Testosterone in Women
Testosterone Contributes to Females’ Ability to Function at Their Highest Level, Feel Their Best and Live Their Healthiest Life
Testosterone is the androgen hormone that most associate with men, but many don’t realize that women have and need testosterone too.
In a healthy female, 60% of her body is estrogen and 40% testosterone, with nearly all being produced in the ovaries. This is compared to the 95 to 5% ratio testosterone to estrogen in men. Most women will begin to experience symptoms of declining testosterone levels in their early to mid-30’s. However, they should not simply rationalize their symptoms to “that's life and aging.” Testosterone, unlike estrogen, is not stored in the body so it depletes more rapidly. This is why symptoms start younger compared to the average age of 52 for menopause and estrogen related symptoms. As well as, the symptoms associated with this testosterone decline tend to seem vague.
So what does testosterone provide for females? Testosterone helps with energy levels, improves sleep, enhances libido and orgasm, stabilizes mood, combats anxiety and depression. It also plays a crucial role in executive level functioning in the brain. Meaning that with adequate testosterone levels we are better able to retain information, our short-term memory and recall is optimal. In the brain it allows for processing of new abstract thoughts and ideas, improving that brain fog or “mom brain.”
Testosterone also contributes to weight loss stabilization not only through increasing lean muscle. This in turn amps metabolism but by helping burn glucose or sugar. Also, improves insulin resistance and helps protect against developing diabetes, in those who have already been labeled as diabetic or pre-diabetic. When testosterone levels decrease, women will see the curviness of their hips start to disappear. She may also experience weight in the midsection that was never there before. It persists despite diet and exercise or no changes to lifestyle. Testosterone is a natural anti-inflammatory that can help improve joint pain. Importantly, testosterone helps keep breast tissue healthy and protects against the formation of cancer.
So what does “normal” look like from a laboratory standpoint? Well, that can be extremely variable and more important to focus on symptom control. How the woman is feeling once on therapy or what symptoms she is currently exhibiting not on treatment. Meaning it’s best to focus on what is optimal, not “normal” for each individual. But generally speaking, ideal levels for women can range from 100-200 ng/dL. The best way to find out if low testosterone levels are affecting you is with a simple blood test.
Testosterone contributes to females’ ability to function at their highest level day after day, feel their best and live their healthiest life. Often as testosterone levels decline, we tend to no longer feel like the person we remember or that we are crazy and losing it. No matter what we try, nothing seems to make a difference or get us closer to feeling like we want to. Well ladies…you don’t have to feel this way and it may be an answer as simple as declining testosterone.
If you have no energy no matter how much sleep you get, are experiencing brain fog and feel like you can’t remember anything anymore there is help. When women could care less about sex with their significant other despite loving them and missing that in your relationship there is most likely low testorone levels to blame.
Feeling moody, crabby or irritable, and can’t lose weight or gain muscle no matter what you've tried? Schedule labs and get your testosterone levels checked. Call to schedule a consultation and determine if testosterone replacement can help you and get you back to living the life you desire with Joi our affiliates for women's health.
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