Testosterone and Menopause: The Facts
It’s well known that menopause symptoms usually begin to occur when oestrogen levels decline, but did you know that your testosterone supply can fall around this time too?
A woman’s testosterone levels tend to be at their peak in their 20s, typically halving by the time they reach their 40s and the perimenopause stage.
Although this is usually due to age rather than menopause, the effects of low testosterone levels can be similar to menopause symptoms, so treatments for managing menopause may help you to get a hold on these effects too.
What Role Does Testosterone Play in a Woman’s Body?
When testosterone levels drop, women may find themselves gaining weight, losing interest in sex, feeling more sluggish and fatigued, experiencing a decline in bone density and muscle mass, and even finding it harder to get a good night’s sleep. This is because testosterone plays an important role in regulating each of these functions in your body.
Each of these can also be common symptoms of menopause, with testosterone actually playing a key part in your body’s oestrogen production, which declines in your 40s and 50s. This shows that the roles of all of these hormones are closely linked, which can make it difficult to determine the specific hormones your body is lacking in.
With this in mind, you should always speak to your GP if you’re struggling to work out where your symptoms may be coming from.
How to Naturally Manage Menopause Symptoms
Finding a way to naturally rebalance your hormonal activity, such as by taking menopause supplements, could help you to manage a whole host of symptoms associated with this time in your life, including fatigue, low energy levels, changes to your metabolism, low bone density, aching muscles and difficulty sleeping.
There are a range of natural treatments for menopause available - if you want to address the oestrogen decline in your body, the Femarelle® supplements that we stock could help, as they contain a derivative of soy called DT56a, which can mimic the effects of oestrogen in your body.
If you’re looking for treatments to help you with other hormonal imbalances, speak to a pharmacist or GP to weigh up your options. They may be indirectly linked to your oestrogen levels though, so you may want to try out natural menopause supplements.
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