Testosterone for Women Booklet
Understand your condition
Assess your symptoms
Female Sexual Function Self Assessment
This test will help with the diagnosis and management of progesterone deficiency in women. It will assess your symptoms and provide you with a series of action steps to assist you in managing these.
Conditions & treatment options.
- Breast disorders (non-cancerous)
- Breast cancer
- Depression & anxiety attacks
- Dyspareunia (painful intercourse)
- Early menopause
- Endometrial hyperplasia
- Estrogen dominance
- Fibrocystic breast disease
- Hot flashes
- Low libido in women
- Menorrhagia (heavy periods)
- Night sweats
- Oophorectomy (removal of the ovaries)
- Ovarian cysts
- Polycystic ovarian syndrome
- Post partum depression
- Premenstrual syndrome
- Turner's syndrome
- Uterine fibroids
- Vaginal dryness
What is Testosterone and do Women Need it?
Women naturally produce the hormones:
Testosterone in women is essential for:
- Preservation of bone
- Positive effect on libido
- Maintaining energy levels
Women suffering from testosterone deficiency may experience:
- Reduced libido
- Unexplained fatigue
- Lack of concentration
- Emotional mood changes
How Much Testosterone do Women Naturally Make?
Testosterone is normally associated with men. Men produce large quantities of testosterone and it is this hormone that has a masculine effect on men. It is responsible for bodily hair, deep voices, muscle bulk and libido (for more information on testosterone in men please follow this link).
Women only produce 5-10% of the amount of testosterone that men produce.
All female testosterone is naturally produced in the ovaries and adrenal glands. While the amount of testosterone that women make compared to men is small the effects on bone, libido, energy levels and muscular strength is as equally important.
Do Testosterone Levels Change Over Time?
Testosterone levels in the blood fluctuate naturally during the day being high in the early morning and decreasing as the day progresses. There is a small increase in testosterone levels at the time of ovulation.
Testosterone levels can also be affected by external factors (such as smoking, alcohol intake, oral contraceptive, some medications) and by illness.
In women, testosterone steadily declines from the early twenties onwards. A woman in her forties has half the level of testosterone than she did in her twenties.
For more information on the causes of testosterone deficiency in women please go to the next page.
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