How testosterone affects women
If you thought testosterone was purely a male hormone, think again! Testosterone is the principal anabolic and sex hormone in humans, responsible for sexual desire and function, muscular hypertrophy, densification of bones, and hair growth.
And yes men produce 10 times more of it than women do naturally. But to undermine the importance of healthy T levels in the female body is a huge mistake and in order to illustrate its importance lets look at the benefits of healthy testosterone levels in women:
Sexual desire – Female libido is linked to testosterone inextricably. A common side effect of hormonal birth control pills is that it binds the sex hormones, mainly testosterone and estradiol, which means less desire for sex. Also, when women approach menopause, they produce far less testosterone than before, which is the reason why they experience far lesser sexual desire.
Production of estrogen – Estrogen, that primary female sexual hormone, is made from testosterone. Estrogen is responsible for the maturation of the female sex organs: Thickening of the vaginal wall, production of natural lubrication, growth of the cervical glands, growth of the various walls of the uterus, and estrogen production is crucial for sustaining a pregnancy and avoiding a miscarriage. Testosterone is responsible for the production of estradiol, which is the primary estrogen in non-pregnant women, up until menopause hits. After menopause, estrone is produced, and in pregnant women, estriol is produced. Therefore without testosterone, women would be unable to produce estrogen.
Muscle building – Just as with men, testosterone is important to build lean muscle mass in women. Without lean muscle, you won’t be able to keep a good metabolic rate going, you won’t be able to burn fat, and you will lose bone density, which will lead to other health problems in the future. And the good news, of course, is the fact that women don’t produce enough testosterone to bulk up just enough to look good.
There are a lot of myths surrounding women and testosterone. Some seem to think that it is purely a male hormone produced only in the testicles (when in fact women produce it in the ovaries). Others are scared of it as if eating protein and lifting weights are going to make them look like female bodybuilders. But the fact remains that in order to be healthy and fit, women need to ensure that they also produce healthy levels of testosterone.