May 27, 2016
First of all, I hate doctors and I hate seeing blood. I didn’t do this for fun. I only went because I am committed to my fitness. I needed to know if my hormones were in the normal range or not. Your hormone levels are the most important of the four pillars of fitness. If you want to get in shape you owe it to yourself to make sure they are in line before you begin.
The process of getting my testosterone levels checked was inexpensive and easy. Here’s how it went for me.
First, I found a coupon online (for MD Labs) and picked the female hormone panel. While researching I realized that the female panel included testosterone and it is less expensive than the male hormone panel.
Next, I got a confirmation email with instructions on how to schedule my test. I waited a couple of days and then checked for local labs to do the test. I found one quickly that was ten or so minutes away. I setup my appointment for the next day.
I got tested in the morning and I was sure that I had fasted before the test. I think they said 12 hours or more.
I walked in and gave my name. I sat down in a waiting room (wide eyed) and I looked around. It was a bare bones office. It gave of a slightly sketchy vibe like they did a bunch of business with employee drug tests. It was professional but not high end. After a couple of minutes they called my name and I walked in the exam room.
The exam room was clean and more modern. The tech/nurse that was going to draw my blood was very nice. The only odd thing is he was surprisingly nervous. He asked me which arm I preferred my blood to be drawn from. I thought this was a bit odd since I rarely go to the doctor. Whoever comes to these places must be more familiar then I was with having their blood drawn.
He was nervous but the draw went perfectly. The first try he was in. I didn’t watch so I don’t know how much he took. It felt like 2 small containers (6 oz total)?
After my test I received an email a couple of days later that contained a link to setup an account and download a PDF with my results.
Here is where my testosterone levels landed:
401 testosterone serum (not free range)
Not so good. That level puts me at the range of a typical 85-100-year-old man. Great! ;)