10 Signs of Testosterone Deficiency in Women
Low testosterone or “Low-T” is not only a problem for men!
When you think of low testosterone, or “Low-T,” your first instinct is to think of men, and rightly so, as men do suffer from a number of problems relating to low testosterone as they get older. It is less commonly known that women’s bodies also produce and need testosterone. As women get older, their production of testosterone decreases, just as it does in their male counter parts. Some of the problems related to Low-T in woman are similar to those in men, and others are uniquely experienced by women.
Here, in no particular order, are the 10 most common signs of low testosterone in women.
- Decreased Libido – Testosterone in woman has been shown to play a role in arousal. Decreased testosterone lowers a woman’s ability to be sexually stimulated, and can lead to a loss of interest in sex.
- Weight Gain – Testosterone in women, as it does in men, is important for the reduction of fat, and the growth of lean muscle mass. Women with decreased testosterone tend to put on weight, particularly belly fat.
- Poor Sleep – Depressed levels of testosterone in women can lead to disrupted sleep patterns. Insomnia, sleep apnea, and other sleep disturbances have been linked to Low- T.
- Depression and Mood Swings – Testosterone stimulates and regulates the production and release of serotonin, dopamine, and several other “brain chemicals,” or neurotransmitters related to mood. Imbalances in testosterone level can lead to depression and mood swings.
- Fatigue and Lack of Energy – A sudden drop in energy levels is typical of women with low testosterone. This can manifest in a number of ways from tiring easier after physical exercise, to afternoon fatigue, to a feeling of just not wanting to get out of bed.
- Osteoporosis/Bone Loss – Bone loss, or a lack of bone density is another sign of Low-T in woman. Testosterone plays a vital role in growing and repairing bone.
- Menstrual Problems – Dropping testosterone levels can lead to lighter than normal, and/or irregular periods in pre-menopausal women.
- Anxiety – As in depression, testosterone is critical in the production and regulation of neurotransmitters or so-called “mood chemicals.” Anxiety and increased stress, can be the result of low testosterone in women.
- Hair Loss – Testosterone is instrumental in growing and maintaining healthy hair. Women with Low-T may experience hair loss. This is usually in bald patches on the head, but it also can lead to loss of armpit or pubic hair. This may be less noticeable in women who regularly shave or otherwise remove hair in these areas. A common side effect of testosterone replacement therapy, is increased hair growth, but this could be a good thing in women experiencing hair loss.
- Other Sexual Wellness Issues – In addition to decreased libido, women with low testosterone may be experiencing a number of other sexual wellness issues, including anorgasmia – or the lack of ability to achieve an orgasm.
Just as men, women who have been diagnosed with Low-T, can benefit from testosterone therapy. For women, testosterone therapy is often combined with estrogen for a complete hormone replacement therapy, or HRT program.
The many benefits of testosterone therapy for women include:
- Increased energy
- Improved sexual desire, arousal, and satisfaction
- Improved strength
- Improved bone health and prevention of osteoporosis
- Weight loss and increased ability to build lean muscle
- Improved cognition and memory
- When combined with estrogen therapy, a dramatic improvement in menopausal symptoms
Once considered controversial, more and more doctors and their patients are realizing the many benefits of hormone therapy.
If you are a women over 35 and are experiencing any of the symptoms described in this article, contact our offices today, to have your hormone levels checked. You may be a candidate for testosterone therapy.