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When should you go for a Testosterone Test?

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When to get tested for low testosterone


While the common belief is that testosterone problems are something only related to men, the reality is that even females can suffer with them. Since the male and female bodies are built differently and have a different ‘normal range of testosterone’, the right time to go for a Testosterone test varies with respect to age and gender.

Testosterone test for Men

The normal range for testosterone in men varies by age and maturity and naturally declines with age. However, chronic diseases such diabetes, genetic diseases such as Klinefelter, Kallman and Pader-Willi Syndromes, alcoholism, testicular failure and infertility, and obesity can decrease the levels more quickly than normal.

For men, a test is recommended in the following cases:

  • Suspected infertility
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • Lack of body hair and beard
  • Decreased muscle mass
  • Development of breast tissue

In addition to this, low level of total and bio-available testosterone level can be common in men who are overweight and have a greater than normal level of visceral fat. This may lead to insulin resistance and increased risk of coronary artery diseases. Excessive alcohol consumption and liver disease are also a common cause of decreased testosterone levels.

Testosterone test for Boys

For boys, a test is recommended mostly in case of delayed or slowly progressing puberty. While there is no specific criteria of what is the right time to reach puberty for boys, most individuals reach do so by the age of 10.

Symptoms of delayed puberty may include:

  • Slow development of muscle mass
  • Lack of body hair growth
  • Voice not becoming deep with age or showing feminine characteristics
  • Development of breast tissue

If these symptoms are still there long after the age of 10, a test is recommended.
Another case when a testosterone test may be required for boys is when there is a precocious or very fast puberty resulting in congenital adrenal hyperplasia

Testosterone test for Females

In case of females, a test may be required when a woman has the following symptoms:

  • Irregular menstrual cycle
  • Difficulty getting pregnant
  • Masculine features such as body and facial hair, male pattern baldness and/or deep voice

Females normally have low levels of testosterone but these symptoms usually occur due to other conditions such as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), ovarian or adrenal gland tumor and congenital adrenal hyperplasia. Increased testosterone levels are also a common occurrence with women taking estrogen therapy and a test may be required.

check out our main article on the subject if you’re interested in natural ways to boost your Testosterone levels.

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