Male Hormone Test
Our Male Hormone Test measures testosterone and SHBG to help identify abnormal androgen status.
What does it measure?
Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG) and
Free Androgen Index (FAI)
About this test
About this test
Following puberty, male hormones carry out a variety of functions including sperm production, maintaining a healthy sex drive, maintaining muscle strength and mass, red blood cell production, and healthy bone density.
Healthy sperm counts have dropped by 50% in the last 40 years globally. Hormonal imbalances and reduced testosterone are becoming commonplace as leading concerns in modern male health.
Symptoms of hormonal imbalances may include:
Low energy or fatigue
Low sex drive or libido
Anxiety, depression or brain fog
Enlarged breast tissue
Loss of bone density
Hypopituitarism (Reduction of overall hormone production from the pituitary gland.)
When to test
You should consider taking the male hormone test if:
You are interested in learning more about your hormones
You suffer from chronic stress
You constantly feel run down
You are body-building competitively
You take or have taken anabolic steroids*
You are obese
You have a family history of low testosterone
You suffer from thyroid issues
You should collect your samples Monday-Friday, in the morning while fasting, and ensure your return is scheduled for the same day. Fasting means that you don’t eat or drink anything besides water overnight for 8 hours before collecting your sample. Always follow the advice of your healthcare provider with regards to fasting, particularly if you have any medical conditions.
*The accuracy of your test results may be affected if you have used anabolic steroids or other steroid or hormone-containing medication within the last 3-6 months, or if you have used steroid creams within the last week.
Biotin (B7) supplements may also impact your test results. Wait at least 8 hours after your last dose before collecting your sample.
This test is not suitable for anyone under the age of 18.
Testosterone is a steroid hormone that plays a key role in development of secondary sex characteristics, fertility, muscle strength, and bone health.
Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG)
Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG) is made by your liver. SHBG transports and controls how much of these hormones are available for your body to use. SHBG levels that are too high or too low can be a sign that there are too much or too little hormones available for your body to use.
Free Androgen Index (FAI)
Free Androgen Index (FAI) is a ratio that is calculated by comparing the total amount of testosterone against the levels of SHBG. It can help indicate how much free testosterone is available for your body to use.
How it works
Collect your sample
Activate your test and collect your sample in the morning. Return your sample on the same day, using the prepaid shipping label provided.
Review accurate results
Once your sample arrives in the laboratory, confidential results will be available from your secure online account within 2 to 5 days.
Get medical support
Our dedicated clinical team are here to support you and may call you to explain your results and provide guidance on your next steps.
A team you can trust
Meet your dedicated, at-home clinical team. Our team of 30+ experts is here to help guide you on your health journey.
Dr. Robert Mordkin
Chief Medical Officer
Still have questions?
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Activating the kit connects you to the unique alphanumeric barcode within your LetsGetChecked sample collection kit. The laboratory cannot process your sample if the kit is not activated and linked to you. You should only activate your kit when you are ready to take your sample.
Yes. LetsGetChecked has a team of board-certified physicians who will review your order and results and have created detailed result breakdowns for your testing journey.
Our nursing team is on standby throughout the testing process and, if your test results are abnormal, you will receive a call to discuss your results and next steps.
Please ensure that the sample is collected in the morning, on a Monday-Friday, and returned immediately using the carrier method provided within the sample collection kit. Each of our health tests includes a prepaid shipping envelope to return your samples to the laboratory.
Please do not collect or return samples on a Saturday or Sunday.
Keeping your personal data secure is important to us. We use appropriate technical and organizational measures to ensure security and confidentiality of your information, and only share your information where required to deliver our products and services or where we have a legal basis to do so. All samples are disposed of following analysis.
Your samples are processed in the same labs used by primary care providers, hospitals and government programs.
LetsGetChecked laboratories are CLIA approved and CAP-accredited, which are the highest levels of accreditation.
Sample collection kits are manufactured within our ISO 13485 certified facility, the highest level of accreditation for medical devices.
We don't accept insurance at this time. We work to keep our tests as affordable as possible and our test costs are generally lower than the costs incurred from a trip to a healthcare provider.
We accept many Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) and Health Savings Accounts (HSA) cards. They can be used in the same way that a debit or credit card would be used at checkout.