When should I get a testosterone test?
The National Institutes of Health recommends a testosterone test for anyone with symptoms of low or high testosterone. Women are more likely to notice symptoms of high testosterone, while men are more likely to experience symptoms of low testosterone.
DM6’s Testosterone Monitoring Test is calibrated for men or for people who were assigned male at birth.
Symptoms of low testosterone in men include low sex drive, depression, irritability, breast tissue growth, muscle loss and erectile dysfunction.
How does a testosterone test work?
Your testosterone levels can be tested with a blood draw at your doctor’s office or with a home testosterone test kit. For a test at a doctor’s office, you travel to your clinic, where a nurse draws your blood with a needle. Because they use conventional equipment, the nurse takes about a teaspoon or
more of blood. Home tests are sent to labs that use updated lab machines, which only require a few drops of blood.
For both a home or doctor’s office test, a special machine measures the amount of testosterone in the blood. Within a few days, you’ll get your blood testosterone count. The result will indicate whether this is normal, high or low. Various conditions can cause high or low testosterone, including an over- or underactive thyroid, infection and much more.
How do I test testosterone levels at home?
Order your DM6 Health testosterone test by clicking the “Add to cart” button above. You’ll get the kit in the mail within a few days. Then, simply follow the instructions. You’ll prick your finger using a button on our lancet device. (You won’t even see the needle!) You’ll place a few blood drops on the blood spot card, package it up and send your sample to our lab. We provide the return label and packaging to make everything super simple.
What is considered a normal testosterone level for men?
Healthy post-pubescent males over the age of 19 have a testosterone level of between 300ng/dL and 1000ng/dL. If you are above or below that range, it can be considered an issue.
What will my results tell me?
Your results will provide detailed information on whether your testosterone level is normal, low, or high compared to reference ranges in your age group. If you’re experiencing signs and symptoms of low hormone levels, sharing your test results with your health care provider can help them recommend possible next steps to take.
Is this test relevant for women?
This testosterone test is calibrated to the standard levels of testosterone found in post-pubescent men. While women may want to take testosterone tests for conditions like Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)⁷, the qualitative results are calibrated to the male sex. Please consult your physician if you are interested in using our at-home testosterone test for female use.
Can this test help me learn if my lifestyle changes are working?
Yes. For example; if you are on hormone replacement therapy for testosterone, this is an ideal test to take regularly to see if your levels are increasing to a normal, healthy range. If you are not on hormone replacement therapy and you have low testosterone, there are natural lifestyle changes you can make to help — such as getting a good night's sleep, decreasing alcohol consumption and regularly exercising. Read more about ways to increase testosterone naturally.