So I dropped into Lifecare Laboratory Pattaya yesterday to ask about their testosterone testing, and got some confusing information I am hoping BMs can assist me with.
From the flyer they provided me, LLP offer three separate tests as follows;
- Testosterone [sex Hormone]: 500B
- Free Testosterone: 3,000B
- SHBG: 2,000B
The I asked the receptionist what tests / results were included in the basic 500B testosterone test, she was unable to help, but called out a gentleman in a white lab coat who I assumed to be a doctor or technician of some sort.
Again, he couldn’t give me much information. When I asked if the basic test only included total testosterone, he was non-responsive. I challenged that testing without total, free and SHBG was not much use, and he mumbled something to the effect that the basic test results would indicate if free and SHBG testing was required. Sounded like BS to me, but I’m no expert hence my enquiry here.
So, a couple of questions for the better informed;
- Am I correct that I need all three tests to ascertain my testosterone levels (for the purpose of deciding if I should commence TRT)?
- Does the price of 5,500B total sound reasonable, and if not can I get a recommendation regarding a better choice?