Hormone Health, Men - Basic Most Popular

The following is a list of what is included in the item above. Click the test(s) below to view what biomarkers are measured along with an explanation of what the biomarker is measuring.

Also known as: Dehydroepiandrosterone Sulfate, DHEA SO4, DHEA Sulfate Immunoassay, DHEAS, Transdehydroandrosterone


DHEA-sulfate test measures the amount of DHEA-sulfate in the blood. DHEA-sulfate is a weak male hormone (androgen) produced by the adrenal gland in both men and women.

Also known as: PSA

Psa, Total

PSA stands for prostate-specific antigen. It is a protein produced by prostate cells. The PSA test is done to help diagnose and follow prostate cancer in men.

Also known as: Testosterone Total And Free And Sex Hormone Binding Globulin

Free Testosterone

In many cases, measurement of total testosterone provides the doctor with adequate information. However, in certain cases, for example when the level of SHBG is abnormal, a test for free or bioavailable testosterone may be performed as it may more accurately reflect the presence of a medical condition.

Sex Hormone Binding

The sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) test measures the concentration of SHBG in the blood. SHBG is a protein that is produced by the liver and binds tightly to testosterone, dihydrotestosterone (DHT), and estradiol (an estrogen). In this bound state, it transports them in the blood as an inactive form. The amount of SHBG in circulation is affected by age and sex, by decreased or increased testosterone or estrogen production and can be affected by certain diseases and conditions such as liver disease, hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism, and obesity. Changes in SHBG levels can affect the amount of testosterone that is available to be used by the body's tissues. A total testosterone test does not distinguish between bound and unbound testosterone but determines the overall quantity of testosterone. If a person's SHBG level is not normal, then the total testosterone may not be an accurate representation of the amount of testosterone that is available to the person's tissues.


A testosterone test measures the amount of the male hormone, testosterone, in the blood. Both men and women produce this hormone. In males, the testicles produce most of the testosterone in the body. Levels are most often checked to evaluate signs of low testosterone: In boys -- early or late puberty and in men -- impotence, low level of sexual interest, infertility, thinning of the bones In females, the ovaries produce most of the testosterone and levels are most often checked to evaluate signs of higher testosterone levels, such as: decreased breast size, excess hair growth, increased size of the clitoris. irregular or absent menstrual periods and male-pattern baldness or hair thinning.

Also known as: Thyroid Stimulating Hormone, Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH), Thyrotropin


A TSH test is a lab test that measures the amount of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) in your blood. TSH is produced by the pituitary gland. It tells the thyroid gland to make and release thyroid hormones into the blood.



A TSH test is a lab test that measures the amount of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) in your blood. TSH is produced by the pituitary gland. It tells the thyroid gland to make and release thyroid hormones into the blood.


*Important Information on Lab Test Processing Times: Ulta Lab Tests is committed to informing you about the processing times for your lab tests processed through Quest Diagnostics. Please note that the estimated processing time for each test, indicated in business days, is based on data from the past 30 days across the 13 Quest Diagnostics laboratories for each test. These estimates are intended to serve as a guide and are not guarantees. Factors such as laboratory workload, weather conditions, holidays, and the need for additional testing or maintenance can influence actual processing times. We aim to offer estimates to help you plan accordingly. Please understand that these times may vary, and processing times are not guaranteed. Thank you for choosing Ulta Lab Tests for your laboratory needs.

The Hormone Health, Men - Basic panel contains 4 tests with 9 biomarkers.

Brief Description: The Hormone Health, Men - Basic Panel is a foundational assessment for evaluating essential hormone levels that significantly impact men's physical and emotional well-being. This panel focuses on the intricate balance of testosterone, which plays a pivotal role in male physiology, affecting everything from muscle mass and bone density to libido and mood regulation. Additionally, it assesses thyroid function, which is crucial for metabolism, energy levels, and overall hormonal balance. The inclusion of Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) provides valuable insights into prostate health, an essential aspect of men’s health often overlooked until symptoms arise.

Collection Method: Blood Draw

Specimen Type: Serum

Test Preparation: Specifc to TSH: Specimen collection after fluorescein dye angiography should be delayed for at least 3 days. For patients on hemodialysis, specimen collection should be delayed for 2 weeks.

According to the assay manufacturer Siemens: "Samples containing fluorescein can produce falsely depressed values when tested with the Advia Centaur TSH3 Ultra assay."

Reasons for Ordering the Hormone Health, Men - Basic Panel

This panel is particularly beneficial for men who are experiencing symptoms indicative of hormonal imbalances or dysfunctions, such as decreased energy levels, unexplained weight changes, mood disturbances, or changes in sexual function. It is also crucial for those undergoing testosterone replacement therapy to monitor treatment efficacy and adjust dosages accordingly. Furthermore, men over 50 or those with a family history of prostate issues may benefit from regular PSA screening as part of their routine health check-ups to detect potential problems early.

What the Hormone Health, Men - Basic Panel Checks For

Introduction to the Panel's Components

The Hormone Health, Men - Basic Panel meticulously evaluates several critical aspects of men's health through its comprehensive test components:

  • DHEA Sulfate: This adrenal hormone serves as a precursor to testosterone and estrogen. Measuring DHEA Sulfate levels can provide insights into adrenal function and the body's capacity to produce these vital hormones.

  • PSA Total: PSA, a protein produced by prostate gland cells, is a marker for prostate health. Elevated levels may indicate benign prostatic hyperplasia, prostatitis, or prostate cancer.

  • Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG): SHBG plays a key role in regulating the amount of testosterone that is bioavailable for the body's use. High SHBG levels can lead to a decrease in available testosterone, affecting various bodily functions.

  • Testosterone Free and Total: This test measures both the total amount of testosterone and the fraction unbound to proteins, providing a complete picture of the body's testosterone status. Testosterone influences numerous aspects of health, including muscle strength, bone density, libido, and mood.

  • Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH): TSH is the primary regulator of thyroid gland activity. It helps diagnose thyroid disorders such as hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism, which can have widespread effects on metabolism, energy, and overall hormonal balance.

Expanding Your Insights: Advanced Panels

For individuals seeking deeper insights into their hormonal health beyond the Hormone Health, Men - Basic Panel, several advanced options are available:

  • Hormone Health, Men - Basic Plus Panel: Building upon the basic panel, this extended assessment includes additional thyroid hormones and insulin levels, offering a more comprehensive view of endocrine function and its effects on metabolism and energy.

  • Hormone Health, Men - Advanced Panel: This panel broadens the hormonal health assessment to encompass fertility markers, stress hormones, and growth factors, providing an in-depth evaluation for those experiencing complex symptoms or managing specific health conditions.

  • Hormone Health, Men - Comprehensive Panel: As the most extensive option, this panel combines all elements of the previous panels with additional vital markers, such as vitamin D levels, to offer a holistic overview of hormonal health. It is ideal for those seeking the most detailed analysis to guide their health decisions and treatment plans.

By choosing one of these advanced panels, you can gain a more nuanced understanding of your hormonal health, empowering you with the knowledge to make informed decisions about your well-being.

Conditions and Diseases the Hormone Health, Men - Basic Can Detect

The Hormone Health, Men - Basic Panel is instrumental in diagnosing:

  • Hypogonadism: Characterized by low testosterone levels, this condition can significantly affect sexual function, mood, body composition, and overall quality of life.

  • Thyroid Disorders: Conditions like hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism can profoundly impact energy levels, weight, and metabolic rate, making thyroid function assessment vital.

  • Prostate Health: Elevated PSA levels might indicate prostate conditions, necessitating further investigation for timely intervention.

Clinical Applications of the Hormone Health, Men - Basic

Healthcare professionals utilize the insights from this panel to tailor treatment strategies for hormonal imbalances, ensure the effectiveness of ongoing therapies, and provide personalized lifestyle and dietary recommendations. The panel's results can also guide further diagnostic procedures if needed, ensuring a comprehensive approach to men's health management.

The Hormone Health, Men - Basic Panel is a critical tool for those seeking to understand and optimize their hormonal health. By providing a snapshot of key hormonal levels, it lays the groundwork for personalized healthcare strategies, ensuring men can maintain vitality and well-being at any age.

We advise having your results reviewed by a licensed medical healthcare professional for proper interpretation of your results.

Customer Reviews