If you are like most women, you probably dont spend much time thinking about your testosterone levels. While testosterone is typically thought of as a male hormone, it is just as critical to your health as the more common female hormones like estrogen and progesterone. You simply produce testosterone in much smaller amounts.
Testosterone plays an important role in normal female sexual development. The initiation of menstruation and puberty is, in part, triggered by testosterone production. Additionally, testosterone stimulates libido. Levels of the hormone rise and decline during the menstrual cycle to insure that sexual desire increases just before ovulation, when a woman is fertile and chances are greatest for conception.
Testosterone also restores vitality and energy levels, helps reduce depression, balances mood and, in part, engenders attributes such as optimism, assertiveness, and aggressiveness that are usually associated with male behavior.
Finally, testosterone benefits female health by helping to relieve menopause symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats, nervousness, vaginal dryness, and the strength of vaginal tissues. It can also help to prevent osteoporosis.
Do You Have Testosterone Deficiency?
Even the small amount of testosterone you produce can have a significant effect on your quality of life. If levels are below normal, you can experience a wide range of emotional symptoms, including decreased energy, depression, and anxiety. Youll also notice a few physical effects as well, such as loss of libido, osteoporosis, and insomnia.
The following checklist will give you an idea of whether you are experiencing the effects of inadequate testosterone production.
- I am over the age of 50.
- I experience menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, mood swings, and vaginal dryness.
- I lack interest in sex.
- I have a tendency toward depression.
- I often feel withdrawn.
- I have experienced a decline in the frequency of my sexual activity and orgasms.
- I suffer from persistent fatigue.
- I have osteoporosis and suffer from frequent bone fractures.
- I have rheumatoid arthritis.
- I lack stamina.
- I have experienced a decline in my level of assertiveness.
- I typically have little desire to take risks.
- I have poor muscle tone or weak muscles.
If you answered yes to three or more of these questions, you very likely have low testosterone levels. If this is the case, you may want to get your hormone levels tested.
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