Much like low testosterone levels, high testosterone levels can have a debilitating effect on women. Fatigue, low sex drive, acne, weight gain – you name it. Over the last year, I have faced all the above and some – resurfacing depression and severe, unpredictable menstrual cycles. So, I trekked it to the doctor’s office where I had my testosterone levels checked. To my surprise, the levels were elevated.
While I knew that both men and women carry testosterone (normally a tenth of the amount of a man), I have to admit, what I overlooked was the fact that at any moment, levels can spike or crash, for a variety of reasons.
So, what is testosterone and what does it do?
Regarded as the most important male hormone by the National Institutes of Health, testosterone is a steroid sex hormone that plays a crucial role in maintaining a healthy libido in both men and women. In men, testosterone is produced mainly in the testes, with a small amount made in the adrenal glands. Meanwhile, the ovaries and adrenal glands are responsible for producing the hormone in women.
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