Testosterone Test, Total
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The Testosterone Test, Total, sometimes known as the total testosterone blood test, measures the total testosterone level in the blood.
While testosterone plays a role both male and female hormone health, the total testosterone test is more frequently thought of in terms of its importance in men. Sometimes referred to as an androgen hormone, men make testosterone in their adrenal glands as well as in their testes. In men, testosterone is important for sex drive, sperm production and hair and muscle health.
Most testosterone hormone is transported through the blood via special carrier proteins known as albumin and sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG). When the carrier proteins with testosterone on board get to tissues that need testosterone, they will release testosterone so it can perform its functions. In addition to testosterone bound to carrier proteins, a small portion of the total testosterone hormone is known as bioavailable, or free, testosterone as it circulates unattached or loosely attached to the carrier proteins. This particular total testosterone test measures the total amount of testosterone attached to albumin and SHBG and bioavailable and reports it as one testosterone test result.
Please note that, because the way this particular testosterone test was designed by the lab, it can only be ordered by men. For women interested in getting their testosterone levels and for men interested in their bioavailable testosterone level, we would recommend checking out the testosterone free and total test.
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