What Is Testosterone?

In women, testosterone is a hormone mostly produced in the ovaries and adrenal glands. It is involved in ovarian function, cognitive function, sexual interest and bone density. Normal levels in woman vary throughout the month and decline with age until menopause.

What Diseases/Conditions is Testosterone Linked To?

Research into the relationship of testosterone and other androgens to sexual function, bone health, cardiovascular disease, and cognitive health are ongoing. Low levels are not generally considered significant and clinical research to date has not shown a benefit of supplementation.

High testosterone levels may be associated with over supplementation, adrenal disorders, polycystic ovarian syndrome, obesity, metabolic syndrome, and rarely, adrenal or ovarian tumors.

Symptoms of High Levels and Who May Want to Have Their Testosterone Tested:

Possible symptoms of abnormal testosterone in females:

  • Excessive facial hair growth
  • Deepening of the voice
  • Acne
  • Menstrual irregularities – lack of periods or excessive bleeding
  • Balding
  • Metabolic Syndrome (high blood pressure, elevated glucose, obesity, high triglyceride levels)
  • Difficulty sleeping

If you have an abnormal result:

Always seek the advice of your health care provider with any abnormal result.

Supplementation for low testosterone levels is rarely recommended for woman due to lack of evidence of benefit. Short term trial may be considered for decreased sexual drive under close supervision of a health care provider.

Risks include:

  • Excess hair growth
  • Acne
  • Irreversible deepening of the voice
  • Decreased HDL (good cholesterol) levels
  • Abnormal uterine bleeding