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What is the Testosterone

The testosterone test is carried out to ascertain the levels of testosterone in your bloodstream. The result from this test will help your doctor diagnose the root cause of underlying health problems which can be caused by excess or too little of this hormone in the body.

The testosterone hormone is produced in a man’s testes — during puberty, it helps to build muscles; it makes men’s chest hairy, deepens the voice, and enlarges the penis.

Testosterone is needed throughout the lifespan of a man to maintain his sex drive and produce sperm. Women are not left out as they also produce testosterone but in smaller amounts. It is produced in the ovaries where it regulates body functions and maintains healthy levels of hormones in the body.

If you want to ascertain your testosterone level anywhere around London, we at Blood London are always available to make sure this process is seamless. You can reach out to us on  020 7183 0244 to carry out this test.

What Does a Testosterone Test Measure?

Testosterone travels through your body in 2 major ways:

  • It travels freely, not attached to proteins
  • Travels attached to albumin, a protein and a compound called “sex hormone-binding globulin” (SHBG)

During a screening test, you will get a total testosterone test to measure the levels of both free and attached testosterone. The result will be used to diagnose certain health problems.

The testosterone test is used to find the root cause of sexual problems in men; this includes problems like low sex drive, infertility, and erectile dysfunction. This test can detect low levels of testosterone, which can make it difficult for a man to impregnate a woman.

Low levels of testosterone can also signify a problem with the pituitary gland or the hypothalamus. These glands control the production of testosterone in your body.

Low levels of testosterone in women can also lead to irregular periods, lack of menstruation, having male patterns of hair growth on parts of your body such as facial hair and chest hair, and the inability to get pregnant. This test is also carried out to diagnose certain adrenal tumours.

Testosterone tests in women are also used to diagnose Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), this condition causes increased levels of testosterone, it also causes lack of menstruation and makes it difficult for women to get pregnant.

Are you uncertain of your testosterone level? Reach out to us today at Blood London Clinic, and we will help you carry out this test.

Why Would I Get This Test?

Your doctor might require you to run this test if you are showing the symptoms of high or low levels of testosterone.

Symptoms of low testosterone in men are:

  • Osteoporosis and other bone disorders
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty getting or maintaining an erection
  • Hair loss
  • Swollen breasts
  • Loss of muscles mass
  • Low sperm count
  • Low sex drive

Symptoms of low testosterone in women are:

  • Thin and weak bones
  • Infertility and other reproductive problems
  • Low sex drive
  • Dryness of the vagina
  • Menstrual disorders like absent menstruation or irregular periods

Symptoms of high testosterone in women are:

  • Increased production of oil in the skin
  • Acne
  • Skipped period and lack of menstruation
  • Part of the skin will be darkened
  • Hair loss on the head
  • Deep voice
  • Excessive hair growth on the face and body
  • Enlarged clitoris
  • If you notice any of these symptoms, don’t hesistate to reach out to us. Our medical staff will be glad to attend to you.

    What Happens During the Test?

    A sample of your blood will be collected early in the morning, and the test will be carried out. It is carried out in the morning because that is when your testosterone level is at the highest.

    A tube of blood will be taken from a vein in your finger or arm. Before this is done, let your doctor know if you are taking any drug, supplement, or herb because some of these can affect the result.

    The test is always repeated no matter the result, whether high or low because the levels of testosterone vary from day to day and from hour to hour.

    What Your Result Tells the Doctor

    From your test result, we will know if you have a high, low, or normal level of testosterone in your blood. From this result, we can diagnose what’s wrong with you or rule out the case of diseases caused by abnormal levels of testosterone.

    Normal levels of testosterone in men (adults) are:

    • 249 – 836 nanograms per deciliter (mg/dl) for men aged 19 to 49
    • 193 – 740 nanograms per deciliter (mg/dl) for men aged 50 and older

    Normal levels of testosterone in women (adult) are:

    • 8 – 48 nanograms per deciliter (mg/dl) for women aged 19 to 49
    • 2 – 41 nanograms per deciliter (mg/dl) for women aged 50 and above

    Your result might require the need for one of these tests:

    • 17 – hydroxyprogesterone: This test helps to detect the condition called congenital adrenal hyperplasia, this affects the production of hormones in your body, thereby leading to a lot of health complications and development problems.
    • Prolactin: This test is used to diagnose a lot of problems in women; this include breast discharge, low sex drive, infertility and absent menstruation.
    • Androstenedione (AD): This test checks how well your adrenal gland, testicles, or ovaries are working. This helps in detecting problems in these vital organs and promotes early treatment.
    • Follicle-Stimulating Hormone (FSH) or Luteinising Hormone (LH): This test is carried out to gauge fertility in women and also puberty in young girls.
    • Biopsy: In this test, a sample of tissue is removed from your testicle or uterus to check for cancer.
      Estrogen: This test measures the levels of estrogen in your body; it can also be used to diagnose menopause or the cause of infertility.
    • DHEAS: This test is done to check fortumours or other problems in your adrenal glands.

    We specialise in carrying out any of the above-mentioned tests. We have a team of doctors that also carry out consultation services; we work together with our patients to help find the root cause of their health conditions.

    We are a team of well-trained professionals, we are licensed and equipped with the latest technology to carry out all blood tests. All our tests are carried out using the highest standards, and you can count on our results.

    We also offer expert advice to our clients. Call us today on 02071830244 or pay us a visit at Suite E, 117a Harley St, Marylebone, London W1G 6AT. Our phone 02071830244 is open 24/7. You will be connected with a friendly expert who will guide you on what to do.

    Blood London have been providing Oestradiol (E2) on a self-referral basis to patients in Central and Greater London for over 20 years. Simply walk-in weekdays between 9am and 9pm or on weekends between 10am and 2pm, to have your blood taken by a highly experienced professional in our private, Harley Street clinic using some of the best labs in euroup.

    All blood testing results are reviewed by our internal doctor for any abnormalities, and we offer a full range of follow up services including medical consultations, prescriptions and further testing. Call today.

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