Cheap Bloodwork - How to Get It WITHOUT Insurance
- 07-06-2012, 02:49 PM
I've posted a thread on this forum about my 10 year battle with hypogonadism....
Neway, getting to the point - I finally have a doctor that understands that I need TRT/HRT but due to lack of insurance coverage (since 2009) I have been unable to get the proper tests done. I've gotten a few free/total testosterone and TSH labs but nothing else.
I've checked out the website. The Female Hormone Panel is very affordable.
(Much more than the "male hormone panel")
One thing I need to know is though - does it provide "Free Testosterone" and "Total" or just "Total T" (I need both)?
Metabolic Panels (which are included in this test) always include liver function (ALT...etc.) and kidney function. But besides that Free T and SHBG are very important (as is prolactin).
Any thoughts? Have any of you purchased another package from privatemdlabs that covers free, shbg, and maybe even prolactin / cortisol?
- 07-13-2012, 04:44 AM
quick question - I ran my first and only PH cycle a year ago [pmag] and I was looking to start my second [hdrol/pstanz] at the end of the month. Never gotten bloodwork and I'm interested in getting this looked into. Is the general consensus to get work done before cycle to establish a baseline and then after pct to make sure you have recovered properly?
07-13-2012, 06:01 AM
07-23-2012, 01:37 AM
08-27-2012, 12:07 PM
Is it possible to go through this site and have insurance pay for it?
Or would I have to go to a doctor and have them request it in order to get insurance to cover the bloodwork? If so, what should I ask them for so that they don't just do a general bloodtest and actually test for every single thing? Just got insurance from work so definitely wanna make good use of it after not having had insurance for the past 5 years.
08-27-2012, 07:48 PM
08-27-2012, 08:58 PM
With that being said, if you want insurance to cover it, you need to tell your doc what you're doing, and why you need the tests, they can't prevent you from doing AAS or PH's, and they cannot tell anyone about it. What they can do is order the correct bloodwork for you.
Aside from that... are you seriously worried about $50 for blood work when the PH/AAS and support supps cost much more than that?...
08-27-2012, 08:59 PM
08-27-2012, 09:03 PM
08-27-2012, 10:04 PM
And I'm not using any PH/AAS so not really concerned about any levels of hormones being thrown out of whack in my body due to them. I'd just like a full panel covering everything because I'd be interested in knowing if anything is off. Even people who don't use PH/AAS might have something in their body that could use fixing due to poor nutritional habits or whatever else.
For all I know, I could have been dealing with low energy levels all these years and just kind of accepted it as "normal" or due to aging when there's really something else going on. I'd like to a comprehensive check-up that covers everything rather than going in and saying I feel this way or that and have them check certain things and not even bother with something else that might prove to be an important indicator of my current state.
Thanks for taking the time to answer me though. I appreciate it.
08-31-2012, 12:28 AM
iD, go to your doctor and tell him your concerns, and he will order a blood test that's even more comprehensive than what you get w/ a hormone panel. Your insurance should cover a full physical once a year too...
09-05-2012, 12:17 AM
I am going to be getting the Anabolic Steroid Panel test done, it tests for IGF-1 but there is a seperate test for HGH and I was wondering if there was a big difference between IGF-1 and HGH. If my IGF-1 is normal does that mean GH levels would be normal? Thanks.
09-05-2012, 02:38 PM
I've always read that IGF-1 is typically a good indicator as how your body is producing HGH. I wouldn't pay the extra amount unless you just have the extra dinero.Originally Posted by mando2112
09-12-2012, 06:32 PM
Does anyone know if this would be an eligible HSA expense without having a a physician order the test? I've been trying to figure it out but it seems questionable looking at the allowable expense list.
09-16-2012, 07:32 PM
I'm curious of that as well. One could try and if it didn't work just pay back the expense.Originally Posted by PintSizPopeye
09-18-2012, 10:11 PM
Well that was easy, I should have just started with an email to them rather than wasting my time going through the HSA information. This is the response I got from them:
"Please be aware, our services are strictly self-pay and are not eligible for submission as a claim to your health insurance provider, but can be used for Flexible Spending and Heath Savings Account reimbursements.
There is an option to print a receipt for orders by logging into your secure account. Located below the order number, click on ‘View Receipt’ to print the only receipt we provide."
Well now I know for next time... just figured I'd share this little bit of information for anyone else who was curious.
09-18-2012, 10:20 PM
09-20-2012, 06:36 PM
Just did this today. It was really fast and easy. Waiting for my results now. I got the female hormone panel and lipids. This makes me feel 100 times better about starting next cycle knowing my bloodwork.
10-01-2012, 10:36 AM
10-04-2012, 04:38 AM
10-22-2012, 07:39 PM
If you have insurance, can you just come to a doctor and request your bloodwork to be done? Why do you claim you need it?
10-22-2012, 08:04 PM
Yes, you'd pretty much be able to get most standard blood work done (CBC, Metabolic Panel, Lipids, TSH).
Other stuff like Testosterone and other hormones you'll have to come up with some "symptoms" to have them order it otherwise insurance will probably not pay for the tests.
My doctor didn't even wanna order cortisol, prolactin, PSA and some other stuff for me. Said it's for "old people". Also said tests like Estrogen and LH are for "women" and asked if I'm female and said he's the doctor so let him do his thing and disregarded my concerns.
Needless to say, I will eventually find another doctor who's more open to requesting blood work. Also, you could consider a High-Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) f your work offers it and you calculate it to be worth it.
I believe someone mentioned PrivateMDLabs blood work is a Health Savings Account eligible expense which I can get through my employer by enrolling into the HDHP plan.
11-13-2012, 03:20 PM
Quick question. Should I take a day off lifting prior to test morning? I know I should fast. Curious if a lift day before would skew the results.
I'm not doing cycles or anything, just wanted to get the "Female Hormone" and "Lipid (Ratio)" tests for my own knowledge. Never had either. (28yo)
11-28-2012, 02:48 PM
Hello Everyone, I received my results by from LabCorp this morning. My Testosterone Serum result was 347 from the range 348-1197, and my Estradiol result was 41.6 from the range 7.6-42.6. Are there any Testosterone boosters that can help me. Thanks!
02-07-2013, 11:49 PM
02-08-2013, 06:28 PM
I just ordered my test yesterday. Got my blood drawn today. Test purchase was easy, lab experience was good with a five minute in/out with no wait. We will see my results in a few days.
Def would recommend this to everyone!
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