Testosterone is often renowned as the hormone that causes bar fights, wrestling, and big muscles. It is associated with men mainly, but the truth is that women have a need of testosterone as well. Testosterone has been associated with helping women feel confident and sexy. The difference between men and women is the level of testosterone that men and women have. Women usually produce 0.25 milligrams of testosterone per day and men produce 10 to 40 times more than that. In women this hormone is produced in the ovaries and adrenal glands and in men is produced in the testes and the adrenal glands.
Testosterone increases muscle mass, bone mass, and aids in immune function. Low testosterone levels cause fatigue and decreased libido. Mild excess of this hormone causes acne, excess facial and arm hair, and polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). Moderate testosterone excess creates insulin resistance, weight gain, PCOS, and female androgenic alopecia (FAGA)- hair loss. Severe excess of testosterone causes hirsutism (need to shave), clitoral enlargement, deepening of the voice, and FAGA (female hair loss due to high testosterone levels).
As research continues, the science community is learning how important testosterone levels are in females. Women who have their ovaries removed often have 75% less testosterone than the normal amounts. This increases hot flashes and decreases libido and confidence.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you may have excess or a deficient level of testosterone and may need Bio-identical Hormone replacement therapy or vitamin supplements to aid in the production regulation of this hormone. Contact Becca Walters for further information.
Gottfried, Sara MD. “The Hormone Cure” New York. 2013. Scribner.