Several laboratory tests can be performed to assess testosterone levels in the body. The most common tests are:
Total testosterone: This test measures the total amount of testosterone in the blood, including both bound and unbound forms.
Free testosterone: This test measures the amount of testosterone that is not bound to proteins in the blood and is available to be used by the body.
Bioavailable testosterone: This test measures the amount of testosterone that is both free and bound to albumin, a protein in the blood that helps transport hormones.
Sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG): This test measures the amount of protein that binds to testosterone in the blood. Higher levels of SHBG can result in lower levels of free testosterone.
Dihydrotestosterone (DHT): This test measures the levels of DHT, a derivative of testosterone that is responsible for the development of male secondary sexual characteristics.
Ultra-sensitive Estradiol: Recommended for men, providing a more sensitive reliable test to evaluate estrogen in a man's body
It's important to note that the specific tests that are performed may vary depending on the individual's symptoms and medical history, as well as the preferences of the healthcare provider. Contact the Optimal T Staff for further evaluation and assessment.