What is the procedure for having this done? i.e. the mechanics
Does insurance normally cover this?
If no insurance, what is the cost estimate of this test?
There are many issues here and I do not know to what you are referring. Are you asking about TRT in general? As for costs, some insurance plans pay, many do not, many do not have perscription plans and many plans will not pay for hormone testing. Some will not pay for injectables which is silly as injectable test is very inexpensive and gels and patches can cost as much as $300/month. I pay for all out of pocket.
To get doctor prescribed T you need to show low T on blood work tests. If you are low, you should be:
-wanting to fall asleep after eating
-gaining fat notably around the belly
-loosing muscle mass and feeling weak
-feeling tired and unmotivated
-find little things frustrating
-sex drive or ED issues
-thin papery skin, dry flaky perhaps
-making more typo’s
-brain fog… not really in focus
-accident prone, breaking things in the kitchen etc
-insulin resistance and higher blood sugars
Low T comes for some in their 20’s but for most T fades slowly and will have low T typically in the late 50’s.
For those who inject, the blood work and doctor consults are the most expensive part. The challenge once you get motivated to go in this direction is finding a doctor who know this stuff. Many do not and many will not or don’t care. Many will be be doing this in a HMO or PPO plan as they will get black listed for driving up plan costs.
Search for TRT, RHT on this site and you have a few days of reading to do.