Male Hormone Blood Test
The ageing process can have an impact not only on female hormones but on male hormones too.
If your body produces too much or too little of a hormone it can lead to a hormonal imbalance. A mild fluctuation doesn’t tend to cause a problem however a major imbalance may have severe consequences on your health and well being.
Lifestyle choices or health factors such as being obese, using anabolic steroids, chronic stress, diabetes, pituaitary gland disorders, poor diet, genetics or underlying health issues may contribute to a hormonal imbalance.
Males hormones carry out multiple functions such as sperm production, muscle strength, muscle mass, libido, bone and blood health.
The main primary hormones for the male reproductive system are follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), luteinizing hormone (LH) and testosterone.
Testing for Male Hormones
The test can be performed using a small amount of blood from a finger prick which you can do yourself.
How often should I have a male hormone blood test
We recommend checking your hormone levels if experiencing any symptoms of hormone imbalance.
- Hair loss
- Beard growth reduction
- Weight loss
- Weight gain
- Breast tenderness
- Loss of muscle mass
- Hot flashes
- Difficulty concentrating
- Sleep changes
- Decreasing energy levels
- Use of anabolic steroids
This blood test is to check on:
- Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH)
- Luteinizing Hormone (LH)
- Free Androgen Index (FAI)
- Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG)
For best results (if medically suitable) it is advisable to fast (water is allowed) 12 hours prior to the test which needs to be taken first thing in the morning and posted on the same day on a Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday.
Collection method: Finger prick
Results available: 2-3 days after the sample has reached the laboratory.
Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH)
The test will measure the FSH in your blood. FSH plays an important role in sexual development and sexual functioning.
Luteinizing hormone (LH)
The test will measure the LH in your blood. LH plays and important role as it affects the sex organs in both men and women.
Testosterone is the primary sex hormone and anabolic steroid in males. It plays a major role in the reproductive tissues such as the prostate and testes. In women it is produced in the ovaries in small amounts and aids the reproductive system.
Free Androgen Index (FAI)
FAI is a ratio used to detect abnormal androgen levels.
The test will measure the amount of prolactin in the blood. Prolactin is a hormone made by the pituitary gland.
Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG)
The test will measure the levels of SHBG in your blood. SHBG is a protein made by the liver and attaches itself to sex hormones in both men and women.