Male Hormone Complete
Our Male Hormone Complete Test includes a comprehensive panel of male and stress hormones to expose imbalances that could be holding you back from reaching your goals.
What does it test for?
Free Androgen Index (FAI),
Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG),
About this test
About this test
Lifestyle factors, such as stress, can have a major impact on your health, hormones, fertility, and performance. Healthy sperm counts have dropped by 50% in the last 40 years globally, making male hormones a key concern in men's health.
Imbalances of cortisol and male hormones, such as testosterone, can cause similar symptoms. The only way to know what may be causing your symptoms is to test.
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
Diarrhea, nausea or vomiting
Low blood sugar
High blood pressure
Please talk to your healthcare provider about any concerns or symptoms.
When to test
Collect your cortisol saliva sample before your hormone blood sample, as taking blood samples can sometimes raise cortisol levels.
Being unusually stressed, scared, or injured will cause a temporary rise in your cortisol levels. Avoid vigorous exercise or sexual activity 24 hours beforehand.
You should consider taking this 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 have previously 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.
Cortisol, known as the stress hormone, is released in response to stress or low blood glucose. Cortisol levels vary throughout the day and impact blood sugar levels, your metabolism, acts as an anti-inflammatory, and helps regulate blood pressure.
Prolactin is a hormone made in your pituitary gland and is responsible for testosterone secretion and sperm production.
A small amount of testosterone is converted into estradiol, the main form of estrogen in men. Estradiol is a steroid hormone that helps control erectile function, libido, and sperm production. Estradiol naturally increases as men age and as testosterone slowly decreases.
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.
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Activating the Male Hormone Complete test connects you to the unique alphanumeric barcode within your LetsGetChecked sample collection kit. The laboratory cannot process your sample if the test is not activated and linked to you.
LetsGetChecked works with a team of clinicians who will review your order and results. Our nursing team is on standby throughout the testing process and, if your results are abnormal, you will receive a call to discuss your results and next steps.
You should collect your samples Monday-Friday, in the morning while fasting, and ensure your return is scheduled for the same day.
Each of our health tests includes a prepaid delivery envelope to return your samples to the laboratory.
Fasting means that you take the test in the morning before you have breakfast. You can still drink water when fasting but avoid drinking water in the 30 minutes prior to collecting your saliva sample. Always follow the advice of your doctor with regards to fasting, particularly if you have any medical conditions.
Collect your saliva sample before your blood sample. It is important to take your samples in this order because, for some people, taking a blood sample can temporarily raise their cortisol levels. For cortisol results that most accurately reflect your average levels you should take your test at a time when you feel safe and calm and were not unusually stressed, scared, injured, or engaged in vigorous exercise in the 24 hours beforehand.
Avoid sexual activity 24 hours prior to taking your samples as it naturally raises your prolactin levels.
Collect your saliva sample before you brush your teeth. You should have fasted for 12 hours when taking your samples but do not eat, drink, or take any medication by mouth for 30 minutes prior to sample collection. Certain supplements such as biotin may impact your test result if taken less than 8 hours before sample collection. Speak to your healthcare provider before making changes to your medication schedule.
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 the 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.
LetsGetChecked tests are physician-approved and are as accurate as tests you would take in a healthcare facility. All tests are analyzed in labs which are CLIA certified and CAP - accredited in the US.
All of these laboratories undergo a frequent quality control check to ensure the highest standard of testing. The equipment and analyzers used in our partner labs are all designed for the specific function of capillary testing. All kits come with clear instructions that will guide you on how to take your sample.
These tests are not suitable if:
You are under 18 years of age.
You are at an increased risk of fainting/ loss of consciousness due to blood sample collection, including if you have an arrhythmia, history of vasovagal syncope (fainting) or fear of blood.
You have a bleeding disorder, or are taking medication that increases the risk of bleeding including (but not limited to) untreated hemophilia or use of blood thinning medications.
You have impaired lymphatic circulation in both upper limbs.
You have a skin disorder or condition that may result in poor healing, an increased risk of infection or skin ulceration — including (but not limited to) Raynaud’s, Scleroderma, peripheral vascular disease or peripheral neuropathy.
It may be more difficult to collect a sample if you have hard or callused skin on your fingertips.
Please see our FAQ on medications and supplements that could interfere with your test results for more information.
Biotin supplements may impact your test results if taken less than 8 hours before sample collection. Biotin is commonly found in multi-vitamin or B complex supplements.
Multiple medications can increase prolactin levels. These include estrogens, dopamine blockers/antagonists, some stomach acid reducers, opiates, some high blood pressure medications, anti-depressants, anti-psychotics and marijuana products.
Some medications can impact your hormone results, for example, testosterone residue on your hands when collecting your sample from topical medications such as creams, gels, or patches like topical hormone replacement therapy (HRT) or testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) can interfere with your results. Additionally, certain medications containing steroids can impact your hormone levels. If you are taking this medication please discuss the suitability of this test with your healthcare provider before purchase.
Please speak to your healthcare provider before making any changes to your medication schedule.