Sex and Energy for Men

The male sexual health check will test essential hormones, nutrients, and blood health biomarkers to identify imbalances that can negatively impact one's stamina and energy. Ulta Lab Tests provides reliable blood work and secure testing, so order today!


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Measurement of the levels of bilirubin is used in the diagnosis and treatment of liver, hemolytic, hematologic, and metabolic disorders, including hepatitis and gall bladder obstruction. The assessment of direct bilirubin is helpful in the differentiation of hepatic disorders. The increase in total bilirubin associated with obstructive jaundice is primarily due to the direct (conjugated) fraction. Both direct and indirect bilirubin are increased in the serum with hepatitis.

Increased CRP levels are found in inflammatory conditions including: bacterial infection, rheumatic fever, active arthritis, myocardial infarction, malignancies and in the post-operative state. This test cannot detect the relatively small elevations of CRP that are associated with increased cardiovascular risk.

A Complete Blood Count (CBC) Panel is used as a screening test for various disease states including anemia, leukemia and inflammatory processes.

A CBC blood test includes the following biomarkers: WBC, RBC, Hemoglobin, Hematocrit, MCV, MCH, MCHC, RDW, Platelet count, Neutrophils, Lymphs, Monocytes, Eos, Basos, Neutrophils (Absolute), Lymphs (Absolute), Monocytes(Absolute), Eos (Absolute), Basos (Absolute), Immature Granulocytes, Immature Grans (Abs)


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Cortisol is increased in Cushing's Disease and decreased in Addison's Disease (adrenal insufficiency). Patient needs to have the specimen collected between 7 a.m.-9 a.m.


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Cortisol is increased in Cushing's Disease and decreased in Addison's Disease (adrenal insufficiency).

Intrauterine or congenital CMV infections occur in 0.5 to 2.2% of all live births. Symptomatic congenital infections usually occur in infants born to nonimmune mothers who have primary infections during pregnancy. Latency and reactivation of CMV influence the interpretation of serological results. A single positive CMV IgG result is and indication of present or past infection. The presence of CMV IgM suggests a recent CMV exposure but does not differentiate between primary infection and reactivation.

DHEA-S is the sulfated form of DHEA and is the major androgen produced by the adrenal glands. This test is used in the differential diagnosis of hirsute or virilized female patients and for the diagnosis of isolated premature adrenarche and adrenal tumors. About 10% of hirsute women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) have elevated DHEA-S but normal levels of other androgens.


Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) Antibody Panel

Includes: Epstein-Barr Virus VCA Antibody (IgM), Epstein-Barr Virus VCA Antibody (IgG), Epstein-Barr Virus Nuclear Antigen (EBNA) Antibody (IgG)

Clinical Significance: Primary infection by EBV causes infectious mononucleosis, usually a self-limiting disease in children and young adults. Infection with EBV can cause lymphoproliferative disorders including tumors. VCA-IgM is typically detectable at clinical presentation, then declines to undetectable levels within a month in young children and within 3 months in other individuals. VCA-IgG is typically detectable at clinical presentation, and persists for life. EBNA IgG typically appears during convalescence (3-4 months after clinical presentation) and remains detectable for life.

EBV-VCA IgG/IgM (viral capsid antigen): A positive IgG means you’ve had or currently have the infection; A positive IgM means the virus has been reactivated.

EBV-EBNA IgG (nuclear antigen): A positive test result is usually associated with past infections.

Reference Range(s)

Epstein-Barr Virus VCA Antibody (IgM)

U/mLInterpretation

  • <36.00 Negative
  • 36.00-43.99Equivocal
  • >43.99Positive


Epstein-Barr Virus VCA Antibody (IgG)

U/mLInterpretation

  • <18.00 Negative
  • 18.00-21.99Equivocal
  • >21.99Positive


Epstein-Barr Virus Nuclear Antigen (EBNA) Antibody (IgG)

U/mLInterpretation

  • <18.00 Negative
  • 18.00-21.99Equivocal
  • >21.99Positive

Alternative Name(s)

EBV Comprehensive,Infectious Mononucleosis Panel

 


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Measuring the circulating levels of estradiol is important for assessing the ovarian function and monitoring follicular development for assisted reproduction protocols. Estradiol plays an essential role throughout the human menstrual cycle. Elevated estradiol levels in females may also result from primary or secondary ovarian hyperfunction. Very high estradiol levels are found during the induction of ovulation for assisted reproduction therapy or in pregnancy. Decreased estradiol levels in females may result from either lack of ovarian synthesis (primary ovarian hypofunction and menopause) or a lesion in the hypothalamus-pituitary axis (secondary ovarian hypofunction). Elevated estradiol levels in males may be due to increased aromatization of androgens, resulting in gynecomastia.

IMPORTANT - Note this Estradiol test is not for children that have yet to start their menstrual cycle.  If this test is ordered for a child that has yet to begin their menstrual cycle Quest Diagnostics labs will substitute in Estradiol, Ultrasensitive LC/MS/MS - #30289 at an additional charge of $34


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Useful in the diagnosis of hypochromic, microcytic anemias. Decreased in iron deficiency anemia and increased in iron overload.


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FSH and LH are secreted by the anterior pituitary in response to gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GNRH) secreted by the hypothalamus. In both males and females, FSH and LH secretion is regulated by a balance of positive and negative feedback mechanisms involving the hypothalamic-pituitary axis, the reproductive organs, and the pituitary and sex steroid hormones. FSH and LH play a critical role in maintaining the normal function of the male and female reproductive systems. Abnormal FSH levels with corresponding increased or decreased levels of LH, estrogens, progesterone, and testosterone are associated with a number of pathological conditions. Increased FSH levels are associated with menopause and primary ovarian hypofunction in females and primary hypogonadism in males. Decreased levels of FSH are associated with primary ovarian hyper-function in females and primary hypergonadism in males. Normal or decreased levels of FSH are associated with polycystic ovary disease in females. In males, LH is also called interstitial cell-stimulating hormone (ICSH). Abnormal LH levels with corresponding increased or decreased levels of FSH, estrogens, progesterone, and testosterone are associated with a number of pathological conditions. Increased LH levels are associated with menopause, primary ovarian hypofunction, and polycystic ovary disease in females and primary hypo-gonadism in males. Decreased LH levels are associated with primary ovarian hyperfunction in females and primary hyper-gonadism in males.

Elevated GGT is found in all forms of liver disease. Measurement of GGT is used in the diagnosis and treatment of alcoholic cirrhosis, as well as primary and secondary liver tumors. It is more sensitive than alkaline phosphatase, the transaminases, and leucine aminopeptidase in detecting obstructive jaundice, cholangitis, and cholecystitis. Normal levels of GGT are seen in skeletal diseases; thus, GGT in serum can be used to ascertain whether a disease, suggested by elevated alkaline phosphatase, is skeletal or hepatobiliary.

A Hemoglobin (Hb) A1c Blood Test evaluates the average amount of glucose in the blood. The A1c test will help determine whether you are at a higher risk of developing diabetes; to help diagnose diabetes and prediabetes; to monitor diabetes and to aid in treatment decisions.

To assist with control of blood glucose levels, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) has recommended glycated hemoglobin testing (HbA1c) twice a year for patients with stable glycemia, and quarterly for patients with poor glucose control. Interpretative ranges are based on ADA guidelines.


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Elevated levels of homocysteine are observed in patients at risk for coronary heart disease and stroke.


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For diagnosis and monitoring of diabetes and insulin-secreting tumors.

Serum iron quantification is useful in confirming the diagnosis of iron-deficiency anemia or hemochromatosis. The measurement of total iron binding in the same specimen may facilitate the clinician''s ability to distinguish between low serum iron levels caused by iron deficiency from those related to inflammatory neoplastic disorders. The assay for iron measures the amount of iron which is bound to transferrin. The total iron binding capacity (TIBC) measures the amount of iron that would appear in blood if all the transferrin were saturated with iron. It is an indirect measurement of transferri

Lactate Dehydrogenase (LD) (LDH)

Elevations in serum lactate dehydrogenase occur from myocardial infarction, liver disease, pernicious and megaloblastic anemia, pulmonary emboli, malignancies, and muscular dystrophy


A lipid panel includes:Total cholesterol —this test measures all of the cholesterol in all the lipoprotein particles.High-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) — measures the cholesterol in HDL particles; often called "good cholesterol" because it removes excess cholesterol and carries it to the liver for removal.Low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) — calculates the cholesterol in LDL particles; often called "bad cholesterol" because it deposits excess cholesterol in walls of blood vessels, which can contribute to atherosclerosis. Usually, the amount of LDL cholesterol (LDL-C) is calculated using the results of total cholesterol, HDL-C, and triglycerides.Triglycerides — measures all the triglycerides in all the lipoprotein particles; most is in the very low-density lipoproteins (VLDL).Very low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (VLDL-C) — calculated from triglycerides/5; this formula is based on the typical composition of VLDL particles.Non-HDL-C — calculated from total cholesterol minus HDL-C.Cholesterol/HDL ratio — calculated ratio of total cholesterol to HDL-C.


The methylmalonic acid (MMA) test may be used to help diagnose an early or mild vitamin B12 deficiency. It may be ordered by itself or along with a homocysteine test as a follow-up to a vitamin B12 test result that is in the lower end of the normal range.



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Pregnenolone is a chemical substance that is a precursor to all steroid hormones. This test measures the amount of pregnenolone in the blood in order to help detect rare forms of congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH).

  • CBC (includes Differential and Platelets)
  • Cortisol, A.M.
  • Estradiol
  • Ferritin
  • FSH and LH
  • T3, Free
  • T4, Free
  • Testosterone, Free, Bioavailable and Total, MS
  • Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies
  • TSH
  • Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin)

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This test is used to diagnose hyperthyroidism and to clarify thyroid status in the presence of a possible protein binding abnormality.


Men's sexual health is an important part of being a man, and some may not feel complete if this part of their life is not under control. 

For a lot of American men, this is an issue. About 30 million American men have erectile dysfunction. There are certainly a lot of possible causes for this, such as low energy. 

If you are one of those men, you are probably not happy with your sexual health. Perhaps, you are just worried that it can happen to you one day, or you know a friend that this has happened to. 

Whatever the case, there are ways to protect and improve sexual health. 

What do you need to do? What do you need to look out for? Here is everything that you need to know. 

What is Low Male Energy and Sexual Health?

To put it simply, low male energy and sexual health is a low desire for sexual activity or a low sex drive that physical or mental reasons can cause. It can be an inability to perform in the bedroom (erectile dysfunction), not lasting long enough to finish, or not being able to physically have sex as often as the average person. 

What Causes It? 

Several factors can lead to low sex drive or lower sexual health, such as testosterone. This is the male hormone that builds muscle and mass in your body and increases sperm production.

Higher levels of this lead to a higher drive for sex, so a low testosterone level is definitely one of the first things to look for. 

Jumping off of that, if you are overweight or obese, then you will not have the muscle or body mass to support higher testosterone levels. This leads to lower energy and lower stamina to be able to do anything physical, sex included. 

Mentally, depression can be one of the bigger causes of low sex drive. Depression is usually caused by anxiety and is linked to stress.

All of these factors do not make for a relaxing and calm environment, which sex is supposed to be. You may be distracted in your mind thinking of something else, have performance anxiety if it did not go well in the past, lose motivation for it, or even lose confidence in yourself. 

Finally, unhealthy habits like alcohol and drugs can lead to lower sex drive.

Alcohol can numb sensations in your body, thus making it more difficult to get an erection. Drugs like tobacco can disrupt blood vessels in the penis, making it more difficult for them to make your penis enlarge during sexual activity. 

What Are the Symptoms? 

There are a few signs to look out for if you are worried about having a low sex drive. These include but are not limited to: 

  • Being over 50 
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Infertility
  • Muscle loss
  • Obesity
  • Stress 
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Hair loss 

Some of these are pretty obvious symptoms. Obesity can make you physically unhealthy to perform normal exercises like a jog around the neighborhood, let alone keeping up a sex drive. 

This can lead to a lack of muscle, which is usually charged by testosterone. Then, there is simply aging, with testosterone and libido dropping off every year for most men after their 30s.  

Infertility may not be one you think about, but it is possible the two connect. If you have an active sex life, but you have not gotten anyone pregnant despite not being the most careful, it could be because your overall sexual health is suffering. 

These are things you need to look out for, and they vary greatly from each other, but they all connect to a possible drop or loss of sex drive. 

Testing Sexual Health 

With all of the possible ways to lose your sex drive listed, it is only natural that we get to how you can protect it and treat it. There is male energy lab testing that you can do to try to determine if there is a problem. 

The most obvious way is a testosterone test. This can measure if your testosterone levels are low, and if they are, it could affect your sex drive and sperm production. For adults, the normal testosterone range is anywhere from 25 to 1,100. 

DHEA-S (dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate) is produced by your adrenal cortex and mainly helps your body develop sexual characteristics when you go through puberty. 

This can also be converted into testosterone, so a test here can help you figure out if you have a hormone imbalance. 

Sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG) is in your liver and binds sex hormones which are then passed on through your bloodstream. Having this test can help you find out a lot about how your body responds to general sex hormones because of their importance. 

The normal range of SHBG for adult males is from 10 to 50. If your levels are high, then you do not have enough sex hormones. If your levels are low, then you have too much to use. 

Testosterone is probably the first thing a lot of men think about when it comes to measuring sex drive, but other tests like SHBG and DHEA-S can help you get a much wider range of what is going on in your body. 

Questions About Testing 

Of course, before going through with one of these tests, you may have some questions. Here are some of the most common asked: 

Do You Need Health Insurance? 

No. Health insurance is not required to take any of these tests. 

Do You Need a Doctor's Note? 

No, you do not need to consult your doctor about this. You can if you so desire, but a doctor's referral is not necessary to take a test. 

How Long Do Results Take? 

We will send your results back in 24-48 hours. So, don't worry, you will not be kept waiting for long. 

What About Privacy? 

Do not worry. Test results are handled confidentially and securely, providing you with discretion to receive these results. 

Find Your Men's Sexual Health Test

Men's sexual health is obviously very important. But, there are many factors that can lead to issues, while there are also a lot of solutions.

Are you ready for a male sexual health check? Take control of your sexual health today with tests from Ulta Lab Tests!