Women! Testosterone may be Your BFF!
When we consider the hormones that play an integral role in women’s health, most people overlook the value of strong testosterone levels. Testosterone has historically been revered for its ability to provide men with strength, muscle tone, and those angular jawlines women love to admire. Sure, testosterone may be a “male” sex hormone. However, its presence in the female body is vital to everyday functions. Here, we point out five indicators that your testosterone may need a boost.
- You know your body and can decipher if you are fatigued because you’ve been burning the candle at both ends. If you’re getting the hours of sleep that is necessary for the body to rejuvenate and still find it challenging to get through the day without a sense of exhaustion, low testosterone may be to blame.
- Poor quality sleep. Fatigue that is related to sleeplessness may also be related to testosterone insufficiency. Research indicates that, during perimenopause, when testosterone dips, many women experience sleep apnea, insomnia, and restlessness. The role of testosterone on poor quality sleep isn’t completely understood, though it is theorized that low testosterone affects other hormones that are involved in sleep regulation.
- During adolescence, there is a sort of expectation that a young girl might present a number of mood-based symptoms related to her surging hormones. The same occurs in mid-life, when hormones once again dysregulate. A lack of testosterone often robs a woman of her interest in activities she has historically enjoyed. Many women describe their mood as “consistently low” during the years surrounding menopause.
- Hormonal imbalance before menopause has also been identified as a primary factor in the development of anxiety. This is because testosterone is directly involved in mood and neuropsychiatric regulation. Therefore, fluctuations in the levels of this and other sex hormones affect brain chemistry, triggering symptoms of anxiety, including panic attacks.
- Now this is more of a condition than a symptom to watch for, but it is critical that we mention it. Research has strongly suggested that low testosterone is a precursor to osteoporosis, or the degeneration of healthy bone tissue. Because osteoporosis is a progressive condition, a woman can become increasingly at risk for bone fracture as she ages.
Women in the Houston area can address the symptoms of low testosterone with bioidentical hormone treatment customized for them by our experienced team. Learn more about Biote hormone replacement therapy and what it can do for you. Call 713-955-6560.