Changes in Testosterone Levels in Women
Increases in female testosterone levels have been known to occur especially in women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). Effects of increased testosterone levels are irregular menstrual periods, infertility, obesity and increase in male features.
On the other hand, decreases in testosterone levels are associated with decreased sexual desire or libido and body weakness.
Factors that can affect normal female testosterone levels are ovarian disease, intake of corticosteroids and estrogen, alcohol abuse and diseases of the pituitary gland.
Laboratory testing for normal testosterone levels in women may be done to diagnose symptoms that may be part of some disease. This may be done by doing a blood test or a saliva test, although the latter is less accurate in women.
Although a decline in testosterone level is expected in menopausal women some advocate supplementary intake of the hormone to reduce symptoms associated with its deficiency. Restoring hormonal levels to normal, as others claim, may increase sexual drive, improve mood, endurance, strength and even mental ability. Medical advice may be needed for those who seek hormone therapy.