How to Check Testosterone Levels — The Truth About Testing at Home
If you’re wondering how to check testosterone levels on your own, you’re probably thinking about getting an at-home test.
I urge you not to do so.
You see, at home testosterone testing, while technically possible, carries a variety of risks.
Now, the testing itself isn’t going to hurt you (probably), but what happens afterwards is what concerns me.
Testosterone testing is often just the beginning for our patients — we want to look at all your hormones (and other health markers) to see if there are additional issues. If we’re talking about how to check testosterone levels, there’s really only one answer — have a medical provider check them (along with several other hormones).
Basing treatment off a single metric isn’t exactly the best idea in the world.
Further, these tests must be performed very carefully, at specific times, and under specific conditions. Even something as simple as exercise may skew the results.
This could lead to a whole host of problems. Suppose you test your levels and they show lower than they actually are? There’s no way for you to know that though, which could lead to a self-administered treatment that’s unwise at best, and harmful at worst.
Testosterone boosters are already products that we recommend against, but suppose they work as intended.
This is great if the test is accurate… at first. But testosterone replacement therapy requires fine tuning and mitigation of potential side effects. The amount we begin a patient at may change over time. We may need to add other hormones or medications to the mix to balance certain side effects, or we may need to stop treatment entirely.
This all requires careful management, monitoring, and control, all of which must be done by a medical provider who has experience with testosterone replacement therapy.
It’s not the place to try your amateur medical skills.
If You’re Wondering How to Check Testosterone Levels on Your Own, Go to a Medical Provider
Many people wish to control their hormones on their own because they’re afraid of high costs. An unfortunate truth about much of medical care today is that costs are high.
However, you might be surprised to learn that the cost for testosterone testing, even through a laboratory and through a medical professional, may cost less than an at-home testosterone testing kit.
For instance, our total and free testosterone test is only $25.
Now, we’re able to provide this test at a low cost for a variety for reasons, but my point is that you should do your homework. Don’t assume that doing something done at home is going to save you a few bucks.
But more importantly, think about what you’re costing yourself down the road. If you’re wondering how to check testosterone levels yourself, you’re probably doing so to save money.
Unfortunately, you usually get what you pay for, and a cheap test at home may mislead you into getting treatment you don’t need (or, just as bad, mislead you into thinking you’re fine when you’re not).
Another thing to consider is this: What actually constitutes low testosterone? Your baseline may be very different from another person’s. That’s why testing with a trained hormone provider is so crucial — you might not even be able to interpret your results correctly.
Finally, symptoms that seem to be related to hormone levels could have a completely different cause. Our blood test will discover if your hormones are at issue, and then we can try to track down the actual cause. It’s quite possible that your hormones aren’t behind your symptoms.
We’ve actually tested individuals only to find out that another serious illness was the root.
Don’t leave this up to chance.
Click the button to learn more about the $25 Low T Test.
—Augie Galindo, PA-C