It is less commonly known that women require testosterone for optimal body function just as men do. Although women require a much smaller amount of this hormone in their bodies, deficiency can happen, and can cause many negative side effects in the female body. Testosterone in women is produced in the ovaries and adrenal glands, and small amounts are also produced by skin cells and fat cells.
The testosterone produced by the ovaries is essential to the female reproductive system by regulating the secretion of follicle stimulating hormone and being converted into the main female sex hormone, Oestradiol, which is responsible for many functions, including the expression of female characteristics. It is also required for other functions in the female body, including: supporting healthy bone density, promoting cognitive health and increasing mood, and maintaining a healthy libido and sexual desire. It is also used in the production of red blood cells and fat distribution throughout the body.
The average naturally produced testosterone range in women falls between 15ng/dL and 70ng/dL, but it is common that women’s bodies can benefit from having a higher level of testosterone in their system, especially since each individual’s body has different requirements in order to function optimally. These symptoms include: decreased libido or sexual desire, fatigue and low energy, muscle weakness or the inability to lose weight, depressive mood, chronic stress or anxiety, sleep disruptions, irregular menstruation, vaginal dryness and painful intercourse, and unexplained weight gain. Certain conditions may increase a woman’s potential of experiencing these symptoms. Menopause is a common cause of low T in women due to the overall decrease of hormone production in the ovaries. Adrenal disorders or fatigue caused by prolonged exposure to stress or dietary influences can also decrease the glands’ ability to produce enough testosterone.
Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) for women can reverse these negative symptoms and aid in weight loss, increase energy levels, improve mood and cognitive function, improve sex organ function, and increase libido. Under the supervision of Recharge Clinic’s medical professionals, TRT for women can improve health and well-being, allowing a woman to feel her best every day.