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Male Hormone Testing FAQ

What are the symptoms of hormone imbalances in men?

The symptoms of hormone imbalances in men may include:

  1. Low energy or fatigue
  2. Erectile dysfunction
  3. Low sex drive or libido
  4. Infertility
  5. Anxiety, depression or brain fog
  6. Enlarged breast tissue
  7. Bloating
  8. Headaches
  9. Blurred vision
  10. Loss of bone density
  11. Hypopituitarism (reduction in overall hormone production from the pituitary gland).

Tell me more about testosterone?

Testosterone is a steroid hormone that is produced in the testes in men. It is widely associated with sexual function including; the development of secondary sex characteristics, sperm production, and fertility. However, testosterone also plays a significant role in other bodily functions including:

  1. Metabolic rate
  2. Mood and energy levels
  3. Cholesterol levels
  4. Muscle control
  5. Nervous system
  6. Heart rate
  7. Body temperature
  8. Digestive function
  9. Brain development
  10. Bone maintenance
  11. Hair growth

    Tell me more about sex hormone binding globulin?

    Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG) is a glycoprotein that binds to testosterone in the body. It is responsible for transporting hormones through the bloodstream in their biologically inactive forms. Changes in SHBG can affect the amount of testosterone that is available to be used by the body.

    Tell me more about what free androgen index means?

    Free androgen index (FAI) is a ratio used to determine androgen (also known as male sex hormone) status. The free androgen index is the ratio of SHBG and testosterone.

    Tell me more about oestradiol?

    Oestradiol is a steroid hormone, that men produce in small amounts in the testicles, that controls erectile function, libido and sperm production.

    Tell me more about prolactin?

    Prolactin is a hormone produced in the pituitary gland in your brain, is best known for its importance in stimulating the production of breast milk after delivering a baby. Men also produce low levels of prolactin which is important for testicular function and sperm production. 

    Can this test predict how quickly or if my partner and I will conceive?

    Unfortunately, the test can’t do this, the test will only tell you your hormone levels at the time you take the blood sample and should form part of an overall fertility assessment.

    If my hormone levels are low, does this mean I am infertile or cannot get my partner pregnant?

    If your hormone levels are low, this does not necessarily mean that you have a problem with your fertility, or you won’t be able to get your partner pregnant. This home test should be used as one part of a fertility assessment, which should also include sperm analysis.  When you get your results, a nurse will call you to discuss them with you and talk to you about the next steps.

    I am struggling to conceive, what fertility test should I order?

    We offer a range of fertility tests for both men and women. 

    For women struggling to conceive, we would recommend doing both the female hormone test and the ovarian reserve test. These tests combined will provide you with a clear picture of your fertility status and can also indicate if there are any issues which may result in some difficulty getting pregnant. 

    The male fertility test kits provide a broad picture of a man’s hormonal health by looking at the key hormones involved. There is a range of tests to choose from depending on how much information you would like to know about your hormone health. Please see the table below to help you decide which test is right for you.

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    Are my results shared with my Doctor?

    This service is completely confidential - your results are not shared with anyone. The results will be delivered to your personal secure online account. They are yours to access and use as you wish. 

    If you do wish to share your results with your Doctor, the nursing support team will provide you with a printable copy of your results which you can take with you to your Doctor. 

    I’m worried about taking a blood sample from my finger. How easy is it to take a blood sample using this kit?

    The lancet used to prick your finger is spring-loaded, so you won’t see the needle. When you place the lancet on your finger and press down as instructed, the needle is activated, and you will feel a small scratch for less than a second.

    Last reviewed on: 04.05.2019 Next review date: 04.05.2022