When you hear the term “testosterone,” most people generally associate it with hormonal health in men. Although testosterone belongs to a group of male sex hormones called androgens, it is also produced in smaller quantities in the ovaries and plays a significant role in a woman’s overall health. As a woman’s estrogen levels naturally deplete during menopause, her testosterone production can also slow which can cause a hormonal imbalance. If you are concerned about maintaining optimal hormonal health after your menopausal years without any invasive procedures, consider looking into the benefits of natural testosterone treatment.
Signs of Low Testosterone in Women
Testosterone is responsible for helping regulate several key functions in a woman’s body, such as red blood cell production, fat distribution, sex drive, and fertility. It’s normal for a woman’s testosterone levels to fluctuate due to her menstrual cycle, illness or nutritional deficiencies. However, if you experience these symptoms regularly you could benefit from natural testosterone treatment:
- Muscle weakness
- Weight gain
- Irregular menstrual cycles
- Weakened bones
- Decreased sex drive
Natural testosterone treatment refers to any method of increasing your testosterone levels without the use of synthetic or inorganic boosters such as steroids. There are a number of ways women can naturally boost testosterone, including:
- Exercising more often
- Increasing vitamin D and zinc levels
- Decreasing alcohol consumption
- Eating more protein and carbohydrate-rich foods
- Getting a restful night’s sleep
- Lowering cortisol through stress management
Benefits of Natural Testosterone Treatment
Depression, moodiness and “brain fog” are often considered symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) or menopause in women, but significant mood changes can actually be a sign of low testosterone. This is because androgens play a significant role in certain cognitive functions, such as mood stabilization and mental focus. Simply put, low testosterone can lead to low moods and a low attention span. Increasing your testosterone through several natural methods such as getting a restful night’s sleep and spending time in the sun to increase your vitamin D consumption can provide you with a much-needed mood boost – no antidepressant medication required.
Stronger, Healthier Bones
As a woman ages, it is common for her bone density to decrease as her testosterone levels drop. Testosterone is one of the driving factors behind bone mineral mass, and a significant drop in testosterone levels can put a woman at risk for brittle bones, fractures, and osteoporosis. Increasing your testosterone by eating protein and calcium-rich foods such as beans and green leafy vegetables will help to improve your bone density and prevent potential damage to the muscles and internal organs housed inside of your skeletal system.
Increased Cardiovascular Health
Cardiovascular health is incredibly important for women to maintain at any age, especially considering cardiovascular diseases are responsible for a shocking 1 in 3 deaths in women in the United States. Hormonal imbalances such as low testosterone are often linked to a variety of cardiovascular risks, such as heart attack, stroke, and coronary heart disease. This is because low testosterone decreases one’s red blood cell count, which limits the amount of oxygen traveling to and from the heart. Natural testosterone treatment such as increasing cardio workouts and eating heart-healthy proteins like tuna and chicken will help to stimulate red blood cell production, increase oxygen transfer throughout the body, and promote overall heart health.
Less Fat, More Muscle
A slight weight gain in women is common as their metabolism slows with age. However, a sudden decrease in muscle mass – particularly around the midsection – should signal women to consider the possibility of low testosterone. Testosterone is responsible for increasing muscle mass, and low testosterone makes it hard for the body to build muscle which often leads to fat storage. Luckily, this is one of the most easily reversible side effects of hormonal imbalances in women after integrating naturally testosterone boosting diet and exercise changes into your daily regimen.
Starting Your Natural Testosterone Treatment
If you are a woman and suspect any health problems you are experiencing are related to low testosterone, your best plan of action is to first consult with a functional medicine doctor. If your suspicions are confirmed during testing, your doctor will then work with you to determine which forms of natural testosterone treatment are the best fit for your specific needs, concerns, and prior health history. It is worth noting that more severe cases of low testosterone likely cannot be remedied solely by lifestyle changes, a doctor might recommend a more involved form of bioidentical hormone therapy to help your body continue to function optimally at any age.
Dr. Lorraine Maita is a recognized and award-winning holistic, functional, and anti-aging physician and author. She transforms people’s lives by getting to the root cause of illness using the best of science and nature. Her approach is personalized, precision medicine where you are treated as the unique individual you are. If you’re ready to start your journey to a healthier, happier life, schedule your visit today!