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Biomarkers Included with the Hormones Male blood test
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Free Androgen Index
Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH)
Luteinizing Hormone (LH)
Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG)
About the Hormones Male blood test
Hormones are essential for a wide range of functions, including the male reproductive system, mood, and general wellbeing. In men, Testosterone is the main sex hormone and drives the male libido and gives rise to male characteristics. Other important hormones which are pivotal to female fertility also play an important role in men, for example Follicle Stimulating Hormone, Prolactin, etc. Measuring the levels of these hormones will help give a better understanding of your reproductive health, especially if you are having or feeling reduced libido, or other related issues.
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Biomarker information for Hormones Male blood test
Testosterone is a hormone that causes male characteristics and plays a key role in the libido for men and women. For men, it helps to regulate sex drive and has a role in controlling bone mass, fat distribution, muscle mass, strength and the production of red blood cells and sperm. Testosterone is produced in the testicles of men and, in much smaller amounts, in the ovaries of women.
Note: Reference ranges for Testosterone may vary from laboratory as they are based on the population they are testing. The normal range is set so that 95% of men will fall into it.
Androgens are male sex hormones but are also present in women. Most androgens are bound to proteins which makes them unavailable for our body to use. Measuring Free Androgen estimates the level of androgens in the blood that are ‘free’ (unbound) so are available for your body to use.
FSH is a hormone produced by the pituitary gland in the brain. This hormone is essential for producing eggs in women and producing sperm in men. In women, FSH levels peak at ovulation and can increase in menopause.
Luteinizing Hormone is a hormone produced by the pituitary gland in the brain. It plays an essential role in male and female fertility. In women, levels of LH peak before ovulation.
Prolactin is a hormone which is produced in the pituitary gland and plays a role in reproductive health. Its primary purpose is to stimulate milk production after childbirth, and in pregnant and breastfeeding women prolactin levels can soar.
Sex Hormone Binding Globulin are proteins that bind to sex hormones such as testosterone and oestrogen. When hormones are bound to SHBG, it means our body cannot use them. Measuring levels of SHBG can help to uncover if your hormone levels are right for you.
What does the Hormones Male blood test involve?
This blood test is just like a standard blood test.
You will be asked to uncover you left or right arm and suitable vein is found. A tourniquet will be placed and tightened around your upper arm allowing the veins to swell and a needle will be placed into your vein. A small quantity of blood is then drawn into tubes. Once the procedure is complete a small plaster will be placed onto the site which can be removed after a few hours.
How do I prepare
- The blood test requires access to the area of interest, therefore, it is recommended to wear loose clothing to facilitate this process.
- No specific preparation is required for this scan.
- We will require details of your GP / Health Care Professional, which may be requested before or at the time of the scan.
- Blood results require interpretation. All results should be interpreted by your regular health care professional / GP.