There are different types of tests for the GH and testosterone, and the specific testing protocol varies depending on which one your doctor orders.
As with all medical tests, it’s important to follow all of the preparation instructions from your healthcare team. In general, for GH or Testosterone tests your doctor will ask you to:
- fast for a specific period of time before the test stop taking the vitamin biotin, or B7, at least 12 hours before the test
- stop taking certain prescription medications a few days before the test, if they might interfere with the test results
For some tests, your doctor may provide additional preparation instructions.
If your doctor thinks the levels of GH or Testosterone in your body may be abnormal, they will likely order one or more of the tests.
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The cost of GH tests varies based on your insurance coverage, the facility where you have the tests done, and which lab is used to perform the analysis.
The simplest tests are the GH serum and IGF-1 tests, which only require a blood draw. The typical cost for each of these tests is about $70 if ordered directly from a lab. Your actual costs may vary depending on how much your healthcare team charges for services, such as drawing your blood and sending it to the lab.
Hormones levels that are too high or too low can indicate serious health conditions. However, it’s important to keep in mind that these conditions are rare.
Your doctor may order testing to check your GH or Testosterone levels using a suppression or stimulation test. Comprehensive Blood Testing