WHAT IS TESTED FOR IN A PRE-TESTOSTERONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY PANEL?
The Pre-Testosterone Therapy Panel consists of the following tests:
1. Testosterone (Free/Total)
2. Complete Blood Count
3. Comprehensive Metabolic Panel
5. Lipid Panel
6. Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA)
7. Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) / Thyroid Hormone (T4) (Free)
AM I REQUIRED TO FAST FOR THIS LAB TEST?
Yes. You must fast at least eight (8) hours prior to having your specimen collected.
WHAT IS THE PRICE OF THE PRE-TESTOSTERONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY PANEL?
*Price may vary by location – contact your local ANY LAB TEST NOW®
Testosterone is a male hormone that helps to maintain bone density, fat distribution, muscle strength and mass, red blood cell production, sex drive and sperm production. As men age, levels of testosterone naturally decline by about 1% per year after age 30. Extremely low levels of testosterone may be caused by a disease (hypogonadism) in which the body isn’t able to produce enough of the hormone because of a problem with the testicles or the pituitary gland which promotes testosterone production.
When a decline in testosterone impacts the ability to function due to fatigue and low energy or an inability to achieve an erection, it may be time to consider androgen replacement therapy to replace the testosterone. If you are considering this there are many bodily functions that need to be checked before you begin therapy. If you have underlying issues that have not yet been diagnosed the increase in testosterone can cause serious health problems.
WHY DO I NEED TO HAVE THESE TESTS PERFORMED PRIOR TO CONSIDERING TESTOSTERONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY?
Are you considering testosterone therapy due to low energy, low sex drive, physical changes or insomnia?
If you are considering androgen/testosterone replacement therapy you need to be aware of your overall health so that you are not surprised by new health problems that pop up once you begin therapy. These screening may uncover underlying issues so that these can be treated before you begin therapy. In some cases you will not be eligible to receive testosterone therapy if you have one of these conditions because they can cause serious symptoms and health issues. These potential issues include:
- Increased PSA levels and a risk of prostate cancer
- Abnormal complete blood count which can indicate blood disorders or risk of blood clots and strokes
- Fluid retention and swelling if kidney and/or liver function are previously compromised
- Sleep apnea
TESTOSTERONE, FREE (MALE):
|18-69 years||35-155 pg/mL|
|70-89 years||30-135 pg/mL|
|≥18 years||250-1100 ng/dL|
Complete Blood Count
Please see CBC Panel for test value ranges
Comprehensive Metabolic Panel
Please see Comprehensive Metabolic Panel for test value ranges
Men should have Estradiol levels lower or equal to 29 mL. In women, the level is determined by where you are in your menstrual cycle. Women’s ranges are below:
Normal ranges can depend on sex and age. Below are the ranges for a healthy adult.
|Total Cholesterol||Desirable levels are less than 200 mg/dL Borderline normal levels are 200‐239 mg/dL|
|HDL Cholesterol||Desirable levels are 60 mg/dL or above|
|LDL Cholesterol||Optimal levels are less than 100 mg/dL Near Optimal levels are 100‐129 mg/dLBorderline normal levels are 130‐159 mg/dL|
|Triglycerides||Normal levels are less than 150 mg/dL Borderline normal levels are 150‐199 mg/dL|
Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA)
Levels of 4.0 ng/mL and less are considered to be normal.
Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) / Thyroid Hormone (T4) (Free)
|TSH||0.5 ‐ 6.0 µ units/mL|
|T4 (Free)||5 to 13.5 µg/dL|
|<1 Year||Not established|
|1-9 Years||0.9-1.6 ng/dL|
|10-18 Years||0.9-1.4 ng/dL|
|>18 Years||0.8-1.8 ng/dL|
HIGH RESULTS INDICATE:
High results will depend upon the specific test.
LOW RESULTS INDICATE:
Low results will depend upon the specific test.
WHAT TYPE OF DOCTOR SHOULD I SEE IF MY TEST RESULTS ARE ABNORMAL OR OUT OF RANGE?
You should see your primary care physician.