Dr. Dawn Ericsson, Chief M.D.

Dr. E’s Women’s Health Update: Why Women Need Testosterone, Too
Let’s spill the T on a hormone’s role for women.

Hello friends, 

I’d like to talk to you today about a women’s health topic that may surprise you: female testosterone. 

Yes, testosterone is a hormone that is typically associated with male development. But it is also present in women in smaller amounts. Even though women have significantly lower levels of testosterone compared to men, it still plays an essential role in their bodies. Some of the key functions of testosterone in women include:

Testosterone contributes to the sex drive in both men and women. While the levels of testosterone in women are lower, it still plays a role in maintaining a healthy libido.
Bone health:
Testosterone helps in maintaining bone density and strength in both men and women. Low levels of testosterone can lead to a decrease in bone density, potentially leading to conditions like osteoporosis.
Muscle mass and strength:
Testosterone aids in the maintenance of muscle mass and strength. In women, it helps to support muscle tone and overall physical strength.
Mood regulation:
Testosterone can influence mood and energy levels in women. Low levels of testosterone have been associated with mood disturbances, such as fatigue and depression.
Cognitive function:
Some studies suggest that testosterone may play a role in cognitive function, including aspects such as memory and spatial ability, in both men and women.
Red blood cell production:
Testosterone stimulates the production of red blood cells, which are essential for carrying oxygen throughout the body. Adequate levels of testosterone help in maintaining healthy red blood cell levels.

Women need testosterone for these functions, but it is crucial to maintain a balance. Too much or too little testosterone can lead to various health issues. If a woman experiences symptoms of low testosterone, such as decreased libido, fatigue, or changes in mood, it is essential to consult with a healthcare provider like AgeRejuvenation for proper evaluation and treatment including our Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). We can help determine the appropriate levels of testosterone and recommend treatment if necessary.

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