Testosterone Resource Center

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Welcome to The Elite Men’s Guide Testosterone Resource Center. This testosterone resource details the physicians and major low testosterone centers/clinics that treat men with low testosterone. These centers only prescribe therapeutic doses of testosterone to men with clinically diagnosed low testosterone. It also provides direct access lab services that allow you to get your testosterone levels checked without a prescription.

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For more information on specific low testosterone treatment options, see one of the links below.




 

Finding a Physician: Testosterone Centers

Numerous types of doctors (i.e. endocrinologists, urologists, and primary care physicians/general practitioners) may treat low testosterone. These types of doctors are expounded on below. Also, many low testosterone centers/clinics specifically specialize in the treatment of low testosterone.

Some physicians are well experienced and knowledgeable about testosterone replacement therapy. On the other hand, some physicians are not well experienced and knowledgeable about testosterone replacement therapy. Thus, it’s important to find a physician that you feel comfortable with and that has a good understanding of and respect for TRT.

 

Physicians that may prescribe testosterone include:

 

  • Endocrinologists – Endocrinologists are the most well-educated physicians from a formal education perspective on hormones and the effects of abnormal hormone levels on the body. Some endocrinologists specifically specialize in treating low testosterone. With that being said, other endocrinologists specialize in diabetes and obesity and may not have as much practical experience with prescribing testosterone to treat low testosterone.
  • Urologists – Urologists often treat men with low testosterone because many men come to their urologists first with issues like low libido and sexual dysfunction, which may be cause by low testosterone.
  • Primary Care Physicians/General Practitioners – Primary care physicians may treat you if they are comfortable with prescribing testosterone and comfortable with you. They are also the most likely not to have a good deal of knowledge of or experience with TRT if they do not treat many men with low testosterone on a regular basis.

 

Low T Centers/Men’s Health Clinics

These clinics specifically cater to testing for and treating men with low testosterone. They charge a monthly fee for access to physicians. The major clinics are Low T Center, BodyLogic MD, Ageless Men’s Health, and LowTestosterone.com. These clinics generally have the most experience with treating men with low testosterone. They do not, however, prescribe testosterone to every men that asks for testosterone. They only treat men with clinically diagnosed low testosterone (via blood tests) with associated symptoms.

Low T Center
BodyLogic MD
Low Testosterone
Ageless Mens Health

 

The following are questions to ask a doctor/clinic administrator about testosterone treatment taken from Nelson Vergel’s ExcelMale forum community:

  • How many men does he/she treat for low testosterone?
  • Does he/she offer human chorionic hormone (HCG) therapy, in addition to testosterone to maintain fertility and for testicular atrophy, if desired? (Many doctors do not know how to use HCG.)
  • Does he/she use Arimidex (anastrozole) to keep estrogen down in case of gynecomastia (enlarged breasts) or other high estradiol related issues?
  • How many times do you have to go see him or her?
  • Do they share blood work results with you?
  • What is the set-up lab/doctor fee and approximate drug costs per month?

 

Major Testosterone Center Locations

Map of T Centers with Legend
 

Low T Center

Low T Center has 45 locations in 10 states. They offer an initial $50 T-Test where they draw a patient’s blood, analyze it at their in-house CLIA/COLA certified lab (all Low T Centers have one of these labs on-site) while the patient waits, and then report back total testosterone and PSA score in about 30 minutes. This initial test determines whether or not a patient has low testosterone. After this initial test, they charge $395 per month (without insurance) with no setup fee. They do accept insurance, so out-of-pocket costs may be much lower. They are contract free and blood testing is included in the monthly fee. Their primary testosterone replacement therapy treatment option of choice is injectable testosterone. They will not ship medications.

 
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Low T Center Locations

 

BodyLogic MD

BodyLogicMD has 45 locations in 29 states. They offer a free assessment although initial blooding testing costs $695, after which they charge between $250 to $300 per month (without insurance) with no setup fee. They do accept insurance, so out-of-pocket costs may be much lower. They are contract free. Their primary testosterone replacement therapy treatment option of choice is implantable testosterone pellets.

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BodyLogicMD Locations

Georgia:
Atlanta
Hawaii:
Honolulu
Idaho:
Boise
Illinois:
Arlington Heights
Naperville
Michigan:
Detroit
Minnesota:
Minneapolis
Missouri:
St. Louis
Nevada:
Las Vegas
New Jersey:
Edison
New York:
Purchase
North Carolina:
Charlotte
Ohio:
Cincinnati
Cleveland
Columbus
Oregon:
Portland
Pennsylvania:
Conshohocken
Pittsburgh
South Carolina:
Greenville
Tennessee:
Nashville
Texas:
Austin
Dallas
Houston
Utah:
Salt Lake City
Virginia:
Sterling
Washington:
Seattle
Wisconsin:
Milwaukee

 

LowTestosterone.com

Ageless Men’s Health has 20 locations in 11 states. They offer a free assessment and an airfare credit for anyone traveling to a center from out-of-state. They charge $200 per month with no setup fee. However, they do not accept insurance. They are contract free and blood testing is included in the monthly cost. Their primary testosterone replacement therapy treatment option of choice is injectable testosterone, and they will ship medications.

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LowTestosterone.com Locations

Arizona:
Phoenix
Scottsdale
California:
Anaheim
Los Angeles
Sacramento
San Diego
San Francisco
Santa Barbara
Colorado:
Denver
Illinois:
Chicago
Michigan:
Detroit
Nevada:
Las Vegas
Oklahoma:
Tulsa
Pennsylvania:
Philadelphia
Tennessee:
Nashville
Texas:
Austin
Dallas
Fort Worth
Houston
Washington:
Seattle

Ageless Men’s Health

Ageless Men’s Health has 33 locations in 11 states. They offer a free assessment, after which they charge $200 per month (w/o insurance) with a $100 setup fee. They do accept insurance, so out-of-pocket costs may be much lower. They are contract free and blood testing is included in the monthly cost. Their primary testosterone replacement therapy treatment option of choice is injectable testosterone. They will not ship medications.

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Ageless Men’s Health Locations

 
 

Direct Access Lab Testing Services

Direct access lab testing services allow individuals to order lab tests themselves without a prescription. You choose a lab test online, place your order, visit a lab, then receive and review your results. The blood tests provided by direct access labs are for informational purposes only. It is not the intention of these labs or the directing physician to provide specific medical advice but rather to provide users with information to better understand their health. To understand your values, check out EMG’s testosterone levels chart.

 

DirectLabs®

DirectLabs® is a direct access lab testing services company. Individuals can order tests themselves without a prescription. Then, the lab tests are fulfilled at a LabCorp testing center. Direct Labs does not accept medical insurance. In order to order tests, you will need to signup, login, and order a test. It is necessary to create an account to receive your customized results. For best prices, login through the DirectLabs EMG Portal or use R-EMG if you call.

Since our foundation, The Elite Men’s Guide has been committed to bringing our readers the information most important to them in the most accessible way possible. This commitment has led us working with DirectLabs®, a premier testing center, to bring you an offer exclusive to EMG readers. Using a custom portal for EMG readers, you will have access to panels that we believe best suit your testing needs. DirectLabs will also offer custom pricing on two panels specifically designed for EMG readers: a pre-testosterone therapy panel and follow-up testosterone therapy panel.

Together, Elite Men’s Guide & DirectLabs® are bringing you the information you need at the convenience you want. For best prices, login through the DirectLabs EMG Portal or use R-EMG if you call.

Note: LabCorp services are not available in HI, MA, ND and SD. Additionally, DirectLabs® nor any other Direct Access Testing Services are available in MD, NJ, NY and RI due to state law.

Direct Labs

  • Tests fulfilled at LabCorp labs
  • Individuals can order tests directly
  • × Accepts medical insurance
  • × In-home testing available

 

Comprehensive Testosterone Therapy Panels

Link: Pre-Testosterone Replacement Therapy Panel

This hormone panel can be used to test for low testosterone. It also evaluates prostate health, thyroid function, red blood cell count, and liver and kidney function prior to initiating testosterone replacement therapy.

Test Components:

1. Free Testosterone

2. Total Testosterone

3. Follicle-stimulating Hormone (FSH)

4. Luteinizing Hormone (LH)

5. Estradiol (E2) Hormone

6. Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA)

7. Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH)

8. Complete Blood Count

9. Complete Metabolic Profile

Price: $239.00

Link: Continued Testosterone Replacement Therapy Follow-up

This panel includes main blood test variables monitored by many clinics that treat men with low testosterone. This panel is for men who are already on testosterone replacement therapy (TRT).

Test Components:

1. Free Testosterone

2. Total Testosterone

3. Estradiol (E2) Hormone

4. Complete Blood Count

5. Complete Metabolic Profile

Price: $139.00

Link: Comprehensive Male Hormone Panel

Test Components:

1. Free Testosterone

2. Total Testosterone

3. Estradiol (E2) Hormone

4. Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA-s)

5. Follicle-stimulating Hormone (FSH)

6. Luteinizing Hormone (LH)

7. Sex Hormone Binding Globulun (SHBG)

8. Prolactin

9. Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA)

10. Comprehensive Wellness Panel: Lipids (Total Cholesterol, HDL, LDL, Triglycerides), Complete Blood Count (CBC’s), Fluids and Electrolytes, Thyroid with TSH, Liver & Kidney Biomarkers, Glucose (Diabetes)

Price: $395.00


 

Individual Male Hormone Tests

Link: Testosterone, Free (Direct), Serum With Total Testosterone, Hormone

1) Total testosterone measures the total amount of testosterone in your blood (both bound and unbound). 2) Free testosterone measures the amount of testosterone not bound to either SHBG or albumin that can be used by the body.

Test Components:

1. Free Testosterone

2. Total Testosterone

Price: $79.00

Link: Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG)

Sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) decreases the active form of testosterone available to the tissues. The amount of testosterone that is free depends on the level of SHBG. With all else being equal, higher SHBG levels result in lower free testosterone levels.

Test Components:

1. Sex Hormone Binding Globulun (SHBG)

Price: $81.00

Link: Follicle-stimulating Hormone (FSH) and Luteinizing Hormone (LH)

Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) and Luteinizing Hormone (LH) are produced by the pituitary gland. They tell the testes to produce testosterone. In men, a rise in FSH and LH may indicate the onset of andropause.

Test Components:

1. Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH)

2. Luteinizing Hormone (LH)

Price: $69.00

Link: PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen)

The prostate specific antigen (PSA), is a protein made only in the prostate gland. PSA is produced by normal, abnormal and cancerous prostatic tissue. The theory is that cancer causes more of the protein to be made and leaked into the blood than normal prostate tissue, so PSA is now used for assisting in the diagnosis and monitoring of prostatic carcinoma. It is generally recommended that PSA be checked prior to initiating testosterone therapy.

Test Components:

1. Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA)

Price: $49.00

Link: Estradiol (E2) Hormone

Testosterone can be converted into estradiol. As a result, taking testosterone via testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) can potentially elevate estrogen levels. Some men may have higher estradiol conversions from testosterone than other men. Genetically predisposed men may experience symptoms associated with high levels, which may lead to certain unwanted side effects like fluid retention and gynecomastia. Thus, it is important to monitor estradiol during TRT and address high estradiol levels if they arise.

Test Components:

1. Estradiol (E2) Hormone

Price: $59.00


 

Cardiovascular & Heart Health Panels

Link: Comprehensive Wellness Profile (CWP)

Over 50 individual laboratory tests to screen for cardiovascular risk, major organ function, anemia, diabetes, infection, blood disease and other indications of illness.

Test Components:

1. Lipids: Total Cholesterol, HDL (good) Cholesterol, LDL (bad) Cholesterol, Risk Ratio (good to total), and Triglycerides.

2. Complete Blood Count: Hemoglobin, Hematocrit, Red Blood Cells (RBC), White Blood Cells (WBC), and Platelets.

3. Fluids and Electrolytes: Chloride, Potassium, Sodium and Carbon Dioxide.

4. Thyroid w/TSH: T-3 Uptake, T4 total, Free Thyroxine Index (T7), and Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone (TSH).

5. Liver: Albumin, Alkaline Phosphatase, Alanine Transaminase (ALT or SGPT), Aspartate Transaminase (AST or SGOT), Total Bilirubin, Total Protein, LDH, Total Globulin, Albumin/Globulin Ration and GGT.

6. Kidney: Blood Urea Nitrogen (BUN), Creatinine, BUN/Creatinine Ratio, eGFR, and Uric Acid.

7. Glucose Hemoglobin, Hematocrit, Red Blood Cells (RBC), White Blood Cells (WBC), and Platelets.

8. Mineral and Bone: Total Iron, Calcium, and Phosphorus.

Price: $97.00

Link: Cardiovascular Essential

Over 50 individual laboratory tests to screen for cardiovascular risk, major organ function, anemia, diabetes, infection, blood disease and other indications of illness. Also includes C-Reactive Protein, Cardiac (CRP,hs) and Homocysteine.

Test Components:

1. Lipids: Total Cholesterol, HDL (good) Cholesterol, LDL (bad) Cholesterol, Risk Ratio (good to total), and Triglycerides.

2. Complete Blood Count: Hemoglobin, Hematocrit, Red Blood Cells (RBC), White Blood Cells (WBC), and Platelets.

3. Fluids and Electrolytes: Chloride, Potassium, Sodium and Carbon Dioxide.

4. Thyroid w/TSH: T-3 Uptake, T4 total, Free Thyroxine Index (T7), and Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone (TSH).

5. Liver: Albumin, Alkaline Phosphatase, Alanine Transaminase (ALT or SGPT), Aspartate Transaminase (AST or SGOT), Total Bilirubin, Total Protein, LDH, Total Globulin, Albumin/Globulin Ration and GGT.

6. Kidney: Blood Urea Nitrogen (BUN), Creatinine, BUN/Creatinine Ratio, eGFR, and Uric Acid.

7. Glucose Hemoglobin, Hematocrit, Red Blood Cells (RBC), White Blood Cells (WBC), and Platelets.

8. Mineral and Bone: Total Iron, Calcium, and Phosphorus.

9. Cardiac (CRP,hs)

10. Homocysteine

Price: $175.00

Link: Comprehensive Wellness Profile (CWP) + Hemoglobin A1c (HgbA1c) With eAG

Over 50 individual laboratory tests to screen for cardiovascular risk, major organ function, anemia, diabetes, infection, blood disease and other indications of illness.

Test Components:

1. Lipids: Total Cholesterol, HDL (good) Cholesterol, LDL (bad) Cholesterol, Risk Ratio (good to total), and Triglycerides.

2. Complete Blood Count: Hemoglobin, Hematocrit, Red Blood Cells (RBC), White Blood Cells (WBC), and Platelets.

3. Fluids and Electrolytes: Chloride, Potassium, Sodium and Carbon Dioxide.

4. Thyroid w/TSH: T-3 Uptake, T4 total, Free Thyroxine Index (T7), and Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone (TSH).

5. Liver: Albumin, Alkaline Phosphatase, Alanine Transaminase (ALT or SGPT), Aspartate Transaminase (AST or SGOT), Total Bilirubin, Total Protein, LDH, Total Globulin, Albumin/Globulin Ration and GGT.

6. Kidney: Blood Urea Nitrogen (BUN), Creatinine, BUN/Creatinine Ratio, eGFR, and Uric Acid.

7. Glucose Hemoglobin, Hematocrit, Red Blood Cells (RBC), White Blood Cells (WBC), and Platelets.

8. Mineral and Bone: Total Iron, Calcium, and Phosphorus.

9. HgbA1C Hemoglobin A1C is the standard tool to determine blood sugar control for patients with diabetes.

Price: $119.00

Link: Comprehensive Wellness Profile (CWP) + Hemoglobin A1c (HgbA1c) With eAG

Over 50 individual laboratory tests to screen for cardiovascular risk, major organ function, anemia, diabetes, infection, blood disease and other indications of illness.

Test Components:

1. Lipids: Total Cholesterol, HDL (good) Cholesterol, LDL (bad) Cholesterol, Risk Ratio (good to total), and Triglycerides.

2. Complete Blood Count: Hemoglobin, Hematocrit, Red Blood Cells (RBC), White Blood Cells (WBC), and Platelets.

3. Fluids and Electrolytes: Chloride, Potassium, Sodium and Carbon Dioxide.

4. Thyroid w/TSH: T-3 Uptake, T4 total, Free Thyroxine Index (T7), and Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone (TSH).

5. Liver: Albumin, Alkaline Phosphatase, Alanine Transaminase (ALT or SGPT), Aspartate Transaminase (AST or SGOT), Total Bilirubin, Total Protein, LDH, Total Globulin, Albumin/Globulin Ration and GGT.

6. Kidney: Blood Urea Nitrogen (BUN), Creatinine, BUN/Creatinine Ratio, eGFR, and Uric Acid.

7. Glucose Hemoglobin, Hematocrit, Red Blood Cells (RBC), White Blood Cells (WBC), and Platelets.

8. Mineral and Bone: Total Iron, Calcium, and Phosphorus.

9. HgbA1C Hemoglobin A1C is the standard tool to determine blood sugar control for patients with diabetes.

10. Homocysteine The amino acid, Homocysteine, plays a role in destroying the lining of your artery walls, promoting the formation of blood clots, and also accelerates the buildup of scar tissue.

11. CRP, hs A high-sensitivity CRP (hs-CRP) test is performed to help predict a healthy person’s risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD).

Price: $197.00


 

Thyroid Panels and Tests

Link: Thyroid Panel, Special

The thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) is produced and secreted by the pituitary gland and stimulates the thyroid to produce T3 and T4. This panel provides a comprehensive analysis of thyroid function.

Test Components:

1. Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH)

2. Free T3

3. Free T4

Price: $89.00

Link: Thyroid-stimulating Hormone (TSH)

The best way to initially test thyroid function is to measure the TSH level. A high TSH level indicates that the thyroid gland is failing because of a problem that is directly affecting the thyroid (primary hypothyroidism). The opposite situation, in which the TSH level is low, usually indicates that the person has an overactive thyroid that is producing too much thyroid hormone (hyperthyroidism). Occasionally, a low TSH may result from an abnormality in the pituitary gland, which prevents it from making enough TSH to stimulate the thyroid (secondary hypothyroidism). Thyroid function also may affect the production of testosterone, so it is good to check TSH levels if total and/or free testosterone is low.

Test Components:

1. Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH)

Price: $36.00


 

Discounted Labs

Discounted Labs is a direct access lab testing services company. Individuals can order tests themselves without a prescription. Then, the lab tests are fulfilled at a LabCorp testing center. Discounted Labs does not accept medical insurance. They offer six relevant tests: the hormone and wellness panel for men, the TRT male follow-up panel, the free and total testosterone levels panel, the sex hormone binding globulin test, the luteinizing hormone and follicle stimulating hormone test, and the complete thyroid profile panel.

Discounted Labs

  • Tests fulfilled at LabCorp labs
  • Individuals can order tests directly
  • × Accepts health insurance
  • × In-home testing available

 

Health One Labs

Health One Labs is a direct access lab testing services company. Individuals can order tests themselves without a prescription. Then, the lab tests are fulfilled at a LabCorp testing center. Health One Labs does not accept medical insurance. They offer four relevant tests: the male hormone plus package, the men’s hormone package, the free and total testosterone levels panel, and the free and total testosterone levels plus estradiol test.

Health One Labs

  • Tests fulfilled at LabCorp labs
  • Individuals can order tests directly
  • × Accepts medical insurance
  • × In-home testing available

 



 

Top Online Testosterone and TRT Resources

The following websites offer the very best testosterone information on the web. These sites focus on natural testosterone optimization and physician-prescribed testosterone replacement therapy not anabolic steroid use.

 

Excel Male (Forum Community)

Excel Male

Excel Male is a community-based site in which men can exchange information and ask questions on testosterone therapy and men’s health. The site was founded by Nelson Vergel, one of the foremost pioneers in the education of testosterone therapy. All forums are well-moderated and highly educational. Vergel offers some of the most cutting edge insights and information on HCG and Anastrozole.

 

Testosterone Subreddit (Forum Community)

Reddit Testosterone

The testosterone subreddit offers a community in which men can ask questions and receive information on testosterone replacement therapy. It also offers a wealth of information on testosterone therapy on one page via the associated wiki.

 

Anabolic Men (Natural Testosterone Blog)

Anabolic Men

Anabolic Men is a leading resource on natural testosterone optimization. This is an epic site that provides some of the most in-depth articles on boosting testosterone naturally from nutrition to exercise to supplementation. What makes this site great is its practical, forthright nature.

 

Peak Testosterone (Information Resource)

Peak Testosterone

Peak Testosterone offers a treasure trove of informative articles of testosterone and testosterone therapy. The articles are scientifically written and well-referenced. This site is a great resource for those men looking for exquisitely detailed information.

 

Hormone.org (Patient Guide)

Hormone Health Network

Hormone.org (Hormone Health Network) offers a condensed patient guide to testosterone therapy based on the more detailed Endocrine Society’s physician guide. What this guide lacks in detail, it makes up for in simplicity. Hormone.org also offers guides to low testosterone, male infertility, erectile dysfunction, and decreased libido.

 

Endocrine Society (Physician Guide)

Endocrine Society

The Endocrine Society offers the the definitive clinical guide for testosterone therapy in adult men. Last updated in 2010, this guide is primarily intended to assist health care professionals in their treatment of patients, but it is also an excellent, detailed review of TRT for those interested in an in depth guide.