Testosterone...is often thought of as the “male” hormone which is correct, but we need it too. Surprisingly women produce three times as much testosterone than oestrogen before the menopause !
Testosterone is made in the ovaries and also in the adrenal glands (the small glands near your kidneys). As we get older testosterone declines with the result that your libido drops and in fact when you do have sex, it may not be as pleasurable as it used to be. There is also some research indicating that having lower testosterone can affect your mood and result in low mood and depression.
Testosterone is also very important for bone strength, heart health, cognitive performance, energy levels and general feelings of well-being.
Remember however this can go both ways and for some women there may be a time when testosterone becomes dominant and they can have symptoms like acne, excess hair growth and even a deepening voice.
No wonder no one menopause experience is the same and no wonder there are so many symptoms
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