Existing Patient Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) – Male

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Male HRT Panel

  • Estradiol
  • Comprehensive Metabolic Panel 14 (CMP)
  • CBC (Complete BloodCount with Diff/plate)
  • Lipid Panel, W/LDL/HDL Ratio
  • TSH
  • Testosterone, total
  • PSA

The “Male HRT Panel” is a comprehensive set of tests that help in monitoring and adjusting hormone replacement therapy in men. These tests ensure that the therapy is effective, safe, and tailored to the individual’s health needs.

If your provider requested specific PSA testing - see info in the PSA tab below.

PSA Total & Free %

Provider Instructed - Over 40 years old

PSA Total & Free % & Reflex

Over 40 years old - Provider Instructed

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Description

The Male Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) Panel consists of several blood tests designed to assess various aspects of a man’s health, particularly in relation to hormone therapy. Let’s break down what each test is and why it’s important:

  1. Estradiol: This test measures the level of estradiol, a form of estrogen, in your blood. While estrogen is often considered a female hormone, it’s also important in men’s health. It plays a role in sexual function, bone health, and mood regulation. In the context of hormone therapy, balancing estradiol levels is crucial to avoid side effects and ensure effective treatment.
  2. Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP) 14: This is a broad screening tool that checks for a range of issues. It includes tests for blood sugar, electrolyte and fluid balance, kidney function, and liver function. This is important because hormone treatments can affect these areas, so doctors need to monitor them closely.
  3. CBC (Complete Blood Count) with Diff/plate: This test measures different types of cells in your blood, like red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. It’s a crucial test because it can detect a wide range of disorders, from anemia to infections, and can also monitor how the body is reacting to hormone therapy.
  4. Lipid Panel, with LDL/HDL Ratio: This test measures the levels of fats in your blood, including LDL (“bad” cholesterol), HDL (“good” cholesterol), and triglycerides. Hormone therapy can affect cholesterol levels, so this test helps ensure that your heart and blood vessels stay healthy during treatment.
  5. TSH (Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone): TSH regulates your thyroid, which controls your metabolism. This test is important because thyroid levels can be affected by hormone therapy, and imbalances can lead to a variety of symptoms like fatigue, weight gain, or feeling cold.
  6. Testosterone, Total: This test measures the total amount of testosterone in your blood. Testosterone is the primary male sex hormone, and its levels are directly affected by hormone replacement therapy. This test helps in tailoring the therapy to your specific needs.
  7. PSA (Prostate-Specific Antigen): This test measures the level of PSA in your blood, which can be an indicator of prostate health. It’s important because testosterone therapy can affect the prostate, and this test helps in monitoring for any potential issues like prostate enlargement or cancer.

The Male HRT Panel is a comprehensive set of tests that checks various aspects of your health before and during hormone replacement therapy. These tests help in ensuring that the therapy is effective and safe, monitoring for any side effects or complications, and adjusting treatment as necessary.

FAQ's

AM I REQUIRED TO FAST?

You must fast at least twelve (12) hours prior to having your specimen collected.

IS A DOCTOR’S ORDER REQUIRED?

YES!

HOW LONG UNTIL MY RESULTS COME BACK?

LabCorp Not using insurance: Test results generally take between 24 to 72 business hours after your specimen is collected. If using insurance, the results may take longer.

Quest Diagnostics: Could take up to 10 business days.

Insurance Lab Requisition: Time frame varies depending on state.

DO I NEED TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT TO HAVE MY LABS DRAWN?

You can walk in for same day testing at certain locations BUT we always recommend making an appointment at your lab location of choice to ensure you are seen in a timely fashion due to fasting.

You can walk in for same day testing at certain locations BUT we always recommend making an appointment at your lab location of choice to ensure you are seen in a timely fashion due to fasting.

Viking sends a copy of your Blood Test Order (Lab Requisition), electronically, to LabCorp or Quest depending on the choice you made.  A copy of the Blood Test Order will be sent to you via email. Please allow 24 hours or one business day for our staff to process your request.   It would be wise to bring the order with you to the lab as a reference when you arrive for your Lab appointment.

Make your appointment for a “Lab Draw” at your lab of choice.

LabCorp Locations and contact information: LabCorp Locations

Quest Locations and contact information: Quest Locations

HOW CAN I RECEIVE MY RESULTS?

Viking follows all HIPAA guidelines and state regulations regarding distribution of test results. You can choose to have your test results emailed or faxed. Patients can also create a patient portal via LabCorp/Quest and have access to their results online.

IF I HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT MY TEST RESULTS, WHO SHOULD I CONTACT?

We recommend setting up a consultation via our website with our VIKING medical staff.  https://vikingalternative.com/schedule-consultation

PSA Test Info

The PSA (Prostate-Specific Antigen) test is a blood test used primarily to screen for prostate cancer in men. PSA is a protein produced by both cancerous and non-cancerous tissue in the prostate, a small gland that sits below the bladder in men. Elevated levels of PSA in the blood can be a sign of prostate cancer, although other conditions, such as an enlarged prostate or prostatitis, can also cause high PSA levels.

For a male over the age of 40, understanding the different types of PSA tests can be crucial for proper monitoring and early detection of prostate health issues. Here are the three types of PSA tests you mentioned:

  1. PSA Total Only-No Panel:
    • This test measures the total PSA level in the blood. It does not differentiate between the different forms of PSA.
    • Usage: It’s used as a primary screening test for prostate cancer. If the total PSA level is high, further testing may be recommended to determine the cause of the elevation. However, this test alone doesn’t provide complete information about the risk of prostate cancer.
  2. PSA Total & Free %:
    • This test measures not only the total PSA level but also the amount of free PSA in the blood. Free PSA refers to the PSA that is not bound to proteins in the blood.
    • Usage: The ratio of free PSA to total PSA can help distinguish between prostate cancer and benign prostate conditions like benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). A lower ratio of free PSA may indicate a higher risk of prostate cancer. This test is often used for men who have a moderately elevated total PSA level to determine the necessity of a biopsy.
  3. PSA Total & Free % & Reflex:
    • This test includes the measurements of the total PSA and free PSA percentage and may also include additional testing (the reflex test) if certain criteria are met. The reflex test usually involves a more detailed analysis or a different type of test, such as a complexed PSA test (measuring the amount of PSA that is attached to other proteins) or a prostate health index (PHI) test, based on the initial PSA results.
    • Usage: This approach is used to reduce unnecessary biopsies. If the PSA levels are in a borderline range, the reflex test can provide more information to help decide whether a biopsy is necessary. It’s a more nuanced approach to interpreting PSA levels and can help in making more informed decisions regarding prostate cancer screening.

In summary, while the basic PSA Total Only test provides a general indication of prostate health, the addition of free PSA percentage and reflex testing can offer a more nuanced assessment, potentially aiding in the differentiation between benign conditions and cancer and reducing unnecessary invasive procedures. It’s crucial for individuals to discuss with their healthcare providers which test is most appropriate for their specific circumstances and how to interpret the results in the context of their overall health and risk factors.