Testosterone for Women
How It Works
Testosterone is known as a "male" hormone, or Reference androgen Opens New Window. It also is made in small amounts by a woman's Reference adrenal glands Opens New Window and Reference ovaries Opens New Window. A woman's testosterone is highest around age 20 and slowly declines with age.Reference 1
- In men, testosterone is linked to male physical traits and sex drive.
- In women, testosterone may be linked to sex drive. But for women, interest in sex is much more complicated than just testosterone levels.
Testosterone therapy raises testosterone levels in the body. But testosterone is only FDA-approved for use in men.
Methyltestosterone probably does not work in the body and the brain like natural testosterone does. It does not directly raise a woman's testosterone levels. And it cannot be measured in the blood like natural testosterone.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: May 14, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology