Some health conditions affecting men are related to changes in hormone levels, such as hair loss, lack of energy & vitality, & erectile dysfunction. In some cases, a gradual decline in testosterone levels can cause emotional symptoms such as depression, or loss of libido & muscle mass. It is usually not as important for men to monitor their hormone levels as it is for women, as they do not undergo the same dramatic hormonal shifts as women at the time of menopause, but nonetheless a hormone profile can be a crucial part of diagnosis for men.
When should I get tested?
Your doctor may recommend that you have your hormone levels checked if you are experiencing symptoms related to hormonal shifts. Men typically undergo gradual hormonal changes in their late forties & early fifties, but you may want to get your levels checked sooner that this, depending on your health. Having your levels checked will help your doctor to get to the bottom of any symptoms that are affecting your quality of life.
What does the test include
The male hormone screen is done using a simple blood test, which tests levels of FSH, LH, Testosterone, SHBG, Free Androgen Index, DHEA Sulphate, Prolactin, & Glucose.