5 Signs You Might Be Low on Testosterone
Testosterone is best known as the male sex hormone, but what a lot of folks don't realize is that testosterone is critical to women's health and well-being as well. Some researchers argue that we're currently living in a world where the population is experiencing its lowest levels of testosterone in history. There are a lot of reasons why testosterone is declining, including environmental factors, diet and nutritional factors, and general health factors. Although that study specifically focused on the decline of testosterone in American men, it's not a huge leap in logic to also assert that women are suffering from a similar deficiency.
Our environment is making it harder than ever to keep our hormones optimized for health. Although it's natural for both men and women's testosterone level's to diminish as they age, the rate of degradation is increasing because people are starting with lower levels to begin with. This is where natural supplementation comes in. All of our products are designed to help both men and women, but mostly women, find balance and optimization in their hormones using all natural products that won't interfere with your body's processes. Particular ingredients in each of our formulations were specifically added because of their testosterone booting effect -- for example, velvet bean and velvet antler extract. Since hormones modulate so much of how we feel in our day to day, we've rounded up a few signs that might indicate low testosterone in women.
I. Low Motivation
Struggling to make things happen in your life is a big sign that your T levels might be low. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the male energy, the Yang, is responsible for making progress towards goals and taking action. Male and female energy exists together in each individual regardless of their gender. In order to get started on any endeavour you need the fiery passion of Yang energy -- which in our Western world, corresponds to your testosterone levels. One study showed that college aged women with higher levels of serum testosterone typically self reported themselves as more, "...self-directed, action-oriented, and resourceful."
II. Always Tired
Energy levels can and do change from hour to hour and also from day to day. Changes in your cycle or hunger can cause dips and spikes in energy levels as can the effectiveness of your sleep. That said, if you feel chronically tired, it could be low testosterone. One study showed that in older men and women, those who had lower testosterone levels felt more easily exhausted when walking and weren't able to walk as fast as their normal testosterone level peers. Women who demonstrated persistent fatigue are more likely to have lower testosterone levels. If you find yourself not feeling restored after a solid night of sleep, or if you keep reaching for coffee or energy drinks to get you through the day, it might be time to check your hormone levels.
III. Low Libido
Sexual function and desire is a great barometer for your overall health. Dating back to our ancient ancestors, sex drive indicated that resources were plentiful and that each individual was healthy enough to have and support a child. So, if things aren't going great for you now and your hormones are thrown out of whack (high stress, poor food choices, bad sleep, etc) your body likely won't want you to have sex. Your libido will likely suffer - especially if your testosterone is low.
One study demonstrated that women who supplemented with exogenous testosterone saw elevated levels of sexual motivation, arousal, enjoyment, and frequency. Low libido is another common complaint among women who have low testosterone.
IV. Poor Bone Density & Skin Quality
Bone density is an important thing for women to keep an eye on as they age. Osteoporosis commonly impacts older women -- making them frail and unable to sustain themselves after injury. Studies indicate that women with higher levels of testosterone are least likely to lose height as they age. This is because testosterone plays an important role in the strengthening of bones. DEXA scans or a doctor's appointment is a good way to get hard numbers on your bone density, and they're important numbers to monitor. Another quick test that you can do is to see how firm of a handshake you can give. Folks with deteriorating bones can't grip nearly as well as someone with healthy bones.
A lack of testosterone can also make your skin appear to age faster than it actually is. Collagen production, for your joints and skin, relies on testosterone.
V. Fat Gain and Muscle Loss
Have you ever noticed how men can drop weight super quickly, while it seems to stick around a little longer for the ladies? Lower levels of testosterone are associated with a fat gain and loss of muscle definition. It's often correlated that overweight and obese individuals have lower testosterone. The effects of testosterone on muscle gain are well documented on any bro-oriented body building board. That said, the science backs it up, and more women could benefit from added muscle tone and its calorie burning, strength, and health associated benefits.