Low Testosterone Test

Home Testosterone Test

Most current home testosterone tests are saliva based.  A home testosterone test generally requires the following steps:

  • Collect saliva in the morning and put in the containers included in the testosterone test kit
  • Mail saliva collection to a lab for testing, usually a prepaid package is included in the testosterone test kit
  • Receive your results within a few days to a few weeks depending on the particular home testosterone test kit

While there are mixed opinions on the accuracy of home testosterone test kits, there is good evidence that they are reliable.  A home testosterone test may be a good option to establish a baseline testosterone level before implementing the recommendations in How to Increase Testosterone and to see the impact they have on your testosterone level via a before and after home testosterone test. Remember to take the testosterone tests after the same amount of sleep and at the same time in the morning!

There are now home testosterone tests that also collect blood samples. To do this at home you will use  lancet to prick your finger and squeeze some blood in a vial or on a paper strip that you will mail in. Collecting the blood sample at home may not be for everyone but can be very useful in making sure you get accurate testosterone test results.

Blood Testosterone Test

A blood testosterone test will likely involve the following:

  • You will have a doctor’s appointment, where you can expect to undergo a physical exam to check your signs and symptoms.
  • If you have sign or symptoms of low testosterone you’ll probably have blood drawn in order to test your testosterone levels
  • Testosterone levels vary throughout the day but are highest in the morning. Because of this, your doctor will want to take a sample of your blood between 7 and 10 a.m.
  • Your doctor will then submit your blood samples to the lab and you will have your blood testosterone test within a few days

A blood test for testosterone can tell your doctor how much free testosterone is circulating in your blood. It can also indicate the total amount of the hormone in your body. Studies show that measuring free testosterone is a better way to accurately diagnose low testosterone because total testosterone measurements are sometimes not sensitive enough to mild abnormalities in testosterone levels.

There are also now labs that you can go to to receive a blood testosterone test without going to see your doctor. Your insurance will likely not cover the costs of these tests and if your testosterone levels are low, a repeat test will likely need to be conducted by your doctor but these are a good option if you choose to try to the recommendations in How to Increase Testosterone and want before and after measurements so you can measure the impact of implementing these recommendations

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