Testosterone In Women: Why It Rises Or Falls And What To Do About It

April 16, 2019

Despite the fact that most people associate testosterone only with men, women also have this hormone. Moreover, it is responsible for some important functions – it keeps the bones healthy; facilitates cognitive health; and maintains libido, mood, and energy levels.


In women, testosterone is produced in the ovaries and adrenal glands. And while women need only a small amount of this hormone, its too high or too low levels often lead to disorders. What does this mean for a woman’s body?

High testosterone


  1. Irregular periods.
  2. Acne.
  3. Excessive hair growth on the face and body.
  4. Frontal balding.
  5. Decreased libido.
  6. Deepened voice.
  7. Weight gain.

Possible causes

  1. Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
  2. Hirsutism (a genetic condition that leads to increased production of this hormone).
  3. Congenital adrenal hyperplasia.

The culprit always needs to be determined, since a high level of this hormone can lead to heart problems, high blood pressure, diabetes, tumors, or even infertility.

Low testosterone


  1. Decreased libido.
  2. Fatigue.
  3. Deterioration of the bones.
  4. Excess weight.
  5. Memory problems.

Possible causes

  1. Hormonal drug usage.
  2. Diseases of the ovaries, pituitary or adrenal glands.
  3. Aging, menopause.

It can be easier to correct the problem in the case of low testosterone, since a proper treatment can eliminate the symptoms and get testosterone levels back to normal.

What if testosterone levels are not OK?

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First of all, no self-treatment. You need a doctor to accurately measure your testosterone level and to find the exact cause of possible deviation. And make sure you go through with the treatment your doctor prescribes. Don’t ignore the problem to avoid unpleasant consequences!

This article is solely for informational purposes. Do not self-diagnose or self-medicate, and in all cases consult a certified healthcare professional before using any information presented in the article. The editorial board does not guarantee any results and does not bear any responsibility for any harm that may result from using the information provided in the article.