The Basics of Testosterone Replacement Therapy
Testosterone is made from testosterone (TSH) and cholesterol. In this case, the total amount of testosterone is more important. Total T is made by cells in the body and the amount of free T is the product of how much cholesterol is released in the blood (and the breakdown of that cholesterol). The total amount of T in your blood can be monitored using a blood test called a total T level.
The other important hormone for testosterone is DHEA. DHEA is made from androgens, but also contains a number of other hormones. For example, DHEA is an important component of testosterone and other male sex hormones. So when you look at how DHEA affects testosterone levels, you can use that as a guide.
In addition to looking at total testosterone levels, other important things to check for include:
How fast does your test become higher? This is an important sign of high testosterone. If you feel like your test is rising very quickly, then your testosterone levels are higher than normal and the cause of this is probably a problem with your health or with how your hormones are produced.
Do you have hair growth? This is an indicator of high testosterone, since hair growth also occurs at higher testosterone levels.