Testosterone is commonly referred to as a male hormone. It is associated with men's physical traits, mood patterns, and sex drive. But, if you think that only men need testosterone, you should think again. This is not just a word that can be seen on a cover of a "Men's Health". Trace amounts are found in a woman's ovaries and adrenal glands. Testosterone can make an impact on a woman's lifestyle, because it is one of the necessary ingredients in the hormonal cocktail that affects health, libido, mood, and energy levels.

Why Women Need Testosterone

After puberty, the production of testosterone for females starts at the adult level, and peaks around the age of 20. But, it steadily declines with age and suddenly drops after menopause, although not as sharply as estrogen does. Women then produce only half the amount of hormones that they used to. And that is when health issues might occur, because testosterone affects many areas of your life. 

For example, it mitigates the risk of fracturing bones for older people,keeps the skin supple, turns fat into muscle, and enables the liver and blood vessels to remain clean. Another great thing about this hormone is that it alleviates the mood and helps you melt the stress away. It assists you in achieving the clarity of mind and prevents the cognitive fatigue.

That is not to say that testosterone is a one-size-fits-all medical solution—far from it. Still, many women are seeking ways to enhance their testosterone levels. There are natural ways to do this, with fats, proteins, magnesium, zinc, etc. Furthermore, exercises such as weightlifting not only build muscle mass and burn fat, they also increase the amount of testosterone in the body.

What Some Women Are Doing About It

Now, testosterone in testosterone boosters aimed at men are usually packed with very high doses,but they are used by women too, in a compounded formula manufactured by a pharmacist.Many people do not know that doctors prescribe testosterone to menopausal women to increase sex drive and response. Note that this is still an experimental treatment, and that there is still not enough evidence that would suggest a direct link between testosterone and libido. The same goes for theories about testosterone improving other menopausal symptoms.

However, it is not only women entering menopause who can benefit from low-dose testosterone therapy. Women who have adrenal system problems or who had their ovaries removed can also gain a lot from the therapy, because their own testosterone levels are reduced by 50%. Women who have lost function in their pituitary gland are also at risk of having low testosterone.In this case, a patient needs estrogen and cortisone replacement, but can benefit from testosterone supplementsas well. 

Note that low testosterone doesn't pose an immediate health risk, but the benefits are not to be overlooked. Just make sure you ask your pharmacist about side effects. With the appropriate dose, it is not likely that they will occur, but some possible ones involve hair growth on body and face, acne, deepening of the voice and oily skin. Despite the fact that taking testosterone in the form of a skin patch, gel, or cream doesn't affect cholesterol levels, it seems that orally administered testosterone does. Thus, caution is prescribed, and effectiveness is not always guaranteed.

Why It's Important to Strike a Balance

Testosterone is not a cure-all, as some marketers would have you believe. Yes, a bit of testosterone can improve the quality of your life, help you achieve a nice figure and give you a boost of energy. It can do great things for your sex life and help you regain confidence. But be cautious and consult with a physician and a pharmacist about the appropriate dosage. Women who take testosterone do not turn into men, but they can become healthier, satisfied versions of themselves. Women and testosterone are unlikely allies indeed.

About The Author

This article was written by Kate Flannery, a Body Combat and Caesar salad enthusiast. As a blogger, she focuses on health and fitness topics, debunking popular fitspo myths, and in her free time, she sails. Check out Kate's website at High Style Life and find her on Twitter @kateinthenorth