Testosterone is one of the essential hormones in male growth and reproduction. A simple blood test known as a testosterone test can determine your testosterone level.
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What is the testosterone test?
A testosterone blood test evaluates testosterone levels in the body. This test is primarily used to diagnose and monitor low testosterone-related disorders, including hypogonadism.
This test determines the total amount of free and bound testosterone in the blood. Free testosterone is the active form of testosterone that is not connected to blood proteins, whereas bound testosterone is attached to proteins such as sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG).
How does the testosterone test work?
A testosterone test is a quick blood test that is often administered in the morning when testosterone levels are at their peak. The test entails drawing blood from an arm vein and submitting it to a laboratory for assessment.
The results will measure the blood’s overall amount of free and bound testosterone. Typically, the values are expressed in nanograms per deciliter (ng/dL) or picograms per milliliter (pg/mL).
When should I get a testosterone test?
Getting a testosterone test is something one might do for a variety of reasons, including:
- Low testosterone symptoms. These include reduced sex drive, fatigue, sadness, a loss of muscular mass, and a weakening of bones. A testosterone test can tell you for sure if low testosterone is the source of these symptoms.
- Fertility issues. The production of sperm requires the testosterone hormone. If you are experiencing difficulty conceiving, a testosterone test can help identify if low testosterone levels are a significant factor.
- Erectile dysfunction. Testosterone contributes to sexual performance, especially erection function. A testosterone test can help identify whether low testosterone levels are leading to erectile dysfunction.
- Prostate Cancer. Testosterone can accelerate prostate cancer cell development. If you are at high risk for the disease due to a family history of prostate cancer, a testosterone test can help identify whether your testosterone levels may contribute to the disease’s development.
- Osteoporosis. Maintaining bone density requires testosterone. If you are at risk for osteoporosis or have a family history of the condition, a testosterone test can help evaluate whether or not low testosterone levels are responsible for bone loss.
What to expect during a testosterone test?
This simple blood test typically takes a few minutes to perform. No preparation is necessary for a testosterone test. Nonetheless, your doctor may recommend that you fast prior to the test.
A tiny needle will be used to withdraw a blood sample from a vein in your arm, and the procedure is rapid and relatively painless.
Novomed laboratory in Dubai delivers accurate and quick results. Your urologist will review the results and recommend any required actions to you.
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