The signs of low testosterone in women are often overlooked for a couple of reasons.
First, many people confuse the signs of low testosterone, in women especially, with the common symptoms of aging.
Second, as alluded to above, low testosterone is often associated with men, so many women just don’t think to look for it. Most of the testosterone-related articles you’re likely to see are written with men in mind.
However, it’s important to realize that testosterone is a vital hormone for women’s bodies as well — and, just like a man, you can experience symptoms when your testosterone levels fall below normal.
It’s true — low testosterone can seriously affect both your appearance and how you feel, starting at any age during adulthood.
In other words, Low T can affect your quality of life just as it can affect a man’s.
So, let’s talk about what to look for, the signs and symptoms of low testosterone in women, and what you can do about them.
Physical Signs of Low Testosterone in Women
Weight Gain and Difficulty Losing Weight
Women with low testosterone often experience weight gain, loss of muscle mass, and lower bone density.
That extra body fat can produce excess estrogen, which, if your testosterone is already low, can lead to further hormone imbalance.
Many women will chalk up this weight gain to getting older — however, if this is due to a hormone imbalance or deficiency, that weight gain may be slowed or stopped, or even reversed.
What we often find is a vicious cycle — extra fat leads to extra estrogen which, in turn, leads to lower testosterone.
The opposite is ALSO true. Low testosterone levels can lead to weight gain and obesity.
Weight gain and low testosterone are like dance partners, shuffling and spinning together towards poor health.
What that means is, once this cycle has started, it can be very hard to break — getting hormone levels back to normal can help stop the cycle in its tracks.
Men are often concerned about the connection between low testosterone and baldness, but low testosterone can also lead to hair loss in women.
Hair loss on the head, particularly thinning or patchiness, is one of the tell-tale signs of low testosterone.
One of the signs to look for is a pattern of thinning at the hairline, the temples, or the crown of your head.
But hair density in other areas of the body may be affected as well, so keep an eye out for needing to shave your legs or armpits less often.
Fatigue and Exhaustion
Feeling tired all the time, often with no explanation for your lack of energy, is one of the more common signs of low testosterone in women.
If you suffer from low energy or fatigue regularly, despite getting enough sleep, it may be an indication of low testosterone.
Low testosterone can certainly drain your energy levels and affect your productivity, and it’s one of the major concerns that brings patients to get a consult to check their hormone balance.
Low T can also make it difficult to get a full night’s sleep, which will make the fatigue problem even worse — another downward spiral potentially affecting your wellbeing.
Emotional and Mental Signs of Low Testosterone in Women
Are you having unexplained low moods, bouts with the blues, and mild to moderate depressive periods? These are some of the key signs of low testosterone in women.
Women often consider taking prescription medication to combat these very difficult times of low mood, believing there are no other options available.
However, if your hormones are at fault, hormone replacement therapy may help start feeling like yourself again.
The body’s ability to regulate mood can be seriously affected by your hormone levels — it can leave you feeling out of sorts when those levels are out of balance, as this study demonstrates.
Anxiety and Difficulty Concentrating
Another one of the more-common signs of low testosterone in women is mild anxiety. Low-level anxiety with no known cause, particularly without having experienced difficulties in the past, may indicate a hormone issue.
Anxiety connected to low testosterone is usually more of a mild irritation, but anxiety strong enough to cause panic attacks is also something you might experience.
Another related problem is the inability to concentrate.
Having difficulty concentrating on tasks that used to be easy for you is often blamed on getting older, but it could be one of the very preventable signs of low testosterone in women.
Loss of Interest in Sex
A common complaint in men suffering from low testosterone is a drop in sex drive or a loss of interest in sex.
But women can also experience a very similar drop in libido (or loss of interest in sex) when testosterone levels become unbalanced.
This Psychology Today article advised healthcare professionals to look carefully for low testosterone disguising itself as low mood or loss of interest in sex:
“Always check free testosterone levels. Suspect hypogonadism if… there is a decrease in sex drive from the baseline. Low testosterone is not normal, even in an older patient…”
Now That You Know the Signs of Low Testosterone in Women, Talk to Your Medical Provider
Contact your medical provider or book a consultation with us to see if low T is the cause of your symptoms.
Remember, it affects even women.
If you are experiencing these symptoms, TRT (Testosterone Replacement Therapy) may be a possibility for relieving them naturally.
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