Testosterone deficiency can affect women as well as men.
Some of the symptoms connected with a testosterone deficiency:
- Decreased libido, potency problems (♂), orgasm difficulties (♀)
- Decrease in muscles / few distinctive muscles
- Fat deposits in the stomach and breast areas
- Cellulite, varicose veins
- Slack arms and face, wrinkle development, dry skin
- Decreased hair growth (e.g. beard (♂))
- Low stamina, consistent tiredness
- Low assertiveness, uncertainty
- Decreased stress resistance, nervousness
- Anxiety, depressive moods
Verisana measures your testosterone levels and determines whether your levels are too high or too low depending on the reference range.
How testosterone acts in the body
Testosterone is a sex hormone that is mainly associated with men – after all, it is responsible for the characteristics that distinguish the appearance of men from women, such as beard growth: it ensures the development of the male sex organ and is responsible for sexual potency and fertility. In addition, it strengthens the heart, brain and bones, supports muscle growth and fat decomposition, counteracts diabetes and high blood pressure, and helps to lower cholesterol levels.
However, testosterone is also important for women, even though they produce 20 to 30 times less testosterone than men. Testosterone has a mood lifting effect, ensures for more assertiveness and enhances the desire for sex in both women and men. It also enhances sexual sensitivity, making it easier for women to reach orgasm.
The body can only profit from all of these positive properties by having a healthy testosterone level; a deficiency can cause the complaints listed above and an excess can, amongst other things, lead to excessive aggressiveness, acne, oily skin and unwanted body hair (face and body) in women.
What causes a testosterone deficiency?
There are different reasons for a testosterone deficiency. It can be congenital, or triggered by an accident or sickness. One of the most common causes is, in fact, that the production of certain hormones tends to deteriorate with age – as is the case with testosterone. Women begin to produce less testosterone around the age of 25, men around the age of 40 – although the exact moment can differ between individuals. At the age of 70-80 years, the testosterone level in men is only a third as high as that of an 18 year old.
A testosterone deficiency can be amplified through sport as well as high emotional stress. Diet is also a factor – certain foods reduce our testosterone level (sugar, whole grain products), whereas other products can raise testosterone production (food that is rich in saturated fats, such as protein-rich foods, for example meat, fish, leguminous plants).
A slight testosterone deficiency can therefore be treated with the correct diet. However, if the deficiency is more pronounced, the natural balance can be restored with the purposeful consumption of bio-identical hormones – only under medical supervision, of course.
How Verisana can help
Many of the symptoms mentioned above can have other causes, therefore we recommend a saliva test to determine your hormone values. The sample needed can be easily obtained by yourself at home. The evaluation report is then sent in the post along with:
- Your testosterone values in graphical form – this makes it possible to decipher whether your values are within the reference range.
- An easy to understand explanation regarding the functions of testosterone.
- A summary of the complaints that can come from a deficiency or excess.
More information on our testosterone saliva test.