Your doctor may not agree with us on this one, but we think it's very important to discuss the pros and cons on this issue so you can make a decision for yourself...

Our standpoint: We feel that a measurement of your Hormone
levels is an important part of the pre-treatment TC process.

Specifically, we (and the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists) recommend that the following hormones are measured in order to determine a "hormone profile"

Serum Testosterone, LH, FSH, SHBG and Prolactin

Pros: OK, we know this is not normally a life-threatening issue, but knowing your normal hormone levels can have a significant mental and physical impact down the road if you have testosterone problems after treatment. There are a couple of strong reasons why getting an initial check can help out later on:

Cons: To be fair, we will provide alternative points as to why you may not need to get a pre-IO Testosterone check. Note this does not change our recommendation, but we hope it will provide you better decision-making inputs.


This is important! Only a doctor, preferably an Endocrinologist, can diagnose these symptoms completely.
See your medical team before making any decisions or taking any medications.

What are the symptoms of low testosterone?

Source: American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists - details HERE (PDF file)

For more information, check out all the articles in the TC2 section of the TCRC as well as our hormone links page!


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