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What are the effects of low testosterone levels in women?

By Anonymous August 23, 2010 - 8:03pm
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My daughter is 27 and just had her first child 7 months ago. Prior to becoming pregnant, she was experiencing hair loss, fatigue, loss of libido, and inability to gain weight. She weighs approx. 110 and is 5'6". Her doctor inferred it may be low testosterone, but had never treated a female and was unsure of the dosage and so did nothing. What can she do?

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You would think this is an easy question to answer...but it is not. There does not seem to be agreement within the medical community regarding what are "normal" levels of testosterone in women.

A few reasons:
1. Age is a factor
2. BMI is a factor (height, weight, body mass)

I found an article that discusses this topic in medical terms: http://jcem.endojournals.org/cgi/content/full/86/4/1842. I will continue searching for more information for you, that may be more helpful.

In the meantime...if her doctor thinks she has low testosterone, all of her symptoms DO indicate this as a possible cause, but he is not treating her because he is unsure HOW...he needs to refer her to a doctor that DOES know how, how much, etc. Can she seek a second opinion?

August 24, 2010 - 2:09pm
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