Normal Testosterone Levels In Women
Why Women Need To Optimise Their Testosterone Too
Testosterone is generally considered to be the main male hormone. But did you know that women need testosterone too?
Testosterone has several key functions in the female body, the first being the regulation and maintenance of bone strength and health, it also helps to regulate menstrual cycles and balances metabolism.
Its scientifically recognised that by ensuring your testosterone levels are at their peak, you will remain leaner, fitter and full of self confidence.
This article looks at the effects of testosterone in women, how much you should have in your blood stream and what to do if your levels drop below normal.
Table Of Contents
- 1 Normal Testosterone Levels In Women
- 2 The Importance of Testosterone In Women
- 3 Low Testosterone In Females
- 4 Boosting Testosterone Naturally
- 5 Look For A Product That Contains:
- 6 To Sum Up
The Importance of Testosterone In Women
It’s only been in recent years that scientists recognised the important role the testosterone plays in a woman’s body. Before then it was largely discounted as a male only hormone.
Testosterone in females is made by the ovaries and to a lesser degree the adrenal glands, it has a part to play in many bodily processes, from those involving hair and skin to muscles and sex drive.
In men, normal levels of testosterone range between 300ng.dl and 1000ng.dl.
Women on the other hand need only a fraction of this amount, with their normal levels sitting at or around the 70ng.dl mark.
Any more than that and they could start to develop masculine attributes (increased body or facial hair, deeper voices to name just 2 of many side effects) – Just look at female bodybuilders who take anabolic steroids!
In normal events, women’s testosterone largely acts as a hormonal regulator.
What this means is that it promotes and maintains femininity in females, when levels are at their peak, women should enjoy some goof health benefits:
- Increased stamina, fitness and performance
- Shapely muscle tone, strong bones
- Reduced body fat
- Good energy levels
- Higher sex drive
- Reduced risk of type 2 diabetes, heart problems and cognitive disorders
Low Testosterone In Females
Having optimum testosterone levels can benefit both health and performance. Just as it reduces in men, as a women reaches her 30’s her testosterone production can start to reduce.
Tests have demonstrated that 90% of all women have some shortfall in testosterone by the time they reach 45, with many women dropping below the lower end of normal which is 15ng.dl .
Low T in a women can have similar effects to that in a man with symptoms including:
- Weight gain
- Low libido and a lack of sexual arousal
- Low moods and depression
- Poor sleep quality
- Mood swings
- Lost muscle tone
Boosting Testosterone Naturally
If you find yourself experiencing any of the above, you will be pleased to know that you can help rejuvenate your hormone balances.
“How you may ask?”
We are not talking drugs, injections or dangerous medications here.
You Can Do It Completely Naturally…. Heres How:
1. Hit The Gym
The best way a woman can rejuvenate her testosterone levels is by strength training. We are taking about lifting weights here, not running for hours on a treadmill.
Now that of course does wonders for your fitness, calorie counting and moods perhaps, but if you really want to boost your muscle tone and get that testosterone levels rising you need to push iron.
You don’t have to be over complicated about it, just include some weight lifting in your workouts 2-3 times per week.
Try and perform at least 8 exercises so that your whole body and all its muscle groups are worked.
Perform 3 sets of 6-12 reps with a weight heavy enough that you struggle to perform the last couple of reps.
8 examples are as follows:
- Chest Press
- Seated Row
- Goblet Squat
- Leg Press
- Leg Curl
- Dead Lift
- Shoulder Press
- Lat PullDown
2. Get More Sleep
A good nights rest is essential for your imbue system, brain health, energy levels and general and hormonal health.
There is a lot of research going on at the moment about sleep and its benefits.
It has been shown that a man or woman who gets just 5 hours of sleep per night will have some hormone deficiencies, whereas someone who sleeps 8 hours will have double the hormone concentration.
3. Eat More Fat
We all know the risks of too much fat in your diet, but cutting it out completely can have other negative effects.
Testosterone is derived directly from cholesterol which comes from fat.
Eating eggs, butter and avocados help to boost testosterone levels because it provides the body with the nutrients it needs to produce increased hormone.
Studies have proved that adding just a small amount of fat to your diet can raise testosterone by up to 13%
4. Come Off The Birth Control Pill
Studies have shown that taking the oral birth control pill can reduce testosterone levels by as much as 61%.
Its main purpose is to reduce levels of estrogen and progesterone but it also has a direct effect on testosterone too.
It increases levels of an enzyme called SHBG (Sex Hormone bInding Globulin) this attaches itself to testosterone in the blood and renders it useless in the body
5. Take A Supplement Containing Proven T-boosting Ingredients
While I would not advocate for one minute taking anabolic steroids, largely because of the inherent health risks but also because of the fact that most owned not want to end up looking like the michelin man.
Look for one that contains certain ingredients, 3 in particular that are known to be truly effective and more importantly – Natural and SAFE.
Look For A Product That Contains:
- Vitamin D3 – At least 3300iu per daily serving
- Magnesium – At least 200mg per day
- Zinc – At least 10mg per day
Other ingredients to look out for include:
- Vitamin B6
- D-aspartic acid
To Sum Up
Testosterone is crucial regulator of both performance and health in women as well as men.
It helps boost brain, and muscle function, strengthens bones and controls body fat distribution.
It also gives your libido and sexual responses a welcome boost.
Try to keep your levels between 15ng.dl and 70ng.dl for maximum benefit.