Testosterone is a sex hormone made in the testicles and adrenal glands, which is important for sexual and reproductive development. You can test your testosterone levels with a simple pin-prick blood test, to check if your levels are in the right range. If your levels of testosterone are too low, then you may be able to start testosterone replacement therapy (TRT).
You can get testosterone test kits and reorder your TRT from Alpha XR Online Doctor. Fill in a short questionnaire to order treatment. Approved orders are sent out with free delivery and can be posted to your preferred address or collected in any Alpha XR store.
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Testosterone is an important sex hormone in males and it is needed for a number of different things in the body, like:
Both men and women have testosterone in their body, but women usually have a lot less compared with men and it’s made in their ovaries. This page focuses on testosterone levels in men.
Generally, the normal testosterone range in men is above 12 nmol/L. As men get older, their testosterone levels steadily, but slowly, decrease at a rate of about 1-2% each year. On top of this, testosterone levels in men naturally vary throughout the day – they’re usually at their highest in the morning, and lowest in the late afternoon/evening. These changes in testosterone levels usually don’t cause any problems but you might start to feel symptoms if your levels vary too much.
When levels of testosterone fall too much, it can affect men both physically and psychologically. A level considered low enough that you might need treatment is below 12 nmol/L. Whether you’re having symptoms is another factor in deciding if treatment is right for you or not.
Some of the most common symptoms of low testosterone are:
Some of the symptoms above could interfere with your daily life, so it's important to find the underlying cause and work out what can be done to resolve it.
When levels of testosterone become too high, some of the symptoms include:
At Alpha XR Online Doctor, we offer a home testosterone blood test kit, which you can use to check your total testosterone levels. Buying and using this test is a simple, convenient process:
If you’re not comfortable doing a test at home, then you can schedule an appointment with your doctor. Your doctor will know the best time to do your test and will be able to check more than just your testosterone level, which could give a bigger picture of your general health.
If your test shows that you have low testosterone, it’s recommended that you repeat the test for confirmation before taking any other decision. If it is confirmed, you will need to have a complete check-up with your doctor to assess the cause.
If you have low testosterone levels, it’s likely that your doctor will recommend some changes in lifestyle first. These might include:
After making these changes, if they’re not effective, or your levels are very low, your doctor might refer you to a specialist called an endocrinologist, who might recommend testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). There are different forms of this kind of therapy:
Remember, if you’re receiving treatment with testosterone, then you need to have follow-up blood tests to make sure you’re responding well to treatment (which can include home testing). If you and your doctor are happy, and you’re currently receiving testosterone replacement therapy, you could reorder one of the following treatments with us:
Even though testosterone replacement therapy is generally considered safe, it can be associated with some side effects. It’s a good idea to be aware of these, since it helps you look out for them while you receive treatment. Some of the side effects include:
Not all side effects can be seen, and you might be recommended to get some tests done to check for changes while you’re receiving testosterone treatment. Some of the side effects you can test for include:
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