Male Hormones Test
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Are you concerned about having low testosterone, having a low sex drive, or your potential fertility? Are you suffering from mood changes, loss of muscle mass or low energy levels?
Male hormone imbalances can impact your everyday health in lots of different ways.
- Provides results for 9 key male hormone markers
- Simple at-home finger-prick blood test. No social interaction required
- Provides hospital standard, easy-to-read results
- Provides clear information and signposting to see your GP if required
- Suitable for men aged 20 and over
- Sample needs to be taken in the morning
- Only available in the UK
Optimise your health at home.
Take control of your health in a positive way. Understand whether your male hormones status may be impacting your health and what you can do to help yourself.
Using a quick and easy home-to-laboratory finger-prick blood test. Get your results within 7 days.
Be aware that finding out your male hormone levels is the first step to making positive changes. It is also easy to track your hormone levels over time to see how they are changing with age.
Take steps to change your life for the better.
Measuring your male hormone status is important, particularly if you……
- want to know more about what might be impacting your health
- are experiencing reduced sex drive (libido) and/or erectile dysfunction
- are concerned about your fertility
- have low energy levels
- suffer from weight gain
- suffer from mood swings
- have trouble sleeping
- are concerned about a drop in your exercise performance
- are concerned about a reduction in muscle mass
- suffer from poor concentration
- are intrigued to find out more
What's In The Test?
Home to laboratory test kit
What’s in the Male Hormones Test
Your kit includes a free return envelope, making it easy for you to post your sample back to us securely. You can leave the rest to us, while our team of diagnostic experts analyse your sample with our partner laboratory.
- Male Hormones Test instructions
- A prepaid return envelope (England, Scotland, and Wales only)
- Two single-use lancets
- One blood collection tube
- One plastic blood collection tube case
- Two adhesive plasters
- A cleansing wipe
What We Test For
LH and FSH
LH and FSH are hormones produced by the pituitary gland in the brain. These hormones play a role in male fertility.
Testosterone is the main male sex hormone that impacts sex drive (libido), fertility, muscle mass, energy levels and mood.
Oestradiol is the main female sex hormone, but it is also an essential hormone in men too.
Note: a recent study has shown that finger-prick blood collection can result in approximately 20% lower oestradiol results than blood collected by venous full blood draw. For more information refer to our Terms and Conditions.
Prolactin is a hormone that is produced by the pituitary gland in the brain. This hormone is known for stimulating milk production in women after childbirth, but it has other important functions in men too. High levels can impact male sexual health.
Albumin and Sex-hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG)
Albumin and Sex-hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG) are key proteins that bind testosterone as it circulates in your blood. These results provide important information to help calculate the level of testosterone that is biologically active and available for use.
Free Androgen Index (FAI) and Free Testosterone
Free Androgen Index (FAI) and Free Testosterone are markers of how much “active” and “bioavailable” testosterone is circulating in your body. These provide better markers of male hormone status than testosterone alone.
Male Hormones Test - FAQs
What are the main sex hormones that affect men’s health?
- LH and FSH are hormones produced by the pituitary gland in the brain. These hormones play a role in male fertility.
- Testosterone is the main male sex hormone that impacts sex drive (libido), fertility, muscle mass, energy levels and mood.
- Oestradiol is the main female sex hormone, but it is also an essential hormone in men too.
- Prolactin is a hormone that is produced by the pituitary gland in the brain. This hormone is known for stimulating milk production in women after childbirth, but it has other important functions in men too. High levels can impact male sexual health.
- Albumin and Sex-hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG) are key proteins that bind testosterone as it circulates in your blood. These results provide important information to help calculate the level of testosterone that is biologically active and available for use.
- Free Androgen Index (FAI) and Free Testosterone are markers of how much “active” and “bioavailable” testosterone is circulating in your body. These provide better markers of male sex hormone status than testosterone alone.
How do I know if my testosterone levels are low?
If you have low testosterone levels or hypogonadism, you may experience some of the following symptoms:
- Loss of energy and fatigue
- Low libido (sex drive)
- Erection problems, especially a loss of morning erections
- Depression and/or anxiety
- Weight gain
- Irritability, mood swings
- Night sweats or trouble sleeping
- A reduction in muscle mass or joint pains
What if I have high testosterone levels?
As well as having low level, a man may have a high level of testosterone which may come with symptoms such as:
- High blood pressure
- High libido
- Excessive hair growth
- Low sperm count and infertility
High levels of testosterone, known as hypergonadism, may be caused by underlying health conditions and can also be caused by steroid usage or testosterone-based supplements.
How does our at-home male hormones test work?
YorkTest offers a reliable Male Hormones Test that you can do from the comfort of home. The YorkTest Male Hormones Test kit consists of a simple finger-prick blood sample that is used to measure your male sex hormone levels.
Once you’ve placed your order, we will send you a kit containing everything you need to supply us with a small blood sample. This involves a simple prick of the finger with a small, sterilised lancet, which you can carry out in the comfort of your own home. You then post this sample to our partner laboratory in the pre-paid envelope provided and we’ll do the rest! The results are provided in an easy to read format, with a clear indication about what to do next..
Disclaimer: Our test results are for information only and are not a substitute for professional medical advice. The results cannot be used to diagnose, treat or cure medical or health conditions. If you’re concerned about your symptoms, please seek medical advice from your GP or other medical professionals.
Why is it important to measure more than just testosterone levels?
Hormones act as chemical messengers transported through our bodies via the bloodstream regulating various functions in the body, such as metabolism, growth, and reproduction. In males, testosterone is responsible for the development of primary sex characteristics (genitalia and reproductive organs), secondary sex characteristics (body hair, voice pitch, bone structure, etc.), the production of sperm, and sex drive.
Produced mainly in the liver, sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG) binds certain hormones, including testosterone and oestradiol. SHBG binds these hormones and carries them throughout your bloodstream. In this bound state these hormones aren’t available for your cells to use. If you have low SHBG levels, your body has more unbound sex hormones available for use however if your SHBG levels are high, your body may have fewer free sex hormones at its disposal.
Other hormones also important in males are the reproductive hormones FSH and LH made by pituitary gland which work together to produce testosterone. When LH or FSH levels are high in men, it means that the testes may not be fully functioning and if the levels are low, something might be out of balance with either hypothalamus or the pituitary gland.
Prolactin is a hormone that promotes breast development and breast milk production in women, but it’s present in both genders. Testing prolactin levels can inform on problems with the pituitary gland or hypothalamus and can help understand possible symptoms.
Oestradiol is crucial to male sexuality and increases with age, low levels are not generally impactful. High levels can be caused by certain medications or factors such as stress, weight gain or even conditions affecting the liver.
What’s the difference between total testosterone and free testosterone?
Total testosterone measures the total level of testosterone hormone in your blood. Low testosterone can lead to the symptoms of the male menopause (andropause).
Free testosterone is the calculation of the remainder of the male hormone not bound by blood proteins.
Do testosterone and other male hormone levels determine my sperm count?
Testosterone and other male hormone levels provided in the test results do not give an indication of sperm count. However, there can be a relationship between these circulating sex hormones and sperm quality and levels.