Men Aren't the Only Ones Producing Testosterone - Should You Have Yours Checked?

Men Aren't the Only Ones Producing Testosterone - Should You Have Yours Checked?

by Shearly (SU)

Most people hear “testosterone” and their first and only thought relates to men. After all, it is the most important male sex hormone. Although, what may surprise you, is that women produce testosterone as well. Women produce increased amounts of testosterone during puberty, in the ovaries and adrenal glands, while men produce testosterone in the testes.

Research has shown that testosterone production is substantially lower in women than it is in men, as women produce just a fraction of the amount of testosterone each day that men do. Levels of testosterone peak for women in their early 20s, and by the time a woman has reached menopause, she will have only about half (50 percent) of the testosterone she once had.

Testosterone is responsible for traits such as body hair, muscle mass, and strength. Men with low levels of testosterone might notice a reduction in these traits, while too much testosterone in women can cause these traits to be more pronounced. However, testosterone in women has many functions. It is important for bone strength and development of lean muscle mass and strength. Testosterone also contributes to overall sense of well-being and energy level. It is best known for its crucial role in a woman's sex drive, or libido.

Testosterone levels tend to decrease with age in both men and women. Some men start to lose about 10 percent of their testosterone every decade once they reach their 30s. Women’s testosterone levels decline significantly leading up to menopause, and continue to do so during and after menopause. Also, women who have their ovaries removed are at significant risk for decreased testosterone levels and the subsequent symptoms associated with it.

According to healthline.com, a normal testosterone-level range for men is 300 to 1,000 nanograms per deciliter (ng/dL). For women, it’s between 15 and 70 nanograms per deciliter. It's normal for you to have changes to your level of testosterone throughout your life, but if you think it may be too low, visiting a specialist to discuss the possibility of testosterone replacement therapy is important.

The first step towards regulating things is to get your testosterone levels checked out, and then the doctor can provide the right treatment plan for you. To find out more about testosterone and how too low or too high testosterone levels can affect you, call SynergenX Health at (281) 362-5580, or request an appointment online.