The Symptoms of Low Testosterone in Women Include More Than You Might Think
The symptoms of low testosterone in women are often passed off as just part of getting older, but they shouldn’t be.
Testosterone is a hormone generally considered important for men, but did you know it is also a vital hormone for women to maintain a high quality of life?
Women often worry more about having high testosterone than low testosterone, but it’s possible your “high testosterone” is actually low testosterone that’s been misdiagnosed.
That being said, if you’ve already been diagnosed with low testosterone, you’re in the right place.
If you’re experiencing any of these common symptoms, it may be time to consult with a medical professional who can check your hormone levels and help you determine the best course of action.
Here are 7 of the more common symptoms of low testosterone in women:
1. Fatigue and Exhaustion
If you’re constantly tired, even when you’re able to obtain a full night’s sleep, you could be experiencing one of the symptoms of low testosterone in women. Decreased testosterone levels may contribute to you feeling exhausted and drained.
You may even find it difficult to sleep through the night. Disrupted sleep is another common symptom for women with low testosterone. A healthy hormonal balance is key to achieving consistent, restful sleep.
2. Weight Gain & Difficulty Losing Weight
Many women with low testosterone experience loss of muscle and progressive weight gain.
Midlife weight gain is so common that women often assume it’s just part of getting older, but if you are appreciate the inability to control your weight or have changes in muscle tone and bone density, you may be exhibiting symptoms of low testosterone.
3. Decreased Interest in Sex
Just like in men, testosterone affects sexual arousal in women. Low testosterone can affect women’s sex lives in the following ways:
- Women may experience reduced sex drive or “libido”
- Women may experience vaginal dryness, which causes painful intercourse
- Women may experience a general lack of interest in sex
Because all of these symptoms are often associated with other types of illnesses, make sure you talk to your doctor before you begin testosterone treatments.
4. Mood Swings, Depression and Low Mood
If you are experiencing sudden bouts of depression, unexplained mood swings, or a generally low mood, then you may be suffering from low testosterone.
Testosterone plays an important role in mood regulation in the body, and low levels of testosterone can play havoc with the body’s ability to regulate itself. If you are considering taking antidepressants to deal with your depression, then you may want to talk to your doctor about the possibility that your testosterone is low.
Even if you are not experiencing severe depression, you may still be having unpredictable mood swings, or even just a general “low” feeling, or low mood. If you are experiencing these symptoms, talk to your doctor about the possibility of low testosterone.
Another possible symptom of decreased testosterone levels is anxiety. Although anxiety caused by low testosterone is usually mild, it can possibly cause panic attacks.
If you suddenly experience bouts of anxiety, especially if you have never had anxiety issues in the past, then you may want to talk to your doctor about low testosterone.
According to this article, “These mood-related symptoms, like anxiety and depression, occur because testosterone plays an important role in mood and neuropsychiatric regulation, and hormonal fluctuations can cause changes in brain chemistry that trigger symptoms.”
6. Difficulty Concentrating
If you find that you are having difficulty concentrating on normal tasks, especially when you have always been able to concentrate easily on the task at hand, then you may be suffering from low testosterone.
One of the difficulties in detecting low testosterone in women, and in men, is that the symptoms, like difficulty concentrating, often mimic the classic signs of aging.
Always check with your doctor before starting a testosterone replacement program to make sure you are not suffering from normal aging symptoms.
7. Hair Loss
Hair loss is one of the more obvious symptoms of low testosterone, so keep an eye out for any hair loss, on your head or otherwise.
Although hair loss from low testosterone will be most obvious on the head, hair loss on other areas of the body may also occur.
If you notice that you have to shave your legs and armpits fewer times per month than normal, or if you notice that your hair is getting patchy, you may be suffering from low testosterone.
According to this article, “Hair loss is one of the more visual symptoms of low testosterone as the hormone supports healthy hair production and maintenance. This symptom most often manifests as patchy hair cover on the head, or even baldness in women.
Body hair is also affected, though these symptoms are typically less noticeable, particularly in women who regularly shave their legs and armpits.”
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, the next best step is to consult with your doctor or book a free consultation at one of our DFW locations. We’ll discuss your symptoms, check your levels and determine if testosterone replacement therapy is right for you.