Testosterone is a steroid hormone from the androgen group. Testosterone is primarily produced by the testicles in males and the ovaries in females. Small amounts of testosterone are produced by the adrenal glands—this is the only source of testosterone production in menopausal women. Although testosterone is the principle male sex hormone, it plays an important role in the quality of life and health of women. North American Menopause Society recognizes that testosterone replacement therapy for females may help some women enhance sexual function, While testosterone for women is an off-label use.
Testosterone plays many important roles in the female body, including keeping your bones strong and helping you develop lean muscle mass. It enhances vitality, energy levels, and sex drive in women. It also improves sexual pleasure by increasing the sensitivity of the nipples and clitoris. Other benefits include:
Ovarian dysfunction during perimenopause and menopause is the most common cause of low testosterone levels in women. Removal of the ovaries during a hysterectomy is another common cause. High levels of stress will cause overproduction of cortisol, which then converts precursor hormones (i.e., progesterone) into cortisol instead of testosterone. This results in lower testosterone levels. Some prescription drugs, such as narcotics, can also decrease testosterone levels.
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