Low testosterone levels? Here is what to do about it! + QUIZ

Testosterone is a hormone known as androgen. It’s often thought of as a “male” hormone. However, women also have testosterone in their bodies.

Imbalances of either too much or too little testosterone can affect a woman’s overall health. Some of the functions testosterone serve in a woman’s body include:

  • producing new blood cells

  • enhancing libido

  • influencing follicle-stimulating hormones that can affect reproduction.

According to the Department of Health & Human Services in Victoria, Australia; testosterone production in women is often age-dependent. By the time a woman is 40 years old, her levels of androgens have decreased by half.

What are the symptoms of low testosterone in women?

Some of the symptoms associated with low testosterone in women include:

  • affected sexual desire

  • affected sexual satisfaction

  • depressed mood

  • lethargy

  • muscle weakness

What are the causes of low testosterone in women?

Women produce testosterone in several locations in their bodies.

These include the:

  • ovaries

  • adrenal glands

  • peripheral tissues

Because the ovaries are a major producer of testosterone, the decrease in hormones produced by the ovaries associated with menopause means that some pre-and postmenopausal women may experience low testosterone levels. Traditionally, decreases in libido have been attributed to post-menopausal drops in estrogen. However, researchers are identifying more and more links between decreased testosterone production and affected libido.

In many women, the ovaries continue to produce hormones like testosterone. Therefore, doctors suggest that some women with low testosterone may have something in their genetic makeup that affects their ability to produce the compounds DHEA and DHEA-S, which are the precursors to testosterone. Some women may also be deficient in enzymes that process DHEA and DHEA-S into testosterone.

Other possible causes of low testosterone in women include:

  • adrenal insufficiency, where the adrenal glands don’t work as well as they should

  • history of oophorectomy, or the surgical removal of the ovaries

  • hypopituitarism

  • taking oral estrogen therapy, as estrogen can reduce the production of testosterone

  • early menopause

Foods to boost your testosterone production:

The best nutrients to increase levels of testosterone are protein, zinc, magnesium, B vitamins particularly vitamin B6 and Omega-3 essential fatty acids. Consider incorporating the following top 5 testosterone boosting foods into your diet on a regular basis:

  1. Eggs (organic, free-range) – rich in protein, vitamin B6, and omega-3; 1 egg daily is recommended and safe for most people

  2. Almonds and pumpkin seeds – both rich in zinc, magnesium, and protein; aim for 1 handful of almonds (approximately 20) and sprinkle a handful of pumpkin seeds on your porridge, salads, and soups daily. You can also try out #seedcyclingwithfercci get a free seed cycling guide when you join our free community!

  3. Leafy green vegetables such as spinach and kale, which are rich in magnesium, vitamin B6, and iron; eat daily

  4. Wild oily fish such as salmon and mackerel – rich in omega-3 and protein; aim for at least 2 to 3 portions weekly

  5. Beans (particularly black, kidney, or pinto beans) – rich in protein, zinc, B vitamins, and magnesium; lentils are also a great vegetarian source of protein

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