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Testosterone is well known as a hormone related to men and masculinity. However, it is also important to women's health at much lower concentrations. Most testosterone in women is produced from the adrenal hormone DHEA though small amounts can be produced directly by the ovaries.
Sufficient testosterone is important to libido, cardiometabolic health, muscle mass, and cognitive function.
Low testosterone in women is associated with decreased memory, cognitive dysfunction, loss of libido, menopause, ovarian or adrenal insufficiency, pelvic radiation, and the use of certain medications such as oral contraceptives and thyroxine.
High testosterone in women may be associated with amenorrhea, PCOS, masculinization, excess body hair, smoking, oxidative stress, and an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, atrial fibrillation, and ischemic stroke.
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