Find out the full picture of your hormone levels: testosterone, estrogen, cortisol, and thyroid levels. Detect a hormonal imbalance and get a personalized treatment based on your results.
What is a testosterone levels test?
Testosterone is the main sex hormone in males. During a boy’s puberty, testosterone causes the growth of body hair, muscle development, and deepening of the voice. In adult men, it controls sex drive, maintains muscle mass, and helps make sperm. Women also have testosterone in their bodies, but in much smaller amounts.
This test measures the levels of testosterone in your blood. Most of the testosterone in the blood is attached to proteins. Testosterone that is not attached to a protein is called free testosterone. There are two main types of testosterone tests:
- Total testosterone, which measures both attached and free testosterone.
- Free testosterone, which measures just free testosterone. Free testosterone can give more information about certain medical conditions.
- Testosterone levels that are too low (low T) or too high (high T) can cause health problems in both men and women.
Other names: serum testosterone, total testosterone, free testosterone, bioavailable testosterone
What is it used for?
A testosterone levels test may be used to diagnose several conditions, including:
- Decreased sex drive in men and women
- Infertility in men and women
- Erectile dysfunction in men
- Tumors of testicles in men
- Early or delayed puberty in boys
- Excess body hair growth and development of masculine features in women
- Irregular menstrual periods in women
What is a HGH levels test?
The HGH levels test comprises a blood analysis of a variety of different panels (blood markers). The hormone specialist looks at your complete blood count (CBC), lipid panel, and a variety of hormone levels to check for imbalances.
To accurately assess HGH levels, you will not eat or drink anything after midnight of the evening before your scheduled test. The blood specimen collection takes place first thing in the morning at a laboratory in your area.
Once the doctor receives the results from the lab, he or she can assess your situation by comparing the findings to your physical examination report. An assessment of your symptoms and health history complete the diagnostic process.
Blood analysis measures HGH levels to determine a deficiency.
How Do I Increase Low HGH Levels?
Depending on the blood test results, there are a variety of options to increase low HGH levels. The severity of your growth hormone decline may dictate which treatment selection best suits your needs. If you have the physical signs of growth hormone deficiency, and your HGH levels blood test shows low levels, the best option is HGH therapy. The daily administration of human growth hormone injections provides an immediate boost in HGH levels. You will begin to see the results of this treatment within the first two weeks. Benefits continue throughout the initial six-month treatment protocol. At that time, you and the doctor will reassess your options.
For adults in the early stage of HGH decline, treatment with sermorelin is often the better option. Sermorelin is a secretagogue that boosts natural HGH production. The results take longer, usually a few months, but that is not a problem since there is typically an absence of severe symptoms.
Before a decline occurs, getting at least seven hours of sleep each night, exercising, reducing stress, and proper dietary intake can help boost HGH levels.
You can increase HGH levels with HGH therapy, sermorelin, or natural means, depending on your deficiency.