When we say the word testosterone, most people will automatically think of men. Typically known as a male hormone, it’s quite rare for women to be concerned about their testosterone levels, but they should be.
Although testosterone plays a larger role in men, women can still suffer if their levels become low. In men, testosterone is responsible for mood, regulating weight, maintaining muscle and libido. A drop in testosterone can result in a decline in these areas. When men experience a drop in testosterone they may not feel like themselves, but in women the symptoms of low testosterone can mask themselves as another illness. It is important to recognize the signs of low testosterone to be sure the symptoms are not confused with something else.
Here are ways women can recognize if their testosterone is on the decline.
Signs of low testosterone in women:
Lost interest in sex
Similar to men, when testosterone is low in women they may experience a loss of interest in sex and intimacy. It’s not to say that if testosterone is high in women they will be sex-crazed, it just refers to a healthy desire for regular sex.
Furthermore, not only does low testosterone reduce your desire for sex, it can also cause sex to be less pleasurable. Research suggests when testosterone is low it is more difficult for a woman to achieve orgasm.
Although there is a libido-boosting formula on its way for women, currently there is not much on the market to combat this symptom. If you have noticed a change in your libido, you may want to speak with your doctor about having your testosterone level checked.
You can’t lose weight
Although losing weight in your older years is typically more difficult, having low testosterone can also be a reason for those pounds that keep sticking around. When testosterone is low fat becomes stored – especially around your mid-section. Worse yet, low testosterone affects your ability to build the muscle which can combat fat. No muscle means more fat, and all because of low testosterone.
A study on Japanese women, aged 40 to 79, revealed low testosterone was linked with lower muscle mass in women’s arms and legs. So if you’re struggling to drop some weight, even with a healthy diet and exercise, it may be time to get your testosterone checked.
You’re always tired
As a symptom, fatigue is widespread and can be associated with many different illnesses. In this case, it may be harder to pinpoint low testosterone as the culprit. One way to distinguish tiredness as low testosterone is to figure out if your tiredness improves or is always present – no matter what you do.
A study from Taiwan revealed that, among men and women over 65, those with low testosterone could not walk as fast, were not as active and were easily exhausted.
How women can boost testosterone naturally
Because there is no approved prescription testosterone supplement for women it may seem like they will simply have to live with these symptoms. This is not the case; boosting testosterone in women can be easily achieved through natural means. Here are some helpful tips for women with low testosterone:
- Eat more protein
- Consume more good fats – olive oil, avocados, fish oil, etc.
- Limit alcohol consumption
- Have sex at least once a week – getting intimate boosts testosterone
- Ensure you are getting enough essential vitamins and minerals
As you can see, diet and lifestyle can affect your testosterone. If you are concerned about your levels, and experience these symptoms, your doctor can perform a simple blood test to verify the results.
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