Did you know that both men and woman have testosterone? It’s true. Most people think of men when they think of testosterone, but both genders have the hormone. And when those levels get low, each gender may experience a variety of side effects. So, who may need this new screening which is offered at all 9Health Fair locations? Well, that depends.
What is Testosterone?
Testosterone is the principal male sex hormone and an anabolic steroid. “In males, this hormone is a key player in the development of male reproductive tissues (testis, prostate), as well as secondary sexual characteristics (increased muscle and bone mass, and the growth of body hair),” says 9Health Fair Vice President Marte Meyer. In women, the ovaries release both testosterone and estrogen.
What is a Testosterone Screening?
The testosterone screening is simply testing the level of testosterone in your body and is for both men and women. For men, you may wonder why to test your testosterone levels over testing your PSA. The PSA test is a blood test used primarily to screen for prostate cancer, by measuring the amount of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) in your blood.
Who Should Test their Testosterone Levels?
“Individuals who are concerned about their levels of testosterone and its connection to symptoms they might be having,” says Meyer. According to the Testosterone Centers of Texas, symptoms for women include:
- Lack of interest in sex
- Hair loss
- Unwanted facial hair
Men’s Hormonal Health says symptoms for men include:
- Erectile dysfunction
- Reduced muscle mass and strength
- Back pain
- Development of male breasts
Why 9Health Fair is Offering This Screening
You might be wondering why we’re now offering this screening. Is there some type of low testosterone epidemic? No. Meyer says, “We have had many requests, especially recently, to add this test to our existing screenings.” We listen to our participants. When enough of you ask, we respond. So never hesitate to let us know what kind of screenings you are interested in.
Additionally, 9Health Fair is providing this screening to be a source of neutral education on your testosterone level. While we do not provide treatment, we will provide education and resources that you can trust.
Men’s total testosterone screening will be $40. Women’s total testosterone will be priced at $50. (The women’s test is costlier than the men’s because it is more complex to measure the lower levels of testosterone in women.)
So what else do you need to know? “If your level of testosterone is abnormal, your provider will want to know what kind of symptoms you are experiencing,” says Meyer. “Providers diagnose testosterone abnormalities by the combination of the screening test along with the patient’s symptoms.”
If you’re interested in having your testosterone level checked, visit any 9Health Fair location. Register online to attend a fair near you today!