Understanding hormones

Normal Testosterone Level

High testosterone levels can cause a range of unpleasant side effects.Low testosterone levels can cause a surprising array of both physical and psychological complications. Abnormally high levels, too, can result in a range of unpleasant side effects. To avoid either scenario, it’s important to understand what constitutes a normal testosterone level.

Ranges of Testosterone Levels

Testosterone is measured in nanograms per deciliter (ng/dL), and the amount found in the body differs with each individual. Because there’s no “standard” individual level of testosterone, many experts differ on what “normal” really means. Generally, however, a range of 15 to 70 ng/dL is considered normal for women, though testosterone levels vary with age and other factors.

Prepubescent ranges

Life cycle of testosteronePrior to puberty, the body places higher emphasis on the production of other hormones, making testosterone levels during the period the lowest overall.

Premenopausal ranges

Premenopause indicates a “middle” range of testosterone levels. Compared to prepubescent levels, however, premenopausal testosterone levels are fairly high.

Menopausal and postmenopausal ranges

By menopause and postmenopause, women are producing less estrogen, but have the highest level of testosterone.

Continue reading to understand the implications of high testosterone levels.

Why Is a Healthy Level of Testosterone Important for Women?

It is important for women to have balanced levels of testosterone, because this hormone plays a role in their sexual drive, bone and muscle mass. Each woman’s body is different, so a healthy level of testosterone will differ for each individual. Testosterone deficiency can cause uncomfortable symptoms, so it’s (...)

Testosterone Imbalance Treatments: Three Approaches

It is recommended to begin with the least aggressive approach and move to the next level of treatment only if necessary.

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