We do know that Testosterone is the key male sex hormone that regulated fertility. It also helps develop secondary sexual characteristics like increasing muscle mass, fat distribution, and red blood cell production.
When testosterone levels drop it can lead to certain conditions including infertility. That is just one of the side effects of low testosterone.
However, did you know that women also have a slight level of testosterone in their bodies. Moreover, women’s testosterone levels naturally change throughout her life. It also changes during the menstrual cycle and even at different times of the day. A woman who has low levels of testosterone does not have enough to produce new blood cells, maintain sex drive, or boost levels of reproductive hormones.
Women also have testosterone
Testosterone is a part of a group of hormones known as androgens. Maintaining these levels is something that every woman must keep in mind. Testosterone levels affect women’s fertility and sex drive. It also lowers the production of red blood cells and increased muscle mass and fat distribution.
Testosterone is a male sex hormone. But that is not true. Everyone requires a certain amount of it, including women.
It is known that males have a higher level than females. However, female adrenal glands and ovaried produce a small amount of the hormone.
According to the University of Rochester Medical Center, a woman should ideally have 15-70 nanograms per deciliter of testosterone in her blood. At this point, there is no particular guideline for what should be considered ‘low’ levels in women.
How can you tell you’re low on hormones?
A woman who is low on the hormone will go through some symptoms. These symptoms will help you identify the issues and resolve them.
A woman with low levels of testosterone can feel sluggish, have muscle weakness and can experience fatigue. You can also have sleep disturbances and experience a lower sex drive. Decreased sexual satisfaction is another symptom to look out for.
The other symptoms are fairly common but they are ones to keep track of. You might experience weight gain and have fertility issues. Irregular menstrual cycles are also a symptom of low testosterone. The others may include vaginal dryness and loss of bone density.
Watch out for these symptoms. You can still research on areas that are still limited.
These are fairly common symptoms but once you go to the doctor, they will lookout for signs of other issues or conditions before making a proper diagnosis.
The doctors may check for signs of depression, anxiety, chronic stress or thyroid disease.
Causes of low levels of testosterone
There are two main causes of being low on this hormone. The lowering of the levels of the hormone could be a result of menopause or aging. Women who have problems with ovaries pituitary or adrenal gland can also cause women to have low hormone levels.
Testosterone decreases naturally as a woman ages. Levels of other hormones, such as estrogen, also reduce over time. Especially when a woman reaches menopause. Around the time of menopause, a woman may be likely to have less testosterone because the ovaries are producing fewer hormones.
Some women use medication to combat the side effects of menopause. These medications can lower the levels of the hormone. Oral estrogen is one such medication.
Another cause of low testosterone is when women have problems with ovaries and adrenal glands. The levels could have lowers if a woman had removed her ovaries.
There are a few ways by which a woman can increase the levels of testosterone. There are some estrogen replacement drugs that contain the hormone. However, the quantity in the drug may not be enough to raise the levels. Also, the body may not absorb them sufficiently
A doctor may administer some injection or pellets. It is expected to have the same effect on women as on men. The injections raise energy levels, decrease fatigue and increase sex drive.
But many doctors advise not to take these measures. They may cause some side effects. The Food and Drug Administration has approved a few treatments for women. However, they may cause some side effects like hair loss, acne, excess facial hair or an enlarged clitoris.
Some doctors may recommend alternative therapies to treat the symptoms of low testosterone women. These include eating a healthy diet, getting enough sleep, take steps to manage stress or sex therapy.
There is also DHEA which is a steroid hormone that is produced by adrenal glands. But it is still not proven that DHEA is safe and efficient in the long term.
Doctors and researchers still do not fully understand how low levels affect women. If a woman experiences any symptoms the doctor can get a blood test which will help him make a diagnosis.
However, never take replacement therapy without a doctor’s recommendation. These therapies may cause more unpleasant side effects than relief.