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4 Causes of High Testosterone in Women

There are many causes of high testosterone in women, and the symptoms of high testosterone levels can be just as debilitating as low testosterone levels.

However, men and women usually come to us because they have low testosterone — in fact, many women are misdiagnosed with high testosterone (when in reality, you might have low testosterone).

Learn more about how you may have been misdiagnosed with high testosterone (and how low testosterone might actually be the problem).

causes of high testosterone in women

For women, low testosterone can be a nightmare. Fatigue, low sex drive, weight gain—all these and more can be debilitating for women suffering from low testosterone.

Women can have low testosterone for many different reasons, and getting those levels back to a normal level can turn their lives around — sometimes, this doesn’t happen for years because they’re misdiagnosed with high testosterone.

But what about high testosterone?

Women certainly don’t have normally high levels of testosterone. In fact, the average woman has about a tenth of the amount of testosterone that a man has.


But just like men, women can suffer a variety of different diseases and disorders that can cause their testosterone to become too low or too high. There are many different causes of high testosterone levels in women, and some of them are more common than others. Here are 4 different reasons why women might have high testosterone levels.

(Also, if you want to learn more about our testosterone therapy services for women, click here.)

1. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

This is one of the more common causes of high testosterone in women. Not only does this disease affect 5-10% of American women, it can also cause testosterone levels to skyrocket, resulting in a variety of symptoms. If you’re experiencing excess acne, excessive hair growth (especially on the face), or infertility, this may be the culprit.

2. Adrenal Disease

Another one of the causes of high testosterone in women is late-onset congenital adrenal hyperplasia. The adrenal glands cause your body to disrupt the delicate balance of hormones in your body, resulting in too much testosterone. A hormonal test by a medical professional may be enough to diagnose this issue.

3. Diabetes

Diabetes may also be one of the culprits behind your high testosterone levels. Diabetes is a complicated disease, and the connection between diabetes and obesity may be partially responsible for these fluctuations in testosterone levels. However, the symptoms of high testosterone are the same as the above diseases—Keeping your diabetes under control is one way to fight any symptoms you might be experiencing

4. Other Causes of High Testosterone in Women

Unfortunately, because testosterone plays a role in so many bodily functions in both men and women, many diseases and disorders can affect it. If you are suffering from any of these illnesses, it may be the cause of your high testosterone:

  • Dwarfism
  • Gigantism
  • Acromegaly
  • Adrenal neoplasm disorders
  • Cushing’s syndrome
  • Adrenal or ovarian tumor
  • Conn’s syndrome
  • Congenital adrenal hyperplasia
  • Thyroid disorders

Any of these causes of high testosterone in women needs to be diagnosed by a medical professional, but some of the symptoms can be treated, depending on the illness or disorder.

If you think you have a hormone imbalance and want to get your hormone levels checked, click below to sign up for the $25 Low T test, a test that simply shows your hormone levels in general, and find out where you stand.

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And if you’ve been diagnosed with high testosterone, learn why you may have been misdiagnosed (and why you might want to get retested).



Glenn Steponaitis, PA-C

Glenn Steponaitis, PA-C began his healthcare career nearly 20 years ago as a medical technician at Seton Medical Center while concurrently earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology at the University of Texas in Austin.   His interest in medicine lead him down the path of becoming a certified Physician Assistant and achieving a Bachelor of Science degree in this field from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.   Following completion of his schooling, Glenn started a 10 year career in the field of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, and in 2010 he began focusing on the medical management of those suffering from symptoms caused by low testosterone after witnessing hormone replacement doctors help Low T sufferers.