Testosterone is the number one sex hormone in men. The pituitary gland is responsible for the control of the production of testosterone. The pituitary signals the testes to produce testosterone. A “feedback loop” closely monitors the amount of testosterone in the blood. If the brain receives the signal that there is too much then the brain will signal the pituitary to reduce production.

Not only important for men. But this hormone plays a vital role in women as well. In women testosterone is produced in the ovaries and the adrenal gland. It is only one of the many male sex hormones in females. These hormones have crucial effects on ovarian function, bone strength and sexual behavior.

It is important for the body to find a balance between testosterone and estrogen for the ovaries to work correctly.

Excess testosterone in women is the most common cause of polycystic ovarian syndrome. The ovaries may contain several cysts. Symptoms include; irregular periods, reduced fertility, thick skin, weight gain, depression and anxiety.

On the other hand a deficiency is also an issue. Women can experience a low libido, reduced bone strength, poor concentration or depression.

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