Ladies, Do You Have Symptoms of Low Testosterone?
When women think of their hormones the first thing they think of is estrogen. But testosterone plays a huge role in the well-being of every woman. High testosterone has a lot more attention than low testosterone. This is because it’s commonly known that high testosterone is linked to PCOS, acne, scalp hair loss and facial hair growth. Not many women know how having low testosterone can impact them.
Another name for low testosterone in women is “female androgen deficiency syndrome”. The most well-known symptom of this condition is low libido. However, not every woman with low testosterone has low libido. There are many other symptoms like:
– Low motivation
– Feeling generally unwell
– Increased body fat
Low testosterone is most common in post-menopausal women. It can happen in younger women as well. It also seems to be common in women who are burnt out or experiencing something called “adrenal fatigue”. This could be because some of your testosterone comes from the adrenal glands. These are the glands that produce adrenaline and take a big hit when we’ve been stressed or overworked for too long.
More research needs to be done on this important syndrome and more women need to be aware of it. I test for low testosterone through blood or saliva tests. There are many herbs, nutrients and lifestyle protocols that I recommend to raise testosterone levels in women.
The transformation that you feel when your hormones are brought into balance is incredible and so worth the effort. I encourage you to learn more about all your hormones – including testosterone.
Dr. Samantha Dass is currently a naturopathic doctor working at Holland Landing Health Centre in East Gwillimbury, Ontario, which services Holland Landing, Newmarket, Aurora, Keswick and Bradford areas. If you are interested in naturopathic services please contact Holland Landing Health Centre at 905-853-7900 or via e-mail at [email protected]