Testosterone is known as a male hormone but is also very important to women as well. Testosterone helps regulate our libido, weight, muscle tone, bone strength, memory and mood. Women can experience low testosterone at any age.
Symptoms of deficiency include:
- Diminished muscle mass and tone
- Decreased libido
- Saggy skin and droopy eyelids
- Weight gain
- Decreased HDL (good cholesterol)
Some of the more common causes of low testosterone can be adrenal stress, the use of birth control medication, cholesterol medications, endometriosis, and menopause. It is also possible to have excess testosterone, and is commonly seen in women who have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). Before starting testosterone supplementation, it is important to have adequate levels of estrogen or the testosterone may not work as well. If you have low estrogen levels and take testosterone, there is an increased risk of heart attack. It is important to balance all your hormones at the same time.