What Makes Our Hormone Test Different?
Testosterone is responsible for many aspects of your health including sex drive, bone mass, fat and muscle mass, strength, and the production of red blood cells and sperm. At Male Excel we’re not just looking to see if you have acceptable testosterone levels, but whether you have OPTIMAL levels.
Estradiol plays a key role in libido, erectile function, and the production of sperm. Estradiol can be formed from testosterone or from visceral fat. Estradiol from testosterone is normal and necessary, whereas estradiol from visceral fat can put your testosterone ratio out of balance. By testing your estradiol levels, we can see whether your hormones have the proper balance.
DHEA Sulfate is a hormone created by the adrenal gland. DHEA-S plays an important role in the production of testosterone. Low levels of DHEA-S due to aging can cause erectile problems and decreased sex drive. The symptoms of low DHEA-S can be treated by testosterone therapy alone or, if needed, DHEA can be taken as a supplement.
Free T3 is one of the best indicators of overall thyroid health. Your thyroid is important to many bodily functions, including your metabolism, energy levels, growth and development, and body temperature. Low thyroid can cause symptoms like fatigue, weight gain, muscle weakness, thinning hair, and depression. If your thyroid levels are low, our doctors can prescribe desiccated thyroid to combat these symptoms.
PSA Test (Prostate-Specific Antigen)
Finally, we test your Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) levels. Too high of PSA levels can indicate a prostate problem, such as an enlarged prostate or prostate cancer. It is important that you avoid sexual activity, intense exercise, and riding a bike for 48 hours before taking your test, as these can all increase PSA levels and affect the test results. If your test does show high PSA, you will be asked to see a doctor or complete another test to make sure there isn’t an underlying health condition.
By testing these 5 hormone levels, we can understand different key aspects of your hormonal health, giving us a more complete view and allowing our physicians to give you the best treatment plan for your individual needs.
Blood spot testing
Dried blood spot is a form of testing where patients prick their finger with a lancet and place 12 blood drops on a filter card. The test includes a filter card, two spring-loaded lancets, an instruction pamphlet, and alcohol wipes. Once dry, the blood spot test kit can be returned in the provided envelope for lab testing.
Why measure in blood spot?
Blood spot is ideal for measuring hormones and other analytes. Unlike traditional serum, there is no need for a blood draw – saving you time and money. Male Excel partners with one of the only labs to offer the dried blood spot method commercially.
No Office Visit
No Needles, No Office Visit
Male Excel’s blood spot collection eliminates the need for blood draw needles and fees, as well as the need to see a phlebotomist. Patients can collect their sample easily and conveniently from their own home. Research also shows that blood spot is more accurate than traditional testing for measuring blood hormone levels in patients on hormone treatments.
Unlike other labs, patients do not need to stop hormone supplementation to use Male Excel’s testing because we have ranges adjusted for age and supplementation types. Because of this, blood spot testing is the ideal method for tracking the effectiveness of hormone treatments.