DIY? Testosterone Test Kits Explained 

DIY? Testosterone Test Kits Explained 


Decreasing testosterone levels is a normal phenomenon in men as they age. Close to one-third of all men over the age of 75 have lower-than-normal testosterone levels, according to the Mayo Clinic. However, low testosterone levels can occur in men of any age. An underlying health problem such as obesity, a pituitary gland disorder, or an injury can reduce testosterone levels. Cancer treatments may also be a cause. 

You may be tempted to test your testosterone levels using one of the home testosterone testing products you’ve seen advertised. Before you try a test kit, make sure you understand: 

  • how it works 
  • how reliable it is 
  • what information it will give you 
  • what to do with your results 

Symptoms of low testosterone 

For adult men, symptoms of low testosterone levels (hypogonadism) include: 

  • erectile dysfunction 
  • lowered sex drive 
  • decreased muscle mass 
  • decreased growth of body hair 
  • fatigue 
  • hot flashes 
  • trouble concentrating 

Learn more: Hot flashes in men » 

See your doctor if you experience any of these symptoms and you suspect that you may have decreased testosterone. Although low testosterone is often a normal consequence of aging, you could have a serious underlying condition that needs treatment. 


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