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.
Lots of moving parts to this one. But managing blood sugar, eating enough calories, prioritizing sleep, optimizing digestion, drinking plenty of water, and minimizing stress are the biggies that come to mind.
The Period Repair Manual by Lara Briden, Hormone Cure by Sara Gottfried, and Beyond the Pill by Jolene Brighten would be stellar reads as well!