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Testosterone Test - Overview
A testosterone test measures testosterone levels in the blood. People in need of accurate, medical-grade testosterone blood testing often find it difficult to get a lab order for testosterone testing from a licensed medical provider so that they can get tested. Through Push Health, people can request testosterone testing from a local medical provider and get tested at a local lab like Quest Diagnostics for an affordable price.
What Is Testosterone?
Testosterone is a type of compound in the body known as a hormone. Testosterone belongs to a class of hormones known as steroid hormones and has an important role in the development and maintenance of male sexual characteristics. Specifically, testosterone is involved with muscle and bone health, mood stability and growth of the male reproductive organs. Testosterone also plays a role in women's health although it is not thought to be as significant as the role it plays in men.
Testosterone levels can drop for a variety of reasons, including aging, and low testosterone levels can result in a variety of symptoms. Symptoms of low testosterone include fatigue, low libido, and mood changes, making it a difficult condition to diagnose. Fortunately, testosterone levels are measurable using a medical lab test known as a testosterone test.
Testosterone Blood Testing
The standard way that medical providers measure testosterone levels is using a testosterone blood test through FDA-certified labs like Quest Diagnostics. Through Push Health, one can simply request a testosterone test online and, in most cases, a medical provider in the area will be able to review and approve the lab order. After the blood is drawn at the selected lab location, the lab test results are generally available approximately 4 business days after the blood draw in one's Push Health account.
Testosterone At Home Kits - Reliable?
Many people have seen testosterone test kits available on various websites. How does medical testosterone level testing compare to at home testosterone test kits? While at home testosterone kits certainly offer convenience, many types of lab test kits are offered by lab companies that are not certified by governing bodies such as CLIA or the FDA. The concern with testosterone test kits from such laboratories is that testosterone test results may be highly inaccurate, leading to incorrect information and management. For most people, the strategy that yields the most accurate results is to get testosterone blood testing through the types of reputable and certified medical labs utilized by Push Health (e.g. Quest Diagnostics).
Low Testosterone Replacement Therapy
Low testosterone levels can be treated with testosterone replacement therapy. Testosterone replacement therapy can be done in a number of ways. Medically, many providers use testosterone cypionate as a base for testosterone cream and testosterone injections. Some people also try changes in their diet, over-the-counter (OTC) testosterone boosters and testosterone supplements or other sorts of pills. Many people respond favorably to testosterone replacement therapy and notice improvements in their symptoms as their testosterone levels rise again. Please note that, unfortunately, testosterone replacement medications cannot be prescribed through Push Health for people who do have low testosterone levels identified during blood testing.
Testosterone Testing - Summary
Testosterone testing is a helpful way to determine if one is experiencing potentially correctable symptoms related to low testosterone levels. Unfortunately, getting access to a testosterone blood test is not always easy through standard medical offices. Push Health is a convenient and affordable way that helps people who are interested in getting a testosterone test connect with a licensed medical provider who can order testosterone lab testing that can be done at a local lab.
Last updated January 13, 2020. Given the evolving nature of medicine and science, this information might not be accurate and should not be construed as medical advice or diagnosis / treatment recommendations. Please consult a licensed medical provider if you have additional questions. Please call 911 immediately or go to the nearest emergency room if you believe you are experiencing a medical emergency.