Testosterone is a steroid hormone produced in the testes in men, and the ovaries and adrenal glands in women. While males typically produce significantly more testosterone, females also produce a small, but necessary amount.
The pituitary gland, which sits right in the center of your brain, controls the production and regulation of testosterone.
For men, research shows that testosterone regulates the sex drive, sperm production, fat distribution, muscle mass and strength, and bone density1. It also plays a vital role in mood and cognitive function2. In women, testosterone impacts many of the same factors3, but on a much less prominent level.
According to Alice Williams, M.D. and owner of dralicewilliams.com, low levels of testosterone can cause several problems, including low sex drive, infertility, erectile dysfunction, osteoporosis, weight gain, muscle loss, fatigue, and depression.
Treatment with testosterone replacement therapy helps to restore normal levels of the hormone and minimize these symptoms.
Normal levels of testosterone hormone: