Today we’re talking something that’s commonly associated with being a “male issue” but still very common in females too: Low testosterone!
Testosterone isn’t just for men, and too much or too little testosterone can leave us suffering with a medley of undesirable symptoms.
Androgens in the body include testosterone, androstenedione, dihydrotestosterone (DHT), dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), and DHEA sulfate (DHEA-S).
In women, androgens are produced in 3 different places: ovaries, fat cells, and adrenal glands.
We love @dutchtest for checking in on hormone health, as we’re able to see all hormone levels and their metabolites. Meaning, we can track exactly how much of each hormone is being produced and also if they’re grooving down “ideal” pathways or not.
If androgens are elevated and we have high levels of testosterone, DHT, DHEA, etc – we might see it manifest in potential symptoms like cystic acne, oily skin, insulin resistance/irregular blood glucose readings, and dark hairs in weird places, like the upper lip, chin, ab trail, etc.
Someone struggling with low testosterone levels likely doesn’t feel super great. For me personally: I was having trouble sleeping, had no motivation or creativity, no sex drive, and just felt like overall junk.
Other potential symptoms of low testosterone might include difficulty building muscle, mood swings, depression and mood struggles, and just feeling tired.
So testosterone for women is definitely a “Goldilocks and the 3 Bears” type situation. We don’t want too much, but we don’t want too little either.
Potential Symptoms of Low Testosterone in Women:
– Low libido / inability to orgasm
– Depression, anxiety, mood swings
– Inability to lose weight or difficulty gaining muscle
– Poor sleep quality, insomnia, frequent waking
-Irregular periods, amenhorrea
– Hair loss
Examples of Daily Habits That Support Hormone Health:
– Crush 8-10 hrs of sleep daily
– Work with a doc & transition off hormonal birth control (HBC mutes hormone function)
– Manage exercise frequency & intensity (Vary modalities & mix it up! Bodybuilding & lifting are less stressful on the body than CrossFit, Orange Theory, etc). Check out Paragon Training Methods
– Minimize plastic exposure (tupperware, water bottles)
– Maintain healthy gut (fermented foods, collagen, bone broth)
– Minimize parabens (switch to natural skincare, cosmetics, household cleaners. We love Beauty Counter)
– Minimize stress
– Consider supplementing zinc, magnesium, b vitamins, vitamin d (if low on bloodwork), probiotics,
– Monitor healthy blood sugar levels: eat regularly and strive for a protein, carb, fat, veggie, and tons of fiber at each meal
-Caffeine & Alcohol: Minimize as much as possible
– Ample Fiber: 30-40g daily & plenty of H2O
– Cruciferous Veggies: Incorporate plenty of broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts
– Buy high quality meats & organic as much as possible
– Minimize processed/packaged foods and refined sugars
Don’t be afraid to work with your doctor and do testing if we’re feeling unwell.