Why Women Need Testosterone

Why Women Need Testosterone

by Natalie (SU)

Why Women Need a Minute Amount of Testosterone and Men Need Progesterone

One of the biggest reasons that women need a small amount of testosterone is to regulate female reproductive health. In females, testosterone production is carried out in the ovaries and adrenal glands. Female testosterone levels rise during puberty, peaking in their mid-twenties. Without enough testosterone, women are less likely to be fertile, as it stimulates the circulation to pelvic organs, increasing the likelihood of conception. It also raises her libido so that a woman is more likely to engage in sexual intercourse when she is fertile.

Research has indicated that testosterone offers other benefits, such as increased cognitive function, and improved stress responses. However, it also affects mood, and can cause irritability, depression, and an increased risk of heart attacks. It is believed to be why many women are more likely to experience a heart attack after menopause.

Women need only a tiny amount of testosterone. It must be carefully balanced and monitored in women, in order to avoid unwanted side effects, such as developing excess facial hair, a deeper voice, and acne. (Testosterone therapy in males should also be monitored over time to ensure the hormone levels are appropriate.) A healthy testosterone range for women is considered to be 15 to 70 ng/dL total testosterone, with 3 to 1.9 ng/dL of free testosterone. 

Long-term testosterone therapy for women is not recommended, however short term testosterone therapy may be right for some women. In many cases, women can increase their testosterone levels by changing their diet by cutting back on sugar and carbohydrates, and eating a diet with plenty of healthy fats. Healthy fats include avocados, coconut oil, pumpkin seeds, olive oil, and organic grass-fed beef. Adding regular exercise to your routine can also boost healthy testosterone and other hormone levels.

Only a qualified physician can determine if any form of hormone therapy is right for you. If you, or a loved one would like to know more about healthy testosterone levels in women or men, please call us at (833) 387-6737 today, or use our convenient online form. At SynergenX Health, we provide sophisticated care for both female and male testosterone replacement, weight management, as well as aesthetic services.