How to reduce testosterone levels in women

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Testosterone is found in both men and women. Although the right amount of testosterone is usually produced in a woman's ovaries through mid-life, women past the age of 40 may produce too much. This can lead to the development of male characteristics, such as beard growth, a deeper voice, fatigue and loss of breast tissue. These changes are not reversible. For that reason, most women seek to control their testosterone levels.

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Things you need

  • Avocados
  • Fruits
  • Fresh herbs
  • Herbal teas
  • Natural fats
  • Nuts
  • Olive oil
  • Seeds
  • Soybeans
  • Spices
  • Tofu
  • Vegetables
  • Whole grains
  • Black cohosh
  • Chaste tree
  • Diindolylmethan
  • Liquorice root
  • Saw palmetto
  • Adaptogens
  • Acupuncture specialist

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Work toward a hormone balance. Lowering testosterone may not be enough to avoid the problems low levels can present. It may be necessary to increase oestrogen levels in order to bring both hormones into a healthy balance. This may be done through diet, vitamins and supplements, or medications.

  2. 2

    Adopt a healthy, balanced diet that seeks to maintain healthy hormone levels. Regularly include foods such as avocados, fruits, fresh herbs and herbal teas, natural fats, nuts, olive oil, seeds, soybeans, spices, tofu, vegetables and whole grains. These can help bring hormones into proper balance.

  3. 3

    Avoid eating too much protein. It can elevate testosterone levels.

  4. 4

    Try diet supplements such as black cohosh, chaste tree, diindolylmethan, liquorice root and saw palmetto. They have helped lower high testosterone levels in some women.

  5. 5

    Seek out adaptogens such as ginseng. Adaptogens bind to testosterone in order to achieve a healthy hormone balance.

  6. 6

    Use acupuncture to lower testosterone levels. While not everyone finds such treatments helpful, those who do swear by them.

Tips and warnings

  • Decreased testosterone levels can lead to a decreased libido, depression, fatigue, memory loss and weight gain.
  • High amounts of carbohydrates can result in elevated blood sugar levels that can lead to increased insulin and cortisol development. They also can have an effect on the amount of testosterone the body naturally develops.
  • Oral drugs aimed at lowering testosterone levels can lower good cholesterol while also raising bad cholesterol, which could lead to a heart attack or stroke.
  • Most physicians don't recommend long-term testosterone therapy.

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