What is a Low Testosterone Test?
Our low testosterone test is a blood test which can be conducted from the convenience of your own home. We will send you a blood collection kit so that you can collect a small sample of blood and send it off for testing. Please click here to see a video that explains how to collect the blood sample and send it off. A leaflet explaining what to do is also available here. It’s a simple painless process that takes less than 5 minutes.
When collecting the blood sample it's important to avoid squeezing the finger to get the blood to flow. This can cause haemolysis of the sample and make it useless for testing. Please follow the instructions on the leaflet provided carefully and remember the following tips:
- Do not squeeze the finger when collecting the blood sample. A good firm prick from the lancet is needed, and then take your time.
- Warm the hand before sample collection, this can help a great deal.
- Use the little finger and gently milk the hand rather than squeezing the finger.
- Stand up when collecting the blood sample, as this can really assist blood flow.
The low testosterone test measures total levels of testosterone in your blood. Testosterone is the most important male hormone. It is responsible for helping the body create male characteristics during puberty, but it also has important roles to play in the adult male. It is important in maintaining healthy sexual function, energy levels, mood, strength and levels of muscle and fat in the body.
Why should I have a Low Testosterone Test?
Men with low testosterone tend to have a lack of sex drive and have reduced sexual performance. Low testosterone is also associated with a feeling of irritability and depression and low motivation and energy levels. Men with low testosterone may also notice a loss of muscle mass and strength and an increase in fat levels, especially around the middle. Over a longer period of time low testosterone can also produce a reduction in bone density increasing the risk of osteoporosis.
Typical examples of things that could be associated with low testosterone are regularly falling to sleep in the early evening when you should not be especially tired, poor performance at work as you feel tired all the time, feeling that you have lost your joy of living so that things that you used to enjoy now feel like a nuisance or too much hassle, fewer or no morning erections and less hard erections, reduced physical stamina or strength and putting on weight. It may be tempting to put these things down to the fact that you are getting older, and it’s true that we all slow down as we get older, but the real problem could be low testosterone and if you suspect this the low testosterone test will determine if that is the case.
The results of the test will be sent to the “Test Results” area of your Pharmacy2U Online Doctor account. You will be notified by email when the results are there, and the doctor will also be notified of the results. The result will tell you the level of total testosterone in your blood, and it will indicate the normal levels and indicate if your result falls within the normal range. If we do find abnormal levels, the doctor will get in touch with you to recommend the appropriate course of action.