Androgens are popularly known as “male” hormones – but they actually play many important roles in the female body.
Natural decreases in androgens like androstenedione, dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), and DHEA sulfate (DHEAS) can lead to an androgen deficiency in women, which can cause symptoms like low libido, fatigue, poor concentration, and others. This decrease in hormone production is a common effect of menopause, but women of all ages can experience reduced hormone levels independent of menopause.
Symptoms of androgen deficiency include:
● Low libido
● Decreased sexual response
● Decreased sense of well-being
● Poor concentration
These symptoms may be a result of androgen deficiency, or they could be caused by a deficiency of estradiol (a form of estrogen). Replacing both testosterone and estradiol can improve libido, sexual arousal, frequency of sexual fantasies, sexual function, body composition, muscle strength, and quality of life, more than just estrogen replacement alone.