Despite its reputation for being the “macho” hormone produced by men, testosterone plays an important role for women, as well. Similar to its effects on men, testosterone levels in women impact fertility, sex drive, red blood cell production, and distribution of muscle mass and fat. And like its presence in men, testosterone levels in a female wanes over time as her ovaries and adrenal glands slow down or stop the production of certain hormones.
However, it’s estimated that somewhere between 10 and 15 million women suffer from low testosterone, and it’s not only post-menopausal women—many are women in their 20s and 30s.
Women who have low testosterone levels tend to experience fatigue and weakness, low sex drive, weight gain, fertility issues, and irregular menstrual cycles, among other common symptoms. And because not much is known about testosterone in women, doctors will often test for other common causes of these symptoms in an effort to correctly diagnose low testosterone.
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