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What’s the best way to test for low testosterone?

October 1, 2022

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Q. I’m worried that I might have very low testosterone levels. How do I get tested and are there certain steps that can ensure an accurate reading?

A. Doctors usually order a blood test to measure total testosterone. A total testosterone lab test measures both "free" (unbound) testosterone and the amount of hormone bound to blood proteins. Normal testosterone levels are between 300 to 1,000 nanograms per deciliter (ng/dL).

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