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How to increase testosterone in women (and know if it isá low)

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How to increase testosterone in women (and know if it isá low)
How to increase testosterone in women (and know if it isá low)

Low testosterone in women can be noticed through the appearance of some signs, such as sexual disinterest, decreased muscle mass, weight gain and decreased sense of well-being, and this situation is usually related to adrenal insufficiency and with menopause.

To increase testosterone levels in women, it is important that a doctor is consulted so that the cause of low testosterone can be identified and the best form of treatment can be indicated, promoting a feeling of well-being.

In women, it is normal for circulating testosterone levels to be lower than for men, as this hormone is responsible for secondary male characteristics.However, the circulation of ideal amounts of testosterone in women is important so that various body functions are maintained. See what testosterone levels are considered normal.

How to increase testosterone in women

Increase in the amount of testosterone in women should be done under medical advice and is usually recommended when the woman has a blood testosterone concentration equal to or less than 25 ng/dL. Thus, some options for testosterone-based remedies that can be indicated by the gynecologist are:

  • Injectable Testosterone, which can be found alone or in combination with estrogens;
  • Testosterone in pills, which can be manipulated or found in the conventional pharmacy. The safest dose is 1.25 mg to 2.5 mg daily;
  • Testosterone patch: Not approved by ANVISA and therefore not marketed in Brazil, however it provides 300 µg/day of testosterone and must be changed every 4 days;
  • Testosterone gel or Androgel, which can be made in the manipulation containing Testosterone Propionate 1% to 2% to be applied in the external intimate region of the woman. See how to use androgel.

Testosterone-based remedies should only be used in case of medical indication because they have side effects such as cholesterol changes, liver poisoning, increased risk of heart attack and breast and ovarian cancer. Treatment should not be carried out for more than 6 months because the risks of prolonged use of testosterone in women are not known and during treatment it is important to undergo regular examinations and be evaluated by the doctor.

Natural shapes

It is possible to naturally increase testosterone in women by increasing the consumption of foods rich in zinc, vitamin A and D, such as chestnuts, sunflower seeds, eggs, sardines, spinach and fish oil, for example, and avoid the consumption of foods rich in sugar and soy, as they can interfere with the production of testosterone.See more about foods that increase testosterone.

In addition, it is important to avoid stress and invest in moments to relax and exercise. The ideal is to practice some physical exercise that you enjoy at least 2 times a week for 1 hour, or daily for 30 minutes. Check out other tips to increase testosterone naturally.

See in more detail in the following video how to increase testosterone:

Possible risks of supplementation

The use of testosterone by women is only indicated when recommended by the doctor, as its excessive, unnecessary and unregulated use can increase the risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer, heart attack, thrombosis and development of insulin resistance, for example, in addition to favoring the appearance of acne, making the skin more oily, altering the voice and promoting the enlargement of the clitoris.

In addition, testosterone can lead to the accumulation of fat in the abdominal region, which can favor the accumulation of fat between the organs, which increases the risk of heart problems and liver toxicity.

Due to the risks that indiscriminate testosterone supplementation can have, it is not recommended that testosterone be used by women to increase muscle mass.

How to know if your testosterone is low

The decrease in the amount of testosterone in women can be perceived through some signs, the most characteristic of which are:

  • Sexual disinterest;
  • Reduction in well-being;
  • Mood changes;
  • Lack of motivation;
  • Persistent fatigue;
  • Decrease in muscle mass;
  • Weight gain;
  • Accumulation of body fat;
  • Lower bone mass.

Confirmation that testosterone is insufficient in women is done through a blood test, such as the measurement of free testosterone in the blood, for example.In addition, the physician may indicate the dosage of SDHEA, in the case of suspected androgen insufficiency of adrenal cause.

Decreased testosterone concentration in women can happen due to several situations, the main ones being aging, sedentary lifestyle, inadequate diet, failure or withdrawal of the ovaries, use of medicines with estrogens, antiandrogens, glucocorticoids, adrenal insufficiency, anorexia nervous, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and AIDS.

In addition, it is common for hormone levels to change during menopause, including testosterone levels, which also influences the characteristic signs and symptoms of menopause. Thus, in some cases, the gynecologist may indicate the use of testosterone-based drugs to relieve menopausal symptoms, especially when replacement with other hormones is not enough. Know how to recognize the symptoms of menopause.

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