Why it’s smart to check in regularly…
…and how it can help
You’re starting to feel low and lethargic.
Or perhaps you’ve read up and now you’re worrying.
Either way, you’re not sure if you’re suffering from low testosterone…
As the leading male sex hormone, it’s only natural to want to know that your testosterone levels are healthy. You’re likely already aware that levels begin to decline naturally as you age, though they may also affect younger men struggling with the early or delayed onset of sexual maturity.
So, when should you check in? And how often?
Thankfully, the answers to these questions are easy…
How Is The Test Carried Out?
Testing for low levels of testosterone is a relatively straightforward process. It’s just a simple blood test. That’s all! Your nurse or doctor will take a sample of blood from the vein in your arm, which they’ll then send off to the lab for further examination.
These tests are typically scheduled for the early morning. This is when hormone levels are at their highest. Though recent studies have found that testing of those over the age of 45 can be carried out later in the day without swaying results, as variations in testosterone level out with age.
Minimal, if any, preparation is required. That said, your doctor may ask you to temporarily halt any of the following medications as they’re known for artificially affecting testosterone levels:
- Androgen or Estrogen Therapies
Once your sample arrives, it will be checked for levels of both bound – testosterone attached to a protein called Sex Hormone Bind Globulin (SHBG) – as well as free testosterone.
Many doctors would regard a range between 2 and 25 as optimal for a 60-year-old man, however at Genesys Men’s Health we believe the optimal level is that of a 22 to 25 year old – between 30 to 40 – irrespective of your age. This is always our goal.
Looking to get started? Take our free online self-test to check your testosterone levels »
I Was Given The All-Clear, When Should I Check Again?
Whether it was a nag, niggle, or too much Dr. Google, you’ve since received the all-clear. So, where to from here? Trust your body, and regularly check in with how you’re feeling. If you’re free from any of the signs and symptoms of low testosterone, there’s no need to put yourself through the stress of another test.
It Turns Out I Have Low Testosterone, Where To From Here?
If the results show that you’re suffering from low testosterone, there’s no need to panic. There are many options available. Depending on the specifics of your symptoms, your hormone doctor will sit down with you and work out a treatment plan that’s specially tailored to your exact needs.
In the meantime, it can be worthwhile to read up and stay informed to ensure you’re prepared for what’s to come, as well as alleviate any fears or misconceptions you may have about testosterone replacement therapy.
- Is Testosterone Safe?
- 5 Things You Should Know About Testosterone Replacement
- How Much Does Testosterone Replacement Therapy Cost?
- How Long Should Testosterone Therapy Last?
- What Are Bioidentical Hormones?
I’m Currently Undergoing Treatment, When Will My Levels Be Checked?
Like most chronic conditions, low testosterone is an ongoing issue that’s treated over the short, medium, and long-term. In order to keep you in the loop and adjust treatment accordingly, your hormone doctor will schedule regular check-ups.
These check-ups are usually held every 3 months to start, though may become more spread out over time as signs and symptoms subside, and your health improves.
Signs & Symptoms? You Should Get That Checked
There’s no need for needless stressing. If you’re feeling low, lethargic, or just out of the loop, it’s time to have your testosterone levels checked so you can either rule in – or out – any potential changes in your testosterone levels and act accordingly.
Turning your life around really does start with just a simple blood test.
Want to find out more? Consider starting with our FREE Online Testosterone Self Test, followed by a free in-office evaluation with one of our hormone doctors (normally $150). From there, we can schedule a 45 minute, in-depth evaluation of your labs for just $75 (usually $150).