What Is Testosterone And Why Do Both Men And Women Need It?

What if Your Testosterone Level is Too High?

Testosterone imbalance doesn’t mean low levels; it also describes higher than normal levels. The only thing is that the former is more common.

In any case, you can also have too much of the hormone. This is most commonly observed among professional athletes and bodybuilders who use anabolic steroids and other related substances.

Possible issues from too much testosterone in men include:

  • Shrinking of the testicles
  • Reduced sperm production
  • Weight gain
  • Higher cholesterol levels
  • Overly aggressive behavior
  • Prostate enlargement
  • Liver disease
  • Heart muscle damage
  • Mood swings and irritability

Young kids with very high levels of the male hormone may experience puberty very early – possibly before turning nine. This is a very rare disorder, though.

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is synonymous with excessive testosterone in women. It results when the ovaries produce too much of the androgen. The cause isn’t clear, but scientists think it may have to do with genetics and the environment.

Symptoms of high testosterone levels in women can include:

  • Deepening of voice
  • Hair loss similar to male pattern baldness
  • Irregular menstrual cycles
  • Reduction in breast size
  • Enlargement of the clitoris
  • Acne
  • Thick or oily skin

While too much testosterone can lead to male pattern baldness, it can also give rise to excessive hair growth on the face, pubic area and other parts of the body in both men and women. It has the potential to contribute to infertility problems as well.

Researchers have observed in recent years that high levels of the male hormone may increase the risk of uterine fibroids in women.

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