Understanding Hormone Levels


For San Diego men seeking testosterone therapy, the first step is getting your hormone levels tested. Once you get your test results back, though, how do you interpret them? What constitutes “normal” when looking at your numbers?

Conflicting Answers

If you’ve done any research on your own, you’re probably confused at the conflicting information that’s available concerning “normal” testosterone levels. One website will list one number, while another lists something far different. Numbers are often conflicting even between different medical labs.

The reason for this confusion is the lack of standardized hormone testing. Various labs use not only separate standards, but also different testing methods and result measurements, which doesn’t help solve the issue. In 2010, the CDC (Center for Disease Control) started an initiative to promote standardization of hormone testing procedures, but not every lab has conformed to these standards.

Beyond “Normal”

Your lab will most likely give you a normal range, sometimes called a reference range. This is the average collected from among patients at that particular lab. Your test results are measured against that normal range according to nanograms per deciliter (ng/dl).

The problem with this testing method is that what constitutes “normal” for one man may not be ideal for another. For example, if the range at your lab between 340 and 800 ng/dl, and you test a 380, that falls within the “normal” range. Yet, it’s on the low side, and may lead to symptoms of Low T like lowered libido and decreased energy.

At ENERGENEX in San Diego, we’re interested more in what’s optimal for our patients rather than what’s “normal.” Male hormone replacement therapy can make an improvement in the way you feel, even if your lab tests leave you confused.