How can i test my testosterone levels at home?

how can i test my testosterone levels at home?

Testosterone Test Kit

Testosterone is an androgen hormone produced in men and women. It affects men and women differently but plays a vital role in our health.

Testosterone levels change throughout a person’s life and usually steadily decline as we age. For men, this tends to be after the age of 40. For women, this is usually when going through menopause.

If you want to check your total testosterone levels, you can order a test kit from Superdrug Online Doctor. Your results can help you determine whether it’s safe and suitable for you.

To place an order, fill in a brief questionnaire. One of our doctors will review your order and prescribe a treatment if suitable. Existing patients should login first.

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About testosterone testing

What is a testosterone test kit?

A testosterone test kit is a way of testing your testosterone levels without needing to visit a GP surgery. You take a pin-prick blood sample at home and then post it to a lab for testing.

The test kit comes with detailed instructions and Superdrug doctors are available to provide support and advice on your test and results.

Who should think about getting tested?

Why get tested?

Men:
Unusual testosterone levels could be an indicator of a number of serious health problems. Many of these conditions can intrude on everyday life and general wellbeing. If affected, you may want to understand their causes and learn what can be done to help.


Women:
If you are perimenopausal or postmenopausal and struggling with your sex drive, and you want testosterone therapy, you should get tested to make sure treatment is safe and suitable for you.

When should I get tested?

  • you’re losing muscle mass or finding it hard to exercise
  • you’re putting on a lot of weight, especially around your stomach or chest
  • you feel like you don’t have enough energy
  • you’re often tired or you have trouble sleeping
  • you have poor concentration and memory
  • you’re getting mood swings and irritability
  • your lifestyle
  • psychological problems
  • late-onset hypogonadism
  • obesity
  • diabetes type 2

You should get a testosterone test if you want to start testosterone treatment because you are experiencing symptoms like reduced sex drive, difficulty to orgasm, or lack of interest in sex.

We can provide testosterone treatment to improve your sex drive if you:

  • are a woman
  • are over 45 years old
  • are post menopausal, which means you’ve not had a period for 12 months in a row
  • are perimenopausal, which means you have menopausal symptoms with irregular periods
  • are currently using a Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) gel or patch, and have done so for at least 3 months
  • have a low sex drive not caused by other factors

What is a good testosterone level?

What can cause low testosterone levels?

Testosterone levels will normally peak in a man’s early 20s and gradually decrease over time. There are certain medical conditions and lifestyle choices which can contribute to lower levels of testosterone. These include:

  • Some medications used to treat prostate cancer
  • Injury or infection of the testicles
  • Chemotherapy
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Use of anabolic steroids
  • Obesity or extreme weight loss

Testosterone levels naturally decline as you age, much like they do with men. But low testosterone levels can also be caused by:

  • Menopause
  • Problems with your pituitary glands, ovaries, or adrenal glands
  • Long-term use of contraceptives, including contraceptive pills and patches
  • Ovarian failure (ovaries stopping functioning correctly)
  • Using certain medications
  • Tumours

How to order testosterone test kits in the UK

If you want to check your testosterone levels, you can order a testosterone test kit online, by following a few simple steps:

  • complete a short online questionnaire about your health
  • order your test kit
  • your test kit can be delivered quickly and discreetly to your chosen address

How to use the test kit

A testosterone test kit will check the levels of the male hormone ‘testosterone’ in your blood. This means that you’ll need to take some of your blood using a finger prick device called a lancet. You’ll then need to send your sample to our partner lab for testing.

You can take your sample easily at home in a few simple steps:

  • wash your hands with water and soap and dry them well
  • clean your fingertip with the swab provided in the test box (we advise you to choose a finger on your non-dominant hand: the one you don’t write with)
  • twist and remove the purple stick from one lancet, place it in the middle of your fingertip, and press the purple button at the end
  • a small drop of blood should appear
  • wipe the first drop away with a clean tissue
  • massage your fingertip to make a second drop of blood
  • use your other hand to squeeze your fingertip and drop your blood into the collection tube
  • repeat and fill the tube to the upper line
  • cover your fingertip with the plaster that comes in the test kit
  • put the lid on the collection tube and twist it several times to close it tightly
  • write your details on the collection tube
  • put the collection tube into the protective wallet, and then place this into the prepaid envelope
  • post your sample and wait for your results
  • take the test between 7am and 11am and do not have anything to eat or drink (except water) from midnight the night before (unless you have been told by a doctor you should not fast or are diabetic).
  • if you are unwell delay the test until you feel better as illness can affect the results.

Don’t worry if you have trouble getting the blood sample on your first try, or if you need more blood to fill up the collection tube. In the box you’ll find three lancets, so you can try again with another finger.

What is being tested?

A testosterone blood test is used to measure the amount of total testosterone present in the blood. Our doctors will assess the results of your test and advise whether your levels are unusual or cause for concern. This test doesn’t check levels of free testosterone.

How the results work

Your results should be available in your account within 2 or 3 days of the lab receiving your sample. In your results, you’ll see the level of total testosterone found in your blood, along with advice from a Superdrug doctor on what to do next.

Your results can be checked against the normal range of testosterone levels.

If you’re between 19 and 39 years old, your testosterone level should be over 12 nmol/L (nanomoles per litre).

If your result is low or borderline, it is recommended you repeat the test after at least 4 weeks and see your GP for further tests to find out the cause of your borderline or low testosterone level.

Normal testosterone levels range between 0 – 1.8 nmol/L (nanomoles per litre).

Will I be able to get treatment if I get tested?

If your levels of testosterone are too low (lower than 12nmol/L), a repeat test is recommended after 4 weeks. If the second test confirms that your testosterone levels are still low, you may need to be referred to a specialist by your GP to start treatment with testosterone replacement therapy. If you have seen a specialist and are already taking testosterone replacement therapy, and have been receiving treatment for a year, then you can place an order for a repeat prescription through our service.

If a test shows that your testosterone levels are in the normal range for your age, testosterone replacement therapy isn’t recommended and you will need to look into other possible causes of your symptoms.

Other possible causes of erectile dysfunction, low sex drive, fatigue, or weight gain can include mood disorders like anxiety and depression, or stress caused by a certain situation at home or work. In some cases your doctor may advise you to modify your lifestyle to improve your symptoms, including:

If you are already receiving testosterone treatment we can offer a convenient continuation service to order it online. If you haven’t been treated for low testosterone before, you’ll need to consult your GP first.

If your test shows you do not have high testosterone levels, you will be able to get testosterone therapy treatment regardless of whether it’s low or normal, provided your doctor thinks it’s right for you.

Can this test be used for fertility?

No. Even though testosterone is linked to fertility, checking your testosterone levels is not a reliable way to test your fertility. A male fertility test usually includes checking other things related to the quality of your sperm like:

Sperm cells are responsible for fertilising an egg. If your sperm count drops in number, mobility, or they have the wrong shape, they’ll be less able to fertilise an egg. Male infertility can be related to a lot of different things and lifestyle changes can help improve many of them. If you think you could be infertile, you should talk to your GP. They will be able to arrange a semen analysis for you and tell you the best ways to improve your fertility.

No. While testosterone has been linked to fertility, it is not a reliable indicator of fertility. This testosterone test should not be used by women who are looking to check for PCOS or their fertility levels.

Sources

Diagnosing and managing low serum testosterone (2014) Taylor & Francis Online [accessed 11 May 2019]

Testosterone test Lab Tests Online (2016) [accessed 11 May 2019]

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