Hormones: How much testosterone does a women need?
Testosterone is a natural hormone also called androgen. It is known as the male hormone, but also women have a small amount of testosterone in their body. The ovaries produce both testosterone and estrogen. Small quantities of testosterone are released into your bloodstream by the ovaries and adrenal glands. The highest amount is around age 20 (10% of the testosterone in men) and then it slowly declines with age.
In men, testosterone is linked to male physical traits and sex drive. For women, it is to maintain a high quality of life. A good balance of testosterone is very important and will give the following benefits:
- Maintain sex drive
- Keep bones healthy
- Manage pain levels
- Preserve cognitive health
If the testosterone level is too low it can cause fatigue, weight gain, decrease interest in sex, mood swings, anxiety, difficulty concentrating or hair loss.
On the other side, if your body produces too much testosterone, you may have more body hair than the average woman or feel changes in the menstrual cycles.
To boost your testosterone level in a natural way all forms of cardio are helping. Exercise improves our body’s sensitivity to insulin and cortisol, so we don’t need as much. This, in turn, allows our testosterone to remain at an optimal level. Sleeping and meditating also helps. People who meditate regularly have higher testosterone and lower cortisol.