Testosterone in Women
Although described as a male hormone, testosterone is also present in women. It is produced by the ovaries and adrenal glands. The main difference is that females only need smaller amounts, compared to males.
A healthy balance of estrogen and testosterone is crucial to ovarian function in women. It helps to make the ovaries work as well as they need to.
The male sex hormone also serves some other similar functions as it does in men. It promotes bone growth, strength, and sex drive in women.
Testosterone also helps a woman to produce red blood cells and to properly distribute body fat. It can enhance fertility due to effects it has on other reproductive hormones.
The following are some symptoms that may be noticed when a woman has lower level than normal:
- Weight gain
- Vaginal dryness
- Lower sex drive
- Irregular menstrual cycles
- Sleep problems
- Muscle weakness and fatigue
- Fragile bones
These symptoms are most common around menopause when women tend to experience drastic drop in hormone levels.