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The TRT Check (testosterone replacement therapy) tests for key markers in the blood to help you monitor and manage your testosterone therapy. While testosterone can have a positive impact on strength, libido, sexual performance and mood, there are risks to health, especially if taken to excess. It tests hormone levels (testosterone, free testosterone (calculated), oestrodial, prolactin) and SHBG.
This test is for men who have been taking testosterone replacement thereapy and wish to monitor its affect in their hormones and other health markers). This test should be taken before starting TRT and after 6 months for monitoring purposes. Some experts recommend beginning your monitoring programme 8 weeks after starting TRT.
We send you an easy-to-use kit to collect your blood sample.
Post your sample to our lab in the prepaid envelope provided.
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A PSA (prostate specific antigen) test is included in this health screen. PSA is a protein which can be elevated in prostate cancer. However, like all tumour marker tests, the PSA has limitations as it can be raised in benign conditions and even after recent ejaculation or bike riding. It can also be normal when cancer is present. The PSA test is accepted as a screening test for cancer., especially in men over the age of 50. An elevated result will require further investigation, some of which may be invasive e.g. biopsy, and may still lead to a negative result. However, a positive test gives you the chance to detect cancer early when treatment is more likely to be successful. Please make sure you think carefully about the risks and benefits of a PSA test before taking this test.
Our tests are not a substitute for seeing your doctor, especially if you are suffering symptoms. Our doctors will interpret your results based on the information you have provided, but will not diagnose, consult or provide any treatment. You will be advised to see your doctor for any necessary follow-up action.
Testosterone is a male sex hormone which is produced in the testicles of men and, in much smaller amounts, in the ovaries of women. It is responsible for bone and muscle strength, as well as mood, energy and sexual function.
Testosterone levels decline with age and it is unusual to find naturally elevated levels in men. Low testosterone is more common than raised testosterone in the absence of supplementation.
In women, raised testosterone can result in male characteristics such as body hair, greater bulk, a deeper voice and acne - all symptoms of polycystic ovaries, a condition in which elevated testosterone is commonly seen.
Most testosterone circulating in the blood is bound to proteins, in particular SHBG and albumin; only 2-3 % of testosterone is free and available to cells. This test uses an algorithm to calculate the level of free or unbound testosterone in relation to total testosterone, SHBG and albumin.
A low level in a male could lead to symptoms such as low libido, erectile dysfunction, depression and difficulty gaining muscle mass.
In women an elevated level could indicate polycystic ovary syndrome.
Oestradiol is a female steroid hormone which is produced in the ovaries of women and to a much lesser extent in the testes of men. It is responsible for the female reproductive system as well as the growth of breast tissue and bone thickness. Oestradiol levels decline with age, culminating in the menopause when the ovaries stop producing eggs.
Raised oestradiol in women can cause acne, constipation, loss of sex drive and depression as well as raising the risk of uterine and breast cancer.
Oestradiol can also be raised in men due to excess fat (which produces oestradiol) or in relation to testosterone levels which have declined with age. Raised oestradiol in men can cause the growth of breast tissue, the loss of libido and infertility.
Low levels of oestradiol in women can lead to osteoporosis, problems with the menstrual cycle and fertility as well as fatigue and depression.
Most of the sex hormones - testosterone, oestrogen and dihydrotestosterone (DHT) - found in your blood are bound to Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG) which means that they are unavailable to your cells. Measuring the level of SHBG in your blood gives important information about your levels of "free" or unbound hormones which are biologically active and available for use.
Elevated SHBG indicates that there is less testosterone or oestrogen available for use whereas low levels can mean an excess of available hormones.
Prolactin is a hormone which is produced in the pituitary gland and plays a role in reproductive health. Its primary purpose is to stimulate milk production after childbirth, and in pregnant and breastfeeding women prolactin levels can soar.
Raised levels in a woman who isn't pregnant or breastfeeding can signal fertility problems as well as irregular periods.
Raised levels in men can cause reduced sex drive, lack of energy, erectile disfunction and fertility problems.
We will send you your TRT Check (Testosterone Replacement Therapy) finger-prick blood sample collection kit which contains everything you need to take your blood sample in the comfort of your own home. If you are unsure about completing a finger-prick blood sample collection you will have the opportunity to select a clinic-based venous blood sample option during the checkout process.How to collect a finger-prick blood sample
Your TRT Check (Testosterone Replacement Therapy) includes 1st class postage and packaging for you to send your blood sample directly to our laboratory for analysis. If you live in an area where you cannot rely on the post or you simply want to ensure that your sample arrives at the laboratory the following day, you may wish to send your blood sample guaranteed next day delivery for extra reassurance.
Your blood sample will be analysed at one of our chosen laboratories. You can be assured of fast, accurate results from one of our accredited independent providers of clinical diagnostic tests.
Our medical team will comment on out-of-range blood results and give you follow-up advice where necessary. If you need it, a PDF copy of your TRT Check (Testosterone Replacement Therapy) results can be downloaded for your doctor.
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