What is testosterone?
As a man, testosterone is an essential hormone for maintaining physical fitness, maintaining sexual desire and ensuring a high quality of life.
Testosterone is a type of androgen, or male sex hormone.
Why do we have testosterone?
It is the primary sex hormone found in the body and plays a key role in controlling male physical traits, as well as certain aspects of sexual desire and sexual performance.
What level of testosterone is normal to have?
For men, the normal range of testosterone is 300 to 1,000 nanograms per deciliter (ng/dL) of blood, or 10 to 35 nanomoles per liter (nmol/L).
If your testosterone levels are below this range, you may be suffering from low testosterone. If your levels are above this range, it may be a sign of a health problem that is causing your body to produce excessive amounts of testosterone.
It is normal for your testosterone levels to change throughout your life. Factors such as aging, as well as lifestyle, habits and general health can cause testosterone production to increase or decrease during certain periods.
How do you measure testosterone?
Testing your testosterone levels is simple. You can check your testosterone with a blood test. During this test, a healthcare professional will use a small needle to take a blood sample. It's a quick and simple process. Your blood will be tested in a lab and you will receive information about your testosterone levels. You may also have a physical exam, your doctor may examine the amount and distribution of your body hair, breast size and genitals.
If you are not undergoing sex change treatments, your testosterone should be between 300 and 1,000 nanograms per deciliter (ng/dL) or between 10 and 35 nanomoles per liter (nmol/L) to be considered clinically normal and healthy.
If your testosterone is below the normal range, you may have a low testosterone level. It is best to talk to your doctor about the issue to learn about the possible causes and the treatments available to help you.