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    Sample type: BLOOD
    Gender: Both
    Age group: All age group
    The Testosterone, Total test helps to detect levels of testosterone in the blood. It helps to diagnose erectile dysfunction and infertility in males. In females, this test helps to diagnose the cause of virilization (masculine physical features), hirsutism (excess of body hair), infertility, and polycystic ovary syndrome. This test helps to determine the cause of early or delayed puberty or the cause of genitalia that are not clear if they are male or female in children. The Testosterone, Total test is done: • In case of infertility in male and females • In case of erectile dysfunction in males • In case of male like features in females such as excess of body hair, masculine physical features • In case of abnormal uterine bleeding • In case of absence of menstruation • In case of children in which there is early or delayed puberty or the genitals are not clear if they are of male or female

    Frequently asked questions

    To take the blood sample, a tourniquet (elastic) band is placed tightly on the upper arm. The patient is asked to form a fist. This helps in the buildup of blood filling the veins and it becomes easy to collect the blood. The skin is cleaned before inserting the needle in the vein in order to prevent bacteria from entering. After cleaning, the needle is inserted into the vein in the arm and the blood sample is collected in the vacutainer.
    Testosterone is a sex hormone in men. It is found in the blood of both males and females. The levels of testosterone are higher in men as much compared to women. In men, it is produced by the testicles and adrenal glands. In women, it is produced by the adrenal glands and ovaries.
    The functions of testosterone hormone in males is to help in the development of secondary sex features like the growth of body hair, enlargement of the penis, muscle development, and deepening of the voice. In women, the testosterone hormone gets converted to the female hormone estradiol that is the main sex hormone of females.
    The additional tests that can be advised along with the testosterone test depend upon the cause of why the tests are ordered. The list includes prolactin test, anti-mullerian hormone test, estrogen test, dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate test, follicle stimulating hormone test, and luteinizing hormone test.
    The signs of low testosterone levels in men include decreased muscle mass, lack of body and facial hair, very small testicles, and development of breast tissue.
    Yes, please inform your doctor if you are taking any medicines or supplements as it might interfere with the test results.

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