High testosterone levels in women are an indication that her system is out of balance or that a disease is present. Women typically have naturally lower levels of testosterone then men. A woman’s normal Testosterone rage is between 9 and 55 ng/dl.
Testosterone levels are measured in your blood by laboratory testing. Viking Alternative Medicine can write a prescription for this test as part of our TRT Clinic consultation services. You can also get your lab work performed without any prescription or doctor involved if you choose.
The signs and symptoms of high testosterone in a woman are:
Menstrual irregularities, excess body hair (or hair loss), acne, increased muscle mass, and/or changes in weight or body shape.
High Testosterone levels can be caused by PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome), Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia, or Adrenal and ovarian tumors. High testosterone in women can also cause some other health complications such as infertility, miscarriage, obesity, depression, heart disease, and Type 2 diabetes. It is important to investigate if you experience any of the symptoms mentioned.
Polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS, is a hormonal condition that women can get during their childbearing years. Approximately 10% of women have this syndrome. It can affect your ability to have a child (your doctor will call it your fertility). It can also:
Stop your periods or make them hard to predict
Cause acne and unwanted body and facial hair
Raise your risk of other health problems, including diabetes and high blood pressure
You can get treatments for the symptoms. And you could be able to get pregnant, although you may need to take medicines to improve your fertility.
Some women with PCOS have cysts on their ovaries. That’s why it’s called “polycystic.” But the name is misleading because many women with PCOS don’t have cysts.
Congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH) is a group of inherited genetic disorders that affect the adrenal glands, a pair of walnut-sized organs above your kidneys. It is much less common than PCOS.
A person with CAH lacks one of the enzymes the adrenal glands use to produce hormones that help regulate metabolism, the immune system, blood pressure and other essential functions.
While testosterone levels typically decline in both women and men with age, menopause can produce deceptive results. In post-menopausal women, testosterone levels may appear higher because estrogen declines and the balance is skewed making it extremely important to have your levels checked by a blood test.
Treatment for high testosterone in women
Treatment for high testosterone will include a detailed assessment to find the root cause of the problem, as well as lifestyle changes, medical prescriptions, and nutritional supplements.
These lifestyle changes may focus on achieving a healthy weight, minimizing your consumption of sugar and processed food, exercising, managing stress, and improving sleep. In addition to lifestyle changes, medications and supplements may be needed depending on the cause of the testosterone imbalance.