This Is How To Get A Dirt Cheap Testosterone Test
This is the most important article ever published on this website.
Not because the testosterone test is a core concept in androgen hacking …
… but because the high costs of testing ALMOST lead to the demise of AndrogenHacker altogether.
The key word here is almost.
That was until I took action on an (unconventional) plan aimed at getting you a low cost testosterone test. The plan worked, but not like I expected.
This is part 2 of the “getting started” series. Let’s pick up where we left off and flesh out exactly how testosterone testing relates to androgen hacking.
Are you ready to get started?
Let’s jump right in.
- The Importance Of Establishing A Baseline
- Testosterone Testing Is At The Core Of AndrogenHacker
- Trying To Optimize Without Testing Will Fail
- The Problem: High Cost Testosterone Tests
- The Solution: Not One, But 2 Coupon Codes
The Importance Of Establishing A Baseline
Taking a testosterone test to establishing your baseline is the first step.
Don’t make the mistake of starting out by implementing strategies! It is absolutely essential to establish baseline labs BEFORE making any changes to your routine.
In androgen hacking, getting a baseline testosterone level (and ideally a few others) is just like getting a ‘before picture’. You can never ‘go back’ and will never be able to properly gauge your progress.
Testosterone Testing Is At The Core Of AndrogenHacker
This idea of tracking and trending labs is a core concept in the process of androgen hacking.
A testosterone test provides you with empirical evidence.
Each individual result represents a snapshot of a multitude of lifestyle factors from your recent past. It is a numerical represention of how you are currently living (sleep, stress, supplements, etc.). The entire premise of androgenhacker is to find the factors negatively impacting our T and fix them. We use the trends in labs to guide us and the changes we make. This process isn’t something you can do passively. It requires you to man up and take action.
Consider the famous quote:
“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
Here is a high level overview of this simple process:
- Establish baseline labs.
- Consider research into testosterone and what factors it tells us are important.
- Evaluate these factors in our own personal life.
- Make changes to your protocol based on steps 2 and 3.
- Retest labs. This is your new baseline. Go back to step 2.
Note: The actual AndrogenHacker program uses this process, but it has one key difference. See part 3 in the “getting started” series for details.
The changes we make are individualized. We make an educated guess based on what we know about our lifestyle and what we know from research.
Let’s look at an example of how this might play out in real life:
Our fictional friend ‘Mr. Joe Lowtest’ recently had some blood work which showed a T level of 350ng/dl. (Step 1)
Mr. Lowtest has recently learned that low fat diets are linked to lower testosterone. (Step 2)
Joe has been on one of those gimmicky low fat diets with his wife. He realizes this may not be beneficial to his testosterone levels based on the research. (Step 3)
He drops the low fat diet and increases his fat intake to a more appropriate amount. (Step 4)
He goes to have his testosterone retested. His testosterone level is now 412ng/dl. (Step 5)
Congrats Mr. Lowtest! The changes you made were successful.
You do need to be mindful:
- No single factor ever exists in isolation.
- Different factors influence testosterone levels at different rates and intensities.
The research tells us that more fat means more testosterone, but what if his levels went down? All other lifestyle factors being equal, this dietary ‘fact’ is clearly not true in Mr. Lowtest’s case.
Had he not been tracking his labs, he would never know. He would continue eating a high fat diet simpily because the research suggests it is what he should be doing. In reality though, as an individual, this action is making his testosterone levels worse.
This is why testing is a core principle of androgen hacking.
Trying To Optimize Without Testing Will Fail
Without testing, making changes to your protocol is essentially guesswork or based on questionable logic.
The key issue is that there is nothing scientific or methodical about other (Non-TRT) approaches.
Traditonal approaches to ‘increase testosterone naturally’ fail for 3 reasons:
1. Lack Of Testing
A program may do a decent job using an evidence based ‘shotgun approach’ to increase testosterone. The problem is you will never really know if the interventions are actually working. In a solution like this, you are essentially spinning your wheels. You blindly ‘do your best’ to do the things you’re supposed to be doing. This approach is essentially no different than the protocol of the next guy “just trying to be healthy”.
Who never really knows what’s actually happening to your testosterone.
2. Using The Subjective As A Guide
Your can’t reliably use changes in the signs and symptoms of hypogonadism (“libido” or “mental clarity”) to optimize. Even if signs and symptoms were not subjective, we know that they do not necessarily always positively correlated with an increase in testosterone. For example: There are many people out there who have low T and a high libido.
3. Assuming Truth
The issue here is when we assume something works just because the research says it should.
The fact is that people do have oddball nonsensical responses to various interventions. There is no such thing as a cookie cutter solution to low T. We are all individuals and our results to various interventions will vary significantly.
The Problem: High Cost Testosterone Tests
Price is the main excuse I hear from men for why they cant check their testosterone levels. I’ve even heard it from men who have never tested. Not once… in their entire life!
I’ve received feedback from a few of you who have been successful in increasing your testosterone following steps 1-3 of androgen hacking. You then end up quitting in the optimization phase because of testing cost. It kills me when I hear feedback like this.
As androgen hacking becomes more popular, I’m starting to have increasingly frequent conversations regarding the cost of testosterone testing.
It’s clearly a MAJOR problem …
… and I have found (an unconventional) solution.
And no, we aren’t going to macgyver together some sort of ghetto DIY-lab-equipment using popsicle sticks and an old piece of flavorless gum (Sorry! Maybe next week).
Lame dad jokes aside -
Here’s how the whole thing actually went down:
It all started with a simple Google search.
I was able to find a few cheap options, but only after getting to like page 8 of google results. I’m sorry, but if I’m not seeing your business until page 8 of my google results, then I have some major reservations.
Next option please.
The problem was there was no ‘next’…
The choices were either:
- Known reputable companies with industry standard pricing (Anywhere from $60 - $110 for a regular testosterone test. Yikes!).
- Mr. page 8 of google whose prices are low only because it’s probably some guy using the DIY lab (mentioned above) and running the entire business from his mom’s basement.
I grew increasingly frustrated with this whole situation. My dream would be for all men to have the ability to take advantage of the concepts found on this website.
It’s become clear to me now that testing costs create a large barrier to entry. One of the biggest advantages to androgen hacking over other solutions (TRT) is that most of the big important interventions (sleep, sex, and lifting heavy) can be implemented without spending a dime. Unfortunately, that’s not the case when you factor in the optimization phase. Testing both before and after individual changes can get expensive.
I nearly gave up, but then I started thinking a little less linear about the whole situation. I came up with several “outside the box” ideas. I even played with the notion of redesigning the AndrogenHacker methodology to mitigate cost, but doing this comes with the risk breaking a process that I know works.
Ideally, there would be a way for you guys to have access to one of the companies we all trust, but at a lower price.
That thought was my light bulb. It was the solution to this problem.
I came up with an idea:
I first started by reaching out to the companies I’ve used before - The one’s that have always given me a good experience.
I provided simple and straightforward context.
“As the founder of a popular men’s health website, my community can benefit from getting their testosterone levels checked.”
I was then direct, clear, and to the point - qualities I never had before androgen hacking and obtaining higher testosterone levels.
“Would you be interested in providing a discount code for the AndrogenHacker community?”
What was the worst thing that could happen?
They say no?
They don’t respond?
Big whoop. Responses did come back and with varying degrees of interest, but there was one that instantly stood out to me as being the perfect choice.
The Solution: Not One, But 2 Coupon Codes
The company that I’m referring to is Health Testing Centers (HTC).
The following 2 things are great, but it’s NOT what stood out to me the most:
The fact that they provided not 1, but 2 coupon codes for you guys.
The fact that each discount is extremely generous.
Why then, was HealthTestingCenters the obvious choice for the AndrogenHacker community?
My request somehow ended up in front of the eyes of Dave Lovely - the president of the entire company. Don’t ask me how. I haven’t got a clue. All I know is that I’m grateful it did.
The short answer is that it’s because of what I learned in conversation with Mr. Lovely - or Dave if he doesn’t mind me calling him that…
… It’s a great name. *Ehmm*
Anyway, after my initial email, there were several more emails exchanged. We ended up talking about testosterone. It turns out, he knows what it’s like to have low testosterone. Just like the rest of us, it’s an issue that he has had to work though.
He has taken action and found success with TRT, which I support. Sure, this website focuses on biohacking, but there is no denying the massive body of evidence proving TRT to be an asset to men’s health. Taking action to increase testosterone levels and improve your health is the mission of AndrogenHacker.
I’m not sure if it was because of his connection to testosterone or what the reason was, but Dave ended up giving you guys 2 separate discount codes to use.
Coupon 1: Will give you $20 off the entire order.
Coupon 2: Will give you 10% off the entire order.
As I write this, I can’t help but feel a sense of relief. I’m extremely grateful for Dave and his generosity.
I’m so impressed in fact that I’ve decided to brand AndrogenHacker as an official associate of HTC and HTC only. I tell you this for a few reasons:
As an associate, I do earn a small commission when you use the links below to make a purchase. I would never want it to come off like I’m trying to “pull a fast one” on you. There is no additional cost or markup to you when you make a purchase - only the discount when you use the code. Your trust is important to me and that’s why I’m brutally honest about this sort of thing.
2. The Best Solution
This story is a testament to Dave and his company. HTC is clearly the best fit for AndrogenHacker. When you see promotions on this website, this is the reason why. In addition, I don’t ever promote products and services unless I know they are actually beneficial to you.
By the way, Dave doesn’t know that I’m dropping all other lab recommendations. This isn’t something I have to do. There is no contract or official business deal. I’m switching to Heath Testing Centers completely on my own. After this experience, I don’t feel right about anyone else.
Do you prefer a different way to test testosterone? I think that’s great. There is no obligation here. I’m just happy to be able to provide you with a cheap quality option.
You do you brother.
Step 1 - The 3 Most Important Labs
For your convenience, I have directly linked to the various labs below.
If you’re just getting started with androgen hacking, the 3 labs here in step #1 (Total T, Free T, & SHBG) are the most important. There is also a ‘combo’ package for total and free T which will save you a bit more.
You have to have some sort of reference point:
In order to be able to participate in the AngrogenHacker methodology, you must at a very minimum get either a Total T or a Free T level checked.
Click the links below for the labs you want to test and select the “add to cart” option.
Coupon Code Price: $34
Coupon Code Price: $59
Testosterone, Free & Total (Combo)
Coupon Code Price: $69
Coupon Code Price: $47
Step 2 - Consider Other Panels & Packages
Keep in mind that you will never have this opportunity to draw these baseline labs again. After you start in with the actual program, there is a good chance that many other parameters (not just testosterone) in your blood work will change.
If you are considering this program because you are experiencing various signs and symptoms of Low T, keep in mind that there is always the possibility that it may be related to another disease process altogether. If you went to your regular doctor describing various symptoms, they would more than likely check other labs as well.
If you went to your doctor and told them you were “tired all the time”, they would probably also check a thyroid panel to rule out disease process.
I’m not a doctor and (more than likely) neither are you. You have to be aware that the testosterone test is not the end-all-be-all. Medicine is complex. There may be a variety of factors contributing to your current situation.
Just something to be aware of.
Anyway, here is a list of other panel’s & packages that have been prepackaged for mens health by HTC:
Expanded Male Hormone Panel
Coupon Code Price: $197.10
Comprehensive Male Hormone Panel
Coupon Code Price: $557.10
Step 3 - Apply The Coupon Code
After adding the labs you want to the cart, you can apply the following codes:
10% Off Discount code
Used for orders over $200.
$20 Off Coupon Code
Used for orders less than $200.
Conclusion & Next Steps
So that’s it.
Today we covered two very important topics.
Why blood work is so critical to androgen hacking.
Exactly how you can get a low cost testosterone test.
After you have established your baseline numbers, it’s time to see where you stand.
Are your levels high? low? normal?
You can find out RIGHT NOW in part 3 in the ‘getting started’ series:
David, RN, CCRN