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Male Hormone Screen

Male hormone level testing

Unlike women, men do not experience a sudden, dramatic shift in their hormone levels when they reach this time in their life, but in some cases, a gradual decline in testosterone can cause symptoms.

Some common symptoms for men in their late 40s and early 50s include depression, erectile dysfunction, loss of libido (sex drive), and other physical and emotional symptoms. These include:
Decreased muscle mass

  • Fatigue and a lack of enthusiasm or energy
  • Mood swings
  • Hot flush
  • Fat redistribution, such as developing a large belly or “man boobs” (gynaecomastia)
  • Increased sweating
  • Poor concentration and short-term memory
  • Irritability

These symptoms are not necessarily caused by hormonal changes, and more likely to be due to stress, anxiety, and certain lifestyle patterns. But they can interfere with everyday life and happiness, so it’s important to find the underlying cause and work out what can be done to resolve it.

Procedure

Preparing for test

There is no specific preparation advice for this test. The requesting doctor will provide you with all necessary information.

During the test

This test is a simple blood test. A needle is inserted into a vein, usually on the inner arm near the elbow, and a small amount of blood is drawn. You may feel a pricking or scratching sensation.

Type of sample taken:

Blood

Results

If the testing was requested by our clinic, one of our doctors will call you with an explanation of the results and suggestions for follow-ups if needed. After the discussion with the doctor you will receive by email a copy of the results for your records.

If the testing was requested by a diferent clinic we will email you the results to the address provided at registration.

FAQ

Do men experience menopause?

Not all men experience the same level of hormonal decline, but when testosterone levels significantly decrease, the doctor may diagnose you with andropause.

The testes do secrete lower levels of testosterone with age, which can lead to symptoms such as loss of libido, depression, fatigue, and irritability.

Are there any medications which affect hormone levels?

Yes, some prescription medications can affect testosterone levels, including treatments for fungal infections, GERD, high blood pressure, and heart failure, as well as statins, antidepressants and chemotherapy drugs.

Some opioids (pain relief) may also affect testosterone. Speak to your doctor if you are concerned about medication and hormone levels.

Are there any natural ways to boost testosterone levels?

Yes. Exercising regularly and, if possible, having more sex, can increase your body’s testosterone levels. Overweight can reduce the amount of testosterone available to the body, so losing weight can also help.

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Please note that Walk In Clinic is a private medical centre and not an NHS service.