;
- Irritability and anger;
- Night sweats;
- Hot flushes;
- Joint pains;
You can take a free questionnaire test to see if you have the symptoms of the male menopause/testosterone deficiency.
What is included in the TRT Screen blood test?
The TRT Screen, which is a fingerprick blood test, checks:
- Total Testosterone;
- Free Testosterone.
The results from the TRT Screen blood test can be discussed in a remote/video with one of our team of expert doctors at our two UK clinics who will interpret them for you and answer any questions you may have about the test.
Why do we do blood tests for these markers?
Total testosterone measures the total level of this male hormone in your blood. Low testosterone (low T) can lead to the symptoms of the male menopause or testosterone deficiency syndrome.
We also test for SHBG (sex hormone-binding globulin), a type of protein in your blood, because it binds to androgens, including testosterone, and inhibits their function in the body. Some 50-60% of testosterone is strongly bound in this way. As men get older, the level of SHBG in their blood tends to rise, and this can be one of the factors resulting in testosterone deficiency.
Albumin is another type of protein in your blood that also binds between 40-50% of total testosterone in circulation, albeit more weakly.
The blood test also includes a calculation of what is called free testosterone, which is the remainder of the male hormone not bound by either SHBG or albumin, and accounts for only 1-3% of the testosterone in your blood.
In addition, the blood test measures Oestradiol, one of the two mains forms of the hormone oestrogen in men, is essential in modulating libido, erectile function and spermatogenesis (the origin and development of sperm cells). High oestrogen in men can lead to symptoms including infertility, gynaecomastia (‘man boobs’) and erectile dysfunction (ED).
How do I get my TRT Screen male hormone blood test?
- Please call our office (020 7486 2277) and we will have a fingerprick blood test kit sent out to you;
- Collect the fingerprick blood sample in the comfort of your own home;
- Send the blood sample off by post to the laboratory.
- Your blood test results will be available a few days later for you to discuss at your appointment with one of our doctors.
The TRT screen testosterone test and 20 minute video consultation with one of our experts costs £225 (£195 for Manchester patients). If you wish to have a longer (30 minute) consultation with the doctor to discuss your symptoms, blood test results and potential courses of treatment, the price will be £325. (£245 for Manchester patients).
Why do your testosterone blood test with the Centre for Men’s Health?
The Centre for Men’s Health has been diagnosing and treating men across the UK for low testosterone (low T) for more than 25 years and our team of expert doctors has significant experience in the field.
What can I do if my blood test shows I have low testosterone?
If your initial blood test indicates you are suffering from low testosterone, and you are also seeing the symptoms of the male menopause or testosterone deficiency syndrome, we suggest you should undertake a more thorough investigation of your health and lifestyle, as well as further blood tests and a physical examination to see whether you might benefit from testosterone replacement therapy (TRT).
What other male hormone blood tests might I need?
For patients looking to proceed to treatment with testosterone replacement therapy (TRT), we offer a full Male Health Check. This includes a broader blood test, featuring a range of 46 markers covering liver and kidney function, lipids and full blood count, TSH, FSH and LH, as well as prostate-specific antigen (PSA). A raised PSA can be an indicator of possible prostate cancer and checking its level with a blood test is essential before patients can proceed to testosterone replacement therapy. For new patients who have already had the TRT Screen testosterone blood test, this full Male Health Check is offered at the discounted price of £175.
For this test, a full venous blood sample is required. This requires your blood to be taken by a qualified phlebotomist in our London clinic. You will need to be fasting when the sample is taken to ensure an accurate measure of your testosterone levels. Alternatively a blood sample kit can be sent out to you at home and you can use this to have your blood taken at a chain of partner clinics across the UK.
Please note: Under Coronavirus lockdown restrictions we will begin offering this full blood test again as soon as government guidance allows. Please call our office on 020 7486 2277 for more information.