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How do I get tested for low testosterone?


To get tested for low testosterone, you should see one of our providers here at Optimal Male TRT. They may order a testosterone test if you have symptoms that are indicative of low testosterone.


Testosterone tests are blood tests. During the test, your healthcare provider will clean an area of your arm with rubbing alcohol and insert a small needle into your arm vein to collect a blood sample. Testosterone levels vary and are generally highest in the morning, so blood testing is usually done early in the day, before 10 a.m..


How long does it take to get results?


The time it takes to get results from a testosterone test can vary depending on the laboratory and healthcare provider. In general, it may take a few days to a week to receive your results. Your healthcare provider will be able to give you more specific information about when you can expect your results.



What other lab work will I be tested for?


The following additional labs will be drawn:


CBC (with differential and platelets)

CMP (comprehensive metabolic panel

HbA1c

Lipid panel

PSA, total

TSH w/ reflex to T4

Vitamin D, 1,25-dihydroxy

Urnalysis with reflex to microscopic

Testosterone, free and total

Prolactin

FSH (follicle stimulating hormone)

LH (luteinizing hormone) 

Ultrasensitive estradiol

SHBG (sex hormone binding globulin)




How often should I get tested for low testosterone?


If you are prescribed testosterone replacement therapy, we will request that you obtain lab draws every three months so that we can adjust your dosage in order to maintain your level in an optimal therapeutic window. We will have a follow-up phone call with you after this repeat lab draw to discuss your results and any changes that we recommend.

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