Testosterone In Women
Do women need testosterone?
Yes. Testosterone in women is an important hormone. However, too much or too little testosterone can cause a number of unwanted symptoms. Understanding those symptoms and how balancing your hormones can positively impact your life is a great first step to improving your overall health and wellness.
What are the symptoms of low testosterone in women?
Low testosterone (or testosterone deficiency) is when the body isn’t making enough testosterone to function optimally. The symptoms of low testosterone in women is similar to those in men.
Women with low testosterone may experience fatigue, low sex drive, and muscle weakness. It can also lead to osteoporosis, heart disease, and put you at risk of type 2 diabetes.
What are the Symptoms of high testosterone in women?
High testosterone in women may result in anovulation, infertility, hair loss, unexpected weight gain, acne, even issues of aggression or agitation.
Common causes of high testosterone in women are Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), adrenal issues, or exogenous steroid use.
What can the right testosterone level do for you?
- Increase sexual desire and improve libido
- Strengthen bones and reduce the risk of osteoporosis
- Strengthen muscles and reduce muscle loss
- Increase fat burning, especially in the mid-section
- Increase energy
- Decrease fatigue
- Improve well being
- Reduce insulin resistance and the risks of developing type 2 diabeties
- Improve cognition and help prevent brain fog and possibly Alzheimer’s disease
What are the treatments for high or low testosterone in women?
A testosterone deficiency is treated with hormone replacement therapy (HRT), which is prescribed by a doctor. Once started, testosterone replacement therapy is usually continued for life, but may change over time as the body's needs change.
There are a few options available for treating high testosterone in women, depending on your body's needs. In some cases an oral contraceptive is used. In others, anti-androgens or other hormone therapy may be a better solution.
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