Having normal testosterone levels is important for your health. Health problems such as infertility, mood disorders, and fatigue are at times a result of abnormal levels of testosterone in your body. Once a proper diagnosis has been made, both you and your doctor can discuss available treatment options for your condition and the best course of action for you to take.
Through My Lab ReQuest, Sonora Quest Laboratories allows you to order your own lab tests to check your testosterone levels. Take charge of your health and order the testing you need to make more educated decisions regarding the management of your health. Schedule your appointment, access your test results, and pay for your screening all online. Test results are completely confidential and can be accessed privately using our secure results portal.
To learn more about our testosterone and its role in your health, read the information below and view a list of our available screenings to check your testosterone levels.
What is testosterone?
Testosterone is a sex hormone found in both men and women. While both men and women have the hormone, men produce higher quantities of testosterone than women do. In men, testosterone is produced in the testicles, and is responsible for the development of male sexual characteristics and other processes in the male body. In women, testosterone is produced primarily in the ovaries, and plays an important part in women’s fertility and the overall health of women. Given the varying levels of testosterone in men and women, high or low levels of testosterone can present themselves differently in men and women.
Men are much more likely to suffer from low testosterone than from high testosterone. Low testosterone is also much more common in men as they age. In fact, in a study on low testosterone, it was found that up to 39% of males over the age of 45 may suffer from low testosterone. Some of the most common symptoms of low testosterone for men include low energy levels, infertility, and low muscle mass, among other symptoms.
In women, high testosterone is highly prevalent in premenopausal women suffering from polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a common disease that affects one in ten women of childbearing age. Some common symptoms of PCOS include irregular menstruation, acne, and weight gain, among other symptoms.
What are the symptoms of low and high testosterone?
The symptoms of abnormal testosterone levels can vary for both men and women.
For men, the most common symptoms of low testosterone are:
- Low sex drive
- Difficulty getting an erection
- Development of breast tissue
- Fertility problems
- Loss of muscle mass
- Hair loss
- Weak bones
The most common symptoms of high testosterone for men are:
High testosterone can also lead to reduced sperm counts for men, increase the risk of heart attack and liver disease, and can increase the risk of blood clots.
In women, the most common symptoms of high testosterone are:
- Excess body and facial hair
- Deepening of the voice
- Menstrual irregularities
- Weight gain
While not common, women may suffer from low levels of testosterone. Symptoms of low testosterone for women include:
- Low libido
- Poor concentration
What are normal testosterone levels?
According to the National Institutes of Health, normal testosterone levels for men and women are as follows:
- Men — 300 to 1,000 nanograms per deciliter (ng/dL) or 10.41 to 34.70 nanomoles per liter (nmol/L)
- Women — 15 to 70 ng/dL or 0.52 to 2.43 nmol/L
When should you get tested?
One of the most common reasons to test your testosterone levels is if you are struggling with infertility. A testosterone test can help to identify underlying conditions which may Additionally, if you are a male struggling with low sex drive and difficulty in developing an erection or if you are a female with excess body or facial hair, then a testosterone test may be right for you.
Available Testosterone Screenings
Testosterone, Total & Free
Measures the level of total and free testosterone in your blood and may be useful as a follow-up test for an abnormal Testosterone, Total.
Testosterone, Total (Adult Male)
This test measures testosterone, a key hormone that affects sex drive, fertility, muscle mass, and bone health. Testosterone levels that are too high or low may increase the risk for erectile dysfunction, infertility, and bone health problems like osteoporosis. This test is for men only.
Testosterone, Total (Women/Children)
Measures the level of total testosterone in your blood.
*It is solely your responsibility to promptly discuss all laboratory test results with a physician. Neither Sonora Quest Laboratories nor its Medical Director will provide interpretation, counseling, consulting, or care recommendations on the basis of any laboratory results provided to you.