Testosterone is a sex hormone made in the testicles and adrenal glands, which is important for sexual and reproductive development. You can test your testosterone levels with a simple pin-prick blood test, to check if your levels are normal. If your levels of testosterone are too low a repeat test is recommended after 4 weeks, and a referral to a specialist may be needed if your levels continue to be low. If you are then started on TRT by your specialist and attend regular check ups you could place an order for a repeat prescription through our service.
Using a home test works in the following steps:
In some cases, the doctor may need to ask for more information. They may contact you by phone, so make sure your telephone number is up to date in your online account.
You can get testosterone test kits and reorder your TRT from Superdrug Online Doctor. Fill in a short questionnaire to order treatment. Approved orders are sent out with free delivery and can be posted to your preferred address or collected in any Superdrug store.
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 and be seen by a specialist if appropriate.
Last reviewed: 1/9/2020 by Dr Clair Grainger
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Testosterone is an important sex hormone in males and it is needed for a number of different things in the body, like:
Both men and women have testosterone in their body, but women, whose testosterone is made in their ovaries, usually have a lot less compared with men. This page focuses on testosterone levels in men.
Generally, the normal total testosterone level in men is above 12 nmol/L, a borderline level is 8-12 nmol/L and a low level is <8 nmol/L. These ranges may vary slightly depending on the laboratory which performs your test.
As men get older, their testosterone levels steadily, but slowly, decrease at a rate of about 1–2% each year. On top of this, testosterone levels in men naturally vary throughout the day – they’re usually at their highest in the morning, and lowest in the late afternoon/evening.
These changes in testosterone levels usually don’t cause any problems but you might start to feel symptoms if your levels vary too much.
Low testosterone levels or ‘hypogonadism’ can be caused by various factors, which are often grouped into ‘primary’ and ‘secondary’ depending on where the problem originates from.
These suggest that there is a problem with the testicles themselves, which can be a result of:
In this case, there may be problems higher up in some parts of the brain which prevent the testicles from functioning as normal. This can be a result of:
When levels of testosterone fall too much, it can affect men both physically and psychologically. A total testosterone level considered low enough to need treatment is below 12 nmol/L. Whether you’re having symptoms and whether you wish to have children in the future are other factors in deciding if treatment is right for you or not. Treatment should only be started following a face to face review with a doctor.
Some of the most common symptoms of low testosterone are:
Some of the symptoms above could interfere with your daily life, so it's important to find the underlying cause and work out what can be done to resolve it.
When levels of testosterone become too high, some of the symptoms include:
At Superdrug Online Doctor, we offer a home testosterone blood test kit, which you can use to check your total testosterone levels. Buying and using this test is a simple, convenient process:
If you’re not comfortable doing a test at home, then you can schedule an appointment with your doctor. Your doctor will know the best time to do your test and will be able to check more than just your testosterone level, which could give a bigger picture of your general health.
If your test shows that you have low testosterone, it’s recommended that you repeat the test after at least 4 weeks for confirmation before making any decisions about further treatment. If a low total testosterone level is confirmed, you will need to have a complete check-up with your doctor to assess the cause and request a referral to a specialist before starting treatment.
If you have low testosterone levels, it’s likely that your doctor will recommend some changes in lifestyle first. These might include:
After making these changes, if they’re not effective, or your levels are very low, your doctor might refer you to a specialist called an endocrinologist, who might recommend testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). There are different forms of this kind of therapy:
Remember, if you’re receiving treatment with testosterone, then you need to have follow-up blood tests to make sure you’re responding well to treatment (which can include home testing). If you and your doctor are happy, and you’re currently receiving testosterone replacement therapy, you could reorder one of the following treatments with us:
Even though testosterone replacement therapy is generally considered safe, it can be associated with some side effects. It’s a good idea to be aware of these, since it helps you look out for them while you receive treatment. Some of the side effects include:
Not all side effects can be seen, and you might be recommended to get some tests done to check for changes while you’re receiving testosterone treatment. Some of the side effects you can test for include:
Remember that if you’re receiving testosterone replacement therapy, regular follow-up appointments with your doctor is always important. You should let them know if you’re experiencing any side effects, even if you don’t think they’re serious. Your doctor might be able to make some suggestions that can help.
If you experience any of these rare, serious side effects, then you should contact emergency services immediately:
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