Testosterone in Women and the Benefits
Testosterone is usually associated with men and often referred to as the male hormone. This doesn’t mean that women don’t produce it or that it is not important for a woman’s body to have. It is an important hormone in women, but their bodies produce much less than men do. It is produced in the ovaries and in adrenal glands, so any complication with the ovaries, or having them removed, can result in lowered amounts of the hormone.
How important is testosterone in women?
Testosterone has several important functions in women. It can assist in maintaining muscle and bone mass, which helps slow down the aging process and reduce the risk of osteoporosis. It also influences the production of human growth hormone, which is another hormone that encourages the body to burn fat before muscle, and can help keep the body healthy and leaner. In addition to helping muscles and bone stay strong, it can keep skin healthy and turn fat into muscle.
It isn’t purely physical what testosterone affects. It has a strong influence on personality, helping prevent depression, elevating mood, and making you feel more energetic. Not only that, but sexual characteristics are heavily affected by testosterone, with sex drive being influenced, as well as the sensitivity of the clitoris and nipples, resulting in more eagerness for sex, as well as a better experience during.
When to check for low testosterone?
There are certain times that generally result in lowered testosterone production. Menopause causes a sharp drop in how much your body makes, and having your ovaries removed will also greatly reduce how much your body naturally creates. Problems with the pituitary gland can also affect this, as it can fail to tell the adrenal glands to produce more testosterone.
However, there are some symptoms that might be caused by a lack of testosterone as well. These include:
- Depression or lack of energy
- Diminished sex drive
- Lack of motivation
- Greater sensitivity to pain
How to address low testosterone?
As with any hormone therapy, the first step is to have your hormonal balance measured to make sure a deficiency actually exists. Some exercises, such as weight lifting, can naturally increase testosterone production.
Bioidentical testosterone replacement is a good option, which will usually involve injections to deliver just the right amount of testosterone to the body without providing too much. Oral supplements are another choice, but they often contain too much and may cause unwanted side effects that a precisely measured injection would avoid entirely.