Testosterone testing kit
This testing kit measures testosterone levels in men. It contains a small lancet, which is used to take a blood sample from the end of the finger.
You can buy a home testing kit for testosterone through our online pharmacy platform. All tests are shipped in secure packaging by special courier, and in most cases you’ll receive yours in one working day.
The testosterone testing kit uses a blood sample to determine testosterone levels. Testosterone tests are used to either confirm or rule out low levels of testosterone (referred to in men as ‘male hypogonadism’). It comes with a small lancet, which is used to collect a small sample of blood from the end of the little finger. After you have collected your sample at home and sent it back to our partner laboratory, they will typically be able to analyse it and produce a result within a few hours.
If you have taken a test and have confirmed low testosterone levels, then hormone replacement therapy may be advised.
What is low testosterone (or hypogonadism)?
Testosterone is a male sex hormone, or androgen. It is present in both men and women, although it is much more abundant in men.
It also has different purposes in men and women. In women, testosterone is produced by the ovaries, and has a counteracting influence on other hormones, helping to keep them at a sufficient level.
In men, testosterone is generated by the testicles. The hormone regulates the production of sperm as well as libido levels, but also contributes towards healthy muscle, bone and tissue development, and normal red blood cell function.
Low levels of testosterone can cause a range of different physical effects, such as erectile dysfunction, loss of sex drive and low sperm count. It can also lead to loss of bone density, weight fluctuation and lethargy. Some people with low testosterone might also experience mood changes, or loss of self-esteem.
It’s natural for testosterone levels to increase quite sharply during puberty, then fall very gradually over time. Some people may have chronically low levels from an early age. This is referred to as ‘male hypogonadism’.
Someone with male hypogonadism from childhood might experience puberty at a later age than usual, or have underdeveloped testicles. They might also develop less body hair than men with normal testosterone levels, and their voice might not ‘drop’ as much during their teens.
When someone’s testosterone levels drop more suddenly during adulthood, this is called ‘late onset male hypogonadism’. It’s fairly rare and there is limited research available about what causes it, but certain conditions such as diabetes and being obese are thought to be contributing factors.
While it’s possible for the above mentioned symptoms, such as erectile dysfunction and lethargy, to be caused by late onset male hypogonadism, there are several other possible reasons why someone might develop these.
Taking a testosterone test can help to rule out low testosterone in cases where the above symptoms are present. However, if someone has confirmed low testosterone, a doctor may suggest taking HRT (hormone replacement therapy) in order to supplement testosterone levels and help maintain them.
If someone has low testosterone levels but they are not experiencing any symptoms, then they might not require treatment. A doctor will be able to advise on whether replacement therapy is necessary.
Ordering your testosterone test online
We work with TDL Pathology to provide a seamless and efficient service for patients who want to do their test from home.
If a doctor has recommended having a testosterone test, or even if you are already taking HRT and have been advised to check your testosterone levels, you can order your testosterone testing kit online through our UK pharmacy. Click proceed to start placing your order. We ship all test kits by next-day courier, so you can expect to have it delivered in one working day.
In your pack, you’ll receive:
- a set of instructions
- a return form
- a name label
- a moist wipe
- a security label
- two plasters
- a blood collection tube
- one protective packing wallet
- an alcotip swab (with a spare)
- and one lancet (with two spares).
If you find any of the above items are missing when you receive your kit, please contact us.
Make sure you follow the instructions given with the test carefully. After you have placed your order, you’ll receive an email with some important information on giving your sample. Please ensure you read this before conducting your test.
- It’s usually better to take a sample in the morning, as this is when your testosterone levels are likely to be at their highest.
- The side of the little finger on your unfavoured hand (so if you’re right-handed, this will be your left hand) is the ideal place to take a sample from.
- Wash your hands in warm soapy water and dry.
- Position the blood collection tube in the wallet as shown in the diagram in the leaflet. Remove the lid.
- Clean the end of the finger where the sample is being taken from with an alcotip swab, then dry with a clean tissue.
- Take one lancet out of the bag, and twist the cap off.
- Stand up.
- Place the lancet up to the side of the little finger and apply firm pressure. This should activate the lancet and slightly pierce the skin, producing a small drop of blood.
- Remove the first drop with a clean tissue.
- Holding your hand with the punctured finger downwards, massage the finger to get the blood flowing.
- Position your finger over the blood collection tube, and gently apply pressure to ‘milk’ blood out of the puncture, into the tube.
- Continue to do so until the tube has been filled to the upper of the two lines marked on the side.
- If you can’t get enough blood to come out, you can try wiping the finger with a clean tissue and waiting for up to 10 seconds before starting to milk it again. Alternatively, you can use one of the spare lancets to take blood from the little finger on the opposite hand.
- When you have collected enough blood, fix the lid securely on the tube and turn until you hear a click.
- Once secure, turn the tube upside down and back between 5 and 10 times.
- Secure the label to the tube as shown.
- Put the tube in the packing wallet.
- Then place the wallet, along with any used lancets, in the test kit box.
- Consult the checklist on the instructions to ensure you have everything you need ready to put into the return envelope.
- Use the security label to seal the test kit box closed.
- Insert the test kit box into the envelope, along with your completed request form.
- Post at your earliest convenience to the address provided. This should ideally be within a couple of hours.
Once the lab has received your sample, they will usually be able to turn your test around in 24 hours.
They will send your result into our system, and you’ll be asked to login to your patient area to view this when ready.
If you’re unsure of anything regarding the collection of your sample, you can contact The Doctor’s Laboratory by telephone on 020 7307 7373 or via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternatively, you can contact our team by telephone on 0207 043 0716, through the messaging facility in your patient area, or via email at email@example.com.
How does it work?
All you need to do is provide a blood sample, using the simple lancet device provided with the kit. Once you’ve collected this and sent this to our partner lab, we’ll notify you when your result is ready to be viewed in your patient area.
Who is your partner lab?
TDL Pathology, who are based in the UK.
How will I be notified?
We’ll send you an email and a text message to let you know your result is ready. You’ll then need to log in to your secure patient area to see this.
How long does it take?
Tests are turned around at the lab within a few hours, so the whole process of ordering a kit and getting a result usually takes less than a week.
What kind of sample do I have to give for the test?
A blood sample. It’s better to collect this in the morning, as this is when testosterone levels tend to be at their peak.
Will it hurt?
The most you’re likely to feel is a small scratch or pinch. The lancet only very slightly punctures the skin at the side of the tip of the little finger.
What happens if my levels are sufficient?
You’ll be notified in your patient area.
If you are experiencing symptoms described in the main tab of this page, such as erectile dysfunction or fatigue, and your intention was to rule out low testosterone, then you should see your GP for further advice. They may need to undertake further tests to see what is causing your symptoms.
What happens if my levels are low?
Our doctor will inform you via your patient area, and may provide some advice on getting treatment.
Getting the testosterone test kit online
To buy your testosterone test kit from our UK pharmacy, simply click ‘Proceed’ and complete our order form. Most orders are shipped on the same working day, and delivered within 24 hours.