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Should Women Be Concerned About Testosterone?

Should Women Be Concerned About Testosterone? While the hormone testosterone is usually associated with men, it’s important for women, too.

Produced in the adrenal glands and ovaries, testosterone plays a role in sex drive and fertility. But women’s bodies make less than testosterone than men’s bodies do.

Some women have low testosterone because of problems in the ovaries, the adrenal glands, or the pituitary gland, which helps trigger the hormone’s production.

Women’s testosterone levels also decline at menopause, similar to the drops in estrogen that occur at that time.

When a woman has low testosterone, she might become less interested in sex and experience vaginal dryness, which can make sex uncomfortable. She might also feel weak and tired.

Women who think they have low testosterone should always see a healthcare professional. Other conditions, like depression, anxiety, and thyroid disease can have similar symptoms, so ruling out these possibilities is a good first step.

Experts believe that testosterone replacement therapy might be appropriate for some postmenopausal women. This approach should always be done under a doctor’s supervision. Currently, there are no testosterone products approved for women, and women undergoing testosterone therapy should be monitored carefully.

It’s also possible for women to have higher-than-normal levels of testosterone. In this case, they might have more body hair, a deeper voice, and irregular menstrual periods.

High testosterone is also linked to polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and infertility.

Resources

Mayo Clinic

“Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)”

(August 29, 2017)

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/pcos/symptoms-causes/syc-20353439

Medical News Today

Fletcher, Jenna

“What happens when a woman has low testosterone?”

(August 2, 2018)

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/322663.php

WebMD

“Normal Testosterone and Estrogen Levels in Women”

(November 25, 2018)

https://www.webmd.com/women/guide/normal-testosterone-and-estrogen-levels-in-women#1