high testosterone in women

How Common is Naturally High Testosterone in Women?

With the recent controversy surrounding South African Olympian Caster Semenya, many are beginning to wonder how common it is for women to have naturally high testosterone levels. Even with the advancement of hormone-testing technology, testosterone is still broadly considered a “male-only” hormone, despite its natural production in the ovaries.

While women naturally produce less testosterone than men, some women struggle with high testosterone levels. Along with estrogen, testosterone helps to grow and maintain women’s bones and reproductive tissues. These hormones can also impact different human behaviors.

While most women’s bodies can regulate a proper amount of testosterone on its own, there are some cases where women start producing too much testosterone. It can come with many side effects. This includes:

  • Excess body hair or facial hair
  • Acnes
  • Hair loss
  • Changes in mood
  • Low libido
  • Deepening of the voice
  • Enlarged clitoris
  • Irregular menstrual cycles
  • Decreased breast size
  • Increased muscle mass

Another side effect that can be a more significant cause for concern would be developing Polycystic Ovary Syndrome or PCOS. This condition is caused by a hormonal imbalance and is often linked to higher levels of testosterone. Where this condition differs from other hormonal imbalances, though, is that it can actually lead to more severe issues like infertility or ovarian cysts.

While this isn’t necessarily “normal,” it is more common than most people think. Nearly 1 in 10 women may develop PCOS in their lifetime. The good news is that hormonal treatments can help women regulate their bodies’ hormones and get back to a normal, balanced state. If you have been experiencing symptoms like this or are concerned you may have high testosterone levels, contact LT Men’s Clinic. We can do a testosterone blood test to determine if low T is at the root of your issues.

If you have any questions about your testosterone levels or different potential hormone treatments that may help you, contact LT Men’s Clinic to learn more. You can contact us by calling 817-369-3605 to make an appointment.