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Biomarkers Included with the Low Sex Drive (Male) blood test
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Free Androgen Index
Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG)
Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH)
Luteinizing Hormone (LH)
About the Low Sex Drive (Male) blood test
Loss of libido (sex drive) is a common problem affecting up to 1 in 5 men. However, an unexpected loss of libido, especially if it lasts for a long time or keeps coming back, can be a sign of a medical, personal, or lifestyle problem. This can be a problem for both people in a relationship.
Testosterone is the primary male sex hormone that causes male characteristics. It regulates the male sex drive and has an impact on bone mass, fat distribution, muscle mass, strength, and the production of red blood cells and sperm. Therefore this test checks a number of key male hormones to help identify reduced libido, male menopause (andropause) issues.
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Biomarker information for Low Sex Drive (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.
DHEA-S is the most abundant steroid hormone in the blood. Produced in the adrenal glands it is responsible for male characteristics in both men and women. Studies have shown that healthy levels of DHEA-S are associated with several health benefits, including protection from cardiovascular disease, some cancers and decreased insulin resistance.
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.
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.
What does the Low Sex Drive (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.