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Do you notice a decrease in muscle mass, lower libido, or increased fatigue and lack of concentration? This test measures the level of total testosterone in your blood and can be performed by men or women. Hormones impact almost all of our body systems and can cause a variety of symptoms if they are imbalanced. The results of this test can provide insight into how abnormal testosterone levels may be affecting your health.

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Please note: the blood sample for this test must be taken before 10 in the morning, preferably following at least eight hours of fasting. This means you consume no food or drinks other than water.

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Total Testosterone
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Summary of Biomarkers
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About the Test

What is a Testosterone Test?

This test measures the total testosterone level in your blood. Testosterone has a variety of functions in men and women, including regulating bone and muscle mass, red blood cell production, producing sperm and reproductive tissues, and maintaining a healthy sex drive. Testosterone that is either too low or too high can cause unpleasant symptoms that can go undiagnosed without hormone testing. Do you notice you have reduced muscle mass, lowered sex drive, increased body fat, or hair loss? Or perhaps you have acne, increased appetite and hair growth, weight gain, and mood swings? Use this test to gain insight into your hormone health and learn the potential cause of your symptoms. 

How do I collect my sample for a Testosterone Test?

This is a finger prick test that can be collected at home. Your test kit contains all the necessary materials to collect your sample. Please note: the blood sample for this test must be taken before 10 in the morning, preferably following at least eight hours of fasting. This means you consume no food or drinks other than water. Always follow the advice of your healthcare provider with regards to fasting, particularly if you have any medical conditions.

Summary of Biomarkers


Studies have found that approximately 40% of men over the age of 45 have low testosterone levels, and that total testosterone levels in young and adolescent men are declining over time. Since testosterone affects multiple body systems, identifying and treating a testosterone imbalance is important for health and wellbeing in men and women.

Testosterone is the primary sex hormone found in males and responsible for the male attributes gained in puberty such as a deep voice, body hair, and muscle mass. Testosterone is also present in women in lower levels, and influences bone and muscle mass, growth and repair of reproductive tissues, sexual function, and mood. Low testosterone in men and women can affect energy levels, muscle mass, strength, and concentration.

Total testosterone is a measurement of both the free testosterone and the testosterone that is attached to proteins in the blood. Since the symptoms of testosterone deficiency are often non-specific, checking your total testosterone levels with a blood test can give you insight into your hormonal balance and provide an indication if treatment is needed for testosterone imbalance.

Who should use a testosterone test? 

You should consider taking this test if:

  • You would like to learn if you have a healthy testosterone level
  • You notice symptoms that could indicate a testosterone imbalance
  • You constantly feel tired or have a low mood
  • You take or have taken anabolic steroids or non-prescribed testosterone supplements
  • You are obese
  • You have a family history of low testosterone
  • You have thyroid problems

Symptoms in Men

Low testosterone:

  • Fatigue or low energy
  • Low sex drive or erectile dysfunction
  • Lowered sperm count
  • Hair loss
  • Reduced muscle mass and/or increased body fast
  • Anxiety, depression or trouble concentrating


Low testosterone can also lead to several health problems in men. These include:

  • Osteoporosis (brittle bones)
  • Infertility
  • Depression
  • Poor memory
  • Obesity


High testosterone:

  • Aggressive/irritable behaviour
  • Acne
  • High sex drive
  • Increased muscle mass
  • Excessive body hair
  • Lowered sperm count
  • Weight gain


High testosterone in men can also lead to several health problems. These include:

  • Prostate enlargement
  • Infertility
  • High blood pressure
  • Increased risk of blood clots
  • Increased risk of heart attack

Symptoms in Women

Low Testosterone

  • Thinning hair
  • Low sex drive
  • Fatigue
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Muscle weakness
  • Reduced vaginal lubrication


Low testosterone can also lead to several health problems in women. These include:

  • Osteoporosis (brittle bones)
  • Infertility
  • Depression
  • Poor memory


High testosterone

  • Excess body hair
  • Balding
  • Acne
  • Increased muscle mass
  • Deepening of voice
  • Irregular menstrual cycles
  • Low sex drive


High testosterone can also lead to several health problems in women. These include:

  • Infertility
  • Increased risk of diabetes and metabolic disease
  • Increased risk of heart disease after menopause
About the Test Result

What do the results of this test mean?

This test measures the total amount of bound and unbound testosterone in your blood. The results of this test can help determine whether you are experiencing abnormal testosterone levels and whether treatment, lifestyle changes, or further testing is needed to identify the root cause.

Frequently asked questions

What is the function of testosterone?

Testosterone is a hormone that has several important functions in both men and women. In men, testosterone regulates bone mass, sex drive, fat distribution, muscle mass and strength, and the production of red blood cells and sperm. In women, testosterone affects bone mass, sex drive, and mood. 

What is the difference between free testosterone and total testosterone? 

A total testosterone test measures the total amount of testosterone available in the bloodstream. This includes free, unbound testosterone and testosterone that is attached to proteins. This is the most common type of testosterone test.

What is the treatment for low testosterone?

In men, low testosterone is usually treated with testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). TRT can come in the form of pills, gels, patches, or injections. The effects of TRT in women are less well studied, as women require much lower quantities of testosterone than men. Women with low testosterone may be prescribed estrogen replacement medication that also contains testosterone. Speak to your doctor about treatment options, and whether TRT is right for you.

What does a testosterone test tell you?

A testosterone test measures the level of testosterone in the blood, which is a hormone primarily produced in the testicles in men and in the ovaries in women. For men, a testosterone test can help diagnose hormonal issues such as hypogonadism, a condition where the body does not produce enough testosterone. In women, a testosterone test can help identify imbalances such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a hormonal condition that can cause irregular menstrual cycles, infertility, and other health problems. 

What are normal values for testosterone?

The normal level for total testosterone depends on gender, age, and the laboratory testing methods used. It is important to note that testosterone levels can vary throughout the day, with the highest levels typically occurring in the morning. This is why it is recommended to take Homed-IQ’s Testosterone Test in the morning, preferably before eating or drinking. Additionally, testosterone levels can be affected by factors such as stress, illness, medications, and lifestyle factors such as diet and exercise. The normal values for testosterone using Homed-IQ’s testing methods are as follows:
Gender Age Normal Range (nmol/l)
Male 18-20 3.55-35.08
Male 21-49 8.64-29.00
Male 50+ 6.68-25.70
Female 18-20 0.09-2.72
Female 21-49 0.29-1.67
Female 50+ 0.10-1.42

What is the impact of low testosterone?

Testosterone plays an important role in the body and low levels can have a significant impact on overall health and well-being. In men, low testosterone can lead to a decrease in muscle mass and bone density, increased body fat, hair loss, feelings of fatigue or depression, and decreased libido. In women, low testosterone can lead to fatigue, depression or anxiety, decreased sex drive, infertility, thinning hair, vaginal dryness, lowered muscle mass, and osteoporosis. Treatment options for low testosterone levels may include testosterone replacement therapy, lifestyle changes, and other medications to address underlying medical conditions.

How can I use the results of this testosterone test?

The results of Homed-IQ’s Testosterone Test can be used to check total testosterone levels in the blood and potentially diagnose medical conditions related to testosterone imbalances. If the test indicates an abnormal testosterone level, take the results to your GP. Further testing and evaluation may be needed to determine the underlying cause of abnormal testosterone levels and develop an appropriate treatment plan. 

When should testosterone be checked?

Testosterone levels may be checked when an individual is experiencing symptoms related to testosterone imbalances, such as hair loss, acne, low sex drive, fatigue, depression, or infertility. Women who have symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome or irregular periods may also choose to check their testosterone levels. Testosterone levels may also be checked periodically in men over the age of 50, as testosterone tends to decrease with age. Finally, testosterone levels may be checked in individuals who are undergoing testosterone replacement therapy to monitor levels of the hormone and adjust treatment as needed.

Does exercise increase testosterone?

Exercise has been shown to temporarily increase testosterone levels in both men and women, particularly high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and resistance training. While working out alone won’t cause significant long-term increases in testosterone, exercise can help reduce other factors related to testosterone imbalances, such as obesity and insulin resistance. While exercise can be a beneficial tool for promoting overall health, it is important to consult a healthcare professional regarding treatment options if your testosterone levels are low. 

How does it work?

Order your test
After you have placed the order, your test kit will be delivered within a few days in discreet packaging.
Activate and take your sample

After creating an account and activating your test online, collect the test sample and return it to the lab using the prepaid shipping label. Homed-IQ tests can be placed in a regular mailbox.

Receive your test result

A certified laboratory will analyze your test. When ready, your results will be published to your account, including a PDF laboratory report that can be brought to your GP for follow-up care.

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