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A testosterone test measures the amount of the male hormone, testosterone, in the blood.
How the test is performed
Blood is typically drawn from a vein, usually from the inside of the elbow or the back of the hand. The site is cleaned with germ-killing medicine (antiseptic). The health care provider wraps an elastic band around the upper arm to apply pressure to the area and make the vein swell with blood.
Next, the health care provider gently inserts a needle into the vein. The blood collects into an airtight vial or tube attached to the needle. The elastic band is removed from your arm. Once the blood has been collected, the needle is removed, and the puncture site is covered to stop any bleeding.
In infants or young children, a sharp tool called a lancet may be used to puncture the skin and make it bleed. The blood collects into a small glass tube called a pipette, or onto a slide or test strip....
In 1998 many couples facing low sexual desire got the help they needed - but only if the male partner has a low libido - when Viagra was approved. Women, however, don't yet have an approved pharmaceutical answer to losing their desire for sex. Testosterone might be the answer. This hormone is usually thought of as the "male" hormone but women also have testosterone, even though in much lower quantities than men and low testosterone in women may be one of the reasons women experience a loss in libido.
Symptoms of Low Testosterone
There are a number of causes of low testosterone in women. As women age, they produce less sexual hormones, including testosterone, low levels of other sexual hormones which interact with testosterone and birth control pills reduce the level of this hormone in the body. The main symptom is a lack or lower sexual desire. Reduced muscle strength and physical endurance also can signal low testosterone although this also naturally happens as women ag...
Obesity and Low Testosterone Levels
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In a study conducted by the University at Buffalo endocrinologists, researchers discovered that about 40% of obese participants had lower-than-normal testosterone levels. The percentage escalated to 50% among men who also had diabetes. It also was found that as body mass increase levels rose, testosterone levels dropped. Given the fact that about one-third of the United States’ population is obese, this news is concerning for men.
Effects of Low Testosterone
A decrease in testosterone levels is a normal part of the aging process for men. For every year beyond age thirty, male testosterone levels decrease by about one percent. Currently, over thirteen million men have low testosterone levels .
Low testosterone levels can affect sexual functioning including a reduced desire for sex, fewer spontaneous erections, and infertility. The ADA maintains that 70% of men with low testoste...
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