Female Testosterone: Do Women Need Testosterone?

Of course!

Women use testosterone for all the same reasons as men (except sperm production)

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Disclaimer: This information isn’t a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. You should never rely upon this article for specific medical advice. If you have any questions or concerns, please talk to your doctor.

Testosterone Levels in Women

Testosterone is an essential hormone for both men and women. Testosterone moderates your mood and boosts energy levels. It also increases libido, promotes strong muscles and bones, and helps you perform everyday bodily functions. Everyone needs testosterone.

What are Normal Testosterone Levels in Women?

Most female testosterone is made in the ovaries and adrenal glands, and normal testosterone levels in women is between 2 – 45 ng/dL. (Normal testosterone levels in men is 300-1,000ng/dL). Even though women on have a fraction of the testosterone as men, it still plays an essential role in women’s health. Low testosterone in women can cause:

  • Diminished sex drive (especially after menopause)
  • Fragile bones (testosterone promotes bone and muscle growth)
  • Depression

Female Testosterone Replacement Therapy

Very small doses of testosterone replacement therapy can help some women cope with these symptoms of low testosterone. But not without risk. Side effects of testosterone replacement therapy in women include:

  • Male pattern baldness
  • Facial hair growth
  • Enlarged clitoris (cliteromegaly)
  • Deeper voice
  • Changes in the menstrual cycle

Women need testosterone to live healthy lives. Make sure your testosterone is within healthy ranges if you experience any low testosterone symptoms. Talk to your doctor about testosterone replacement therapy to see if TRT is right for you before you take any unregulated testosterone supplements.

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