Sex Hormone (SHBG) Testing
  • Product Description
  • How it works
  • FAQs

Product Description

Sex Hormone (SHBG) Testing

What is SHBG?

The SHBG protein, also known as Sex Hormone-Binding Globulin, is primarily generated by your liver. Upon its release into the bloodstream, SHBG binds to oestrogen and testosterone to transport these sex hormones into the blood in their inactive forms. Men and women have both oestrogen and testosterone, but their levels differ. For example, 70% of testosterone in women is bound to SHBG and 45% is bound to SHBG in men. The differences in SHBG binding between the sexes accounts for female and male physical characteristics.

Even slight changes in SHBG levels and, subsequently, testosterone and oestrogen can result in various symptoms. For men, decreased testosterone typically causes symptoms. Examining their SHBG levels can help determine the reasons behind decreased sex drive and erectile dysfunction. For women, small increases in testosterone can result in infertility, increased hairiness, acne, and amenorrhoea (no monthly periods).

Why consider this SHBG test?

Whether you are a man or a woman, you should take this test if you are suffering from any of the above symptoms. An SHBG test can help determine whether elevated or decreased testosterone levels are behind your symptoms.

Explain the SHBG home test process?

Once your order your home test kit, you will receive a package containing the kit. You will collect a blood sample using the tools provided and send the sample to one of our accredited Ireland labs via a pre-paid postage envelope. We will analyse it swiftly and accurately.

When will my home test kit arrive?

Orders made before end of business hours on weekdays are mailed out that same day. It will reach you in 2 to 4 days via An Post.

How will I receive my test results?

Within one workday of receiving your sample, our lab will complete the analysis. As soon as your results are ready, a member of our team will reach out to you directly to discuss your results. You can also check your secure patient portal online with your confidential login information. Your results will be listed here once they are ready.

What should I do about my results?

If the SHBG Test identifies concerning levels in your blood, we recommend you speak with a doctor. Better2Know can assist you in scheduling a private consultation with a doctor in your area. You can also speak to your GP. Meeting with a healthcare professional either before the test or after the results can help you better understand your body and manage treatment properly.

How do I order my home test kit?

You can purchase the test kit now by selecting ‘Add to Basket’ and proceeding to checkout. If you prefer to process your order over the phone, you can call the number listed above to speak to a member of our Patient Services team. They are available 24/7 to help you with orders and answer any questions you may have.

How it works

How It Works

Buying your home test kits online is simple:

  • 1 Buy your test online.
  • 2 Receive it in the post.
  • 3 Provide a sample.
  • 4 Return your sample to our lab in the postage-paid return envelope provided
  • 5 Check your results securely online.

We provide a completely confidential and anonymous service. Please refer to our FAQs above, for more information. If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact us, using the phone number at the top of the page.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When will you send my kit to me?

If your order is placed before 4pm on a working day, then it will be sent the same day. Otherwise it will be sent on the next working day.

Q: Why do you need my email address?

Your Patient Services Manager, Louise Wright, will email you your login details to access your results, a confirmation your kit has been dispatched and finally when all your results are ready. We do not sell on or email you any other marketing materials, that is why we do not ask you to opt in or out of anything.

Q: Do I need to use my real name?

No, but the postman does need to know where to deliver the kit to. As long as you use a name that will get the kit to you, then we do not need your real name.

Q: What does the kit packaging look like?

It will arrive in plain white envelope with your typed name and address on it.

Q: What if I have any more questions?

You can email Louise by replying to one of the emails she has sent to you. She will do her best to answer them.