Testosterone belongs to a class of male hormones called androgens; but women also have testosterone. The ovaries produce both testosterone and estrogen. Relatively small quantities of testosterone are released into your bloodstream by the ovaries and adrenal glands. In addition to being produced by the ovaries, estrogen is also produced by the body’s fat tissue. These sex hormones are involved in the growth, maintenance, and repair of reproductive tissues. They also influence other body tissues and bone mass. At menopause, women experience a decline in testosterone which may be correlated to a reduced libido. Some studies indicate that testosterone replacement therapy may benefit sexual function in certain premenopausal and postmenopausal women.
Role of Testosterone in women
Albeit a small part, testosterone does play an important role in women's overall health. Here are some of the ways testosterone comes into play:
Libido & Sex Drive: After menopause, some women experience a dip in their libido or sexual desire. There is data that shows that this could be the result of lowering testosterone levels. Testosterone therapy has been found to revive sex drive, however, it is important to note that that treating reduced libido or low sex drive usually requires more than just testosterone. There are many physical and psychological issues that can impact a woman's overall sexual health.
Bone health: proper balance of testosterone supports strength and healthy bone growth. While the right balance of testosterone is good for bone health, too much or too little can negatively impact bone health. Testosterone therapies for menopausal women has been shown to help some women maintain healthy bone structure.
Manage pain levels: Women with testosterone levels that are out of balance with their estrogen levels, might have less ability to manage their pain response. Testosterone Levels peak in a woman’s 20s and decline slowly thereafter. By menopause, level is at half of its peak.
Cognitive health: Changes in cognition and cognitive fatigue may be related to changing hormone levels. Balancing your testosterone levels may help prevent cognitive fatigue.
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