CHECK BLOOD TEST
A comprehensive profile of the hormones which govern masculinity, male fertility and wellbeing.
Male Hormone Check Blood Test
About this test – Why take this test?
- You want a thorough check of your reproductive hormones
- You are experiencing symptoms such as low libido which you think might be hormone related
- You want to check your fertility
We’ve combined our best-selling Hormone Check Male and Hormone Check Plus Male into one all-encompassing profile with added prolactin – and we’ve price matched to the previous cheaper test.
This test provides an comprehensive picture of the levels of both male and female hormones that occur naturally in men. The primary male hormone (androgen) is testosterone and this test looks at your level of total testosterone as well as the testosterone which is not bound to proteins (SHBG and albumin) and is therefore available to your cells. A low level of free testosterone, or a low free androgen index (FAI), can lead to symptoms such as low libido, erectile dysfunction, low mood and energy levels as well as difficulties in gaining muscle. Another androgen is DHEAS, which is produced in the adrenal gland and is a precursor to testosterone. DHEAS has many functions but plays a role in body composition (distribution of fat and muscle) as well as bone density. Androgen levels in men decline naturally with age and for some men this can lead to symptoms which are often known as the male menopause or andropause. Although less common, low testosterone can also affect younger men.
Low testosterone can be caused by elevated prolactin levels and is often associated with raised oestradiol which can cause an increase in abdominal fat and breast tissue (gynaecomastia).
This profile also includes FSH and LH which are involved in stimulating the testes to produce testosterone, as well as sperm production and fertility.
Our doctors will let you know if your hormones are within the normal ranges and advise you on whether you need to see your GP. Please note, if you are taking any hormones such as testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) this can affect your results. Please let our doctors know if you are supplementing with hormones so that they can interpret your results more meaningfully.
Please ensure your sample is collected in the morning. If you are tracking your results over time then it is vital that you always have your blood taken at the same time.
Extended upper limit. Many testosterone tests will not measure testosterone levels above 52 nmol/L, our test will measure values up to 520 nmol/L. This is especially useful for men who are taking testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) or anabolic steroids and who expect to have supranormal levels of testosterone. Please note, if your reading is above 520nmol/L the lab will not be able to calculate a free testosterone or free androgen index value. If this is the case, you will not be entitled to a refund.
DHEAS is the sulphated form of DHEA, a hormone which is produced by the adrenal glands and is responsible for male characteristics in both men and women. DHEAS gradually declines from the age of 30 onwards.
A raised result in women may contribute to hirsuitism (excess hair) as well as male body characteristics. It can also be raised in polycystic ovary syndrome.
In both sexes raised DHEAS may indicate Cushing’s disease (when the body produces too much cortisol) as well as a possible adrenal tumour.
Low levels of DHEAS may indicate adrenal dysfunction and could contribute to a low libido, fertility problems and, in women, osteoporosis.
Raised levels are often seen in individuals who supplement with DHEA.
Follicle Stimulating Hormone is produced in the pituitary gland and is important for women in the production of eggs by the ovaries and for men in the production of sperm.
Luteinising Hormone (LH) is produced by the pituitary gland and is important for male and female fertility. In women it governs the menstrual cycle, peaking before ovulation. In men it stimulates the production of testosterone.
Testosterone is a male sex hormone which is produced in the testicles of men and, in much smaller amounts, in the ovaries of women. It is responsible for bone and muscle strength, as well as mood, energy and sexual function.
Testosterone levels decline with age and it is unusual to find naturally elevated levels in men. Low testosterone is more common than raised testosterone in the absence of supplementation.
In women, raised testosterone can result in male characteristics such as body hair, greater bulk, a deeper voice and acne – all symptoms of polycystic ovaries, a condition in which elevated testosterone is commonly seen.
Most testosterone circulating in the blood is bound to proteins, in particular SHBG and albumin; only 2-3 % of testosterone is free and available to cells. This test uses an algorithm to calculate the level of free or unbound testosterone in relation to total testosterone, SHBG and albumin.
A low level in a male could lead to symptoms such as low libido, erectile dysfunction, depression and difficulty gaining muscle mass.
In women an elevated level could indicate polycystic ovary syndrome.
Most of the sex hormones – testosterone, oestrogen and dihydrotestosterone (DHT) – found in your blood are bound to Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG) which means that they are unavailable to your cells. Measuring the level of SHBG in your blood gives important information about your levels of “free” or unbound hormones which are biologically active and available for use.
Elevated SHBG indicates that there is less testosterone or oestrogen available for use whereas low levels can mean an excess of available hormones.
The free androgen index (FAI) is a calculation used to determine the amount of male hormones (androgens) which are free (unbound) in the bloodstream. Most testosterone is bound to proteins – sex hormone binding globulin and albumin. The FAI is a calculation based on the ratio of testosterone and SHBG and is a measure of the amount of circulating available testosterone.
A low FAI in men can indicate reduced levels of testosterone available to the cells which can lead to symptoms such as loss of libido, difficulty gaining muscle mass and erectile disfunction.
In women an elevated FAI may signify polycystic ovary syndrome.
Oestradiol is a female steroid hormone which is produced in the ovaries of women and to a much lesser extent in the testes of men. It is responsible for the female reproductive system as well as the growth of breast tissue and bone thickness. Oestradiol levels decline with age, culminating in the menopause when the ovaries stop producing eggs.
Raised oestradiol in women can cause acne, constipation, loss of sex drive and depression as well as raising the risk of uterine and breast cancer.
Oestradiol can also be raised in men due to excess fat (which produces oestradiol) or in relation to testosterone levels which have declined with age. Raised oestradiol in men can cause the growth of breast tissue, the loss of libido and infertility.
Low levels of oestradiol in women can lead to osteoporosis, problems with the menstrual cycle and fertility as well as fatigue and depression.
Prolactin is a hormone which is produced in the pituitary gland and plays a role in reproductive health. Its primary purpose is to stimulate milk production after childbirth, and in pregnant and breastfeeding women prolactin levels can soar.
Raised levels in a woman who isn’t pregnant or breastfeeding can signal fertility problems as well as irregular periods.
Raised levels in men can cause reduced sex drive, lack of energy, erectile disfunction and fertility problems.
Albumin is made mainly in the liver and helps to keep the blood from leaking out of blood vessels. It also helps carry some medicines and other substances through the blood and is important for tissue growth and healing.
Low albumin levels can indicate liver disease and can also be a marker for chronic ill-health, malnutrition and inflammation. It can also occur in kidney conditions such as nephrotic syndrome and diabetes.
Raised levels are usually caused by dehydration.
How it Works:
Order your test. We will arrange for one of our trained phlebotomists to take your sample and send it to our accredited laboratory.
We will email you with your results within the specified turnaround times.
Our tests are not a substitute for seeing your doctor, especially if you are suffering symptoms. We can arrange to have your results interpreted based on the information you have provided, but will not diagnose, consult or provide any treatment. (This incurs an additional cost and will need to be requested at time of ordering).
You will be advised to see your doctor.
The prices shown above do not include Phlebotomy fees.
If you would like to make an enquiry or arrange a blood test can you please fill in the contact form below or call us on 01633 718001