Testosterone testing is used in diagnosing various hormonal conditions in men, women, and children.
This hormone is produced by the pituitary gland in the body. It is responsible for the proper growth and development of the sexual organs in both males and females. Fluctuation of the level of testosterone in the body may cause conditions such as PCOS for females and infertility in males.
Why get tested?
This test helps in measuring the total level of testosterone being produced in the body. The conventional testosterone in males is higher than that of females.
What it measures?
The testosterone total test helps in measuring the level of testosterone that is present in the blood. The testosterone travels through the blood in two forms, one is a free (unbound) and the other attaches itself to proteins and other hormones. This test measures the total of both these types.
This test includes
There are certain medicines that may affect the testosterone levels in the body and may end up giving a falsified result. Thus, the patients are advised to inform the doctor about the medicines they are administering. Certain medicines like steroids, barbiturates, and anticonvulsants may affect the test results.
As the levels of testosterone are highest in the morning, the doctor may advise the patient to take the test early in the morning.