Medical and Non-Medical Testosterone and Steroid Hormone Usage


Testosterone is a hormone present in both men and women with a variety of effects throughout the body. It’s prescribed by medical professionals for several different conditions and testosterone levels are commonly measured in patients receiving testosterone therapy. There are many different laboratory tests available to measure testosterone; choosing the proper test can be confusing. In addition to the medical usages, testosterone and similar anabolic-androgenic steroids are also used and abused to increase athletic performance or improve appearance. This presentation provides an overview of how testosterone works, how to choose the right laboratory test to monitor testosterone levels, and the similarities and differences between testosterone and anabolic-androgenic steroids.

Originally presented on September 09, 2016, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Lecture Presenter

Amanda Ho, MD

Amanda Ho, MD

Clinical Pathology Resident PGY2
University of Utah School of Medicine

Dr. Amanda Ho is a medical resident in pathology at the University of Utah and ARUP Laboratories. She received her BA at Rice University in Houston, Texas and her MD at UT Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas.


After this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the similar and different effects of testosterone on men and women.
  • Compare different steroid hormone testing options.
  • Describe ways in which testing of hormones differs from testing for other analytes.
  • Explain the ways in which anabolic steroid usage for athletic performance differs from medical usage of testosterone therapy.

Sponsored by:

University of Utah School of Medicine, Department of Pathology, and ARUP Laboratories