Testosterone – a male sex hormone which is produced in little amounts in women in their ovaries and adrenal glands. The female sex hormones are oestrogen and progesterone and along with the testosterone, the hormones in women play a vital role in growth and overall maintenance in body and its composition.
But do you know that some women produce very high testosterone in their body? Let’s discuss this in detail, its causes and symptoms behind it. These hormonal imbalances have become very common these days. It is one of the symptoms of polycystic ovarian syndrome which again in a widespread among women of reproductive age.
Clinical Aspects & Normal Range of Testosterone
• In males the levels are 300-1000 ng/DL
• In women, the levels are 5 to 70 ng/ DL (with regular menstrual cycle)
High testosterone level is caused by many factors. Some causes of High testosterone levels are :-
Hirsutism: Which is a hormonal problem of unwanted hair growth at the back, chest and face.
PCOS: Polycystic ovarian syndrome
Congenital adrenal hyperplasia: This causes an effect on adrenal glands that can interfere with hormonal secretions.
1. Unwanted hair growth
2. Irregular menstruation
3. Increase in muscle mass
4. Heavy voice
5. Severe acne
6. Reduction in breast size
7. Sometimes the causes of the testosterone level in females are also depended on metabolic syndromes or diabetes and heart related problems.
These high levels of testosterone in females can be lowered by two methods i.e. lifestyle changes and nutrition. Making a change in the habits of food, eating patterns and focusing an overall lifestyle modification can show a major change in the testosterone levels. Moreover this can also subside other symptoms like excessive acne, unwanted hair growth, irregular periods, etc.
Apart from food and nutrition, an active lifestyle is a must to control hormones and bring about hormonal alignment.
Therefore, these lifestyle changes & nutritional interventions can aid in lowering the testosterone levels and help in hormonal balance.
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