Although thought of as a male hormone, testosterone is also produced by women and is essential in maintaining muscle and bone health, as well as sexual function. If a woman produces too much testosterone, she may have irregular or absent periods, an abundance of body hair, acne, increased muscle mass or can even become infertile. Though testosterone levels naturally drop when a woman enters menopause, they can also be lowered by diet and lifestyle changes.
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Things you need
- Spearmint tea leaves
- Diindolylmethane (DIM)
- Saw palmetto
- Chaste tree
- Black cohosh
Eat healthy foods. A diet that is high in fat, especially monounsaturated and saturated fats, can increase testosterone levels. Reducing the amount of meat in the diet can also help to decrease testosterone in the body.
Drink herbal tea. In a study conducted at Suleyman Demirel University in Turkey, women who drank two cups of spearmint tea for five days showed a significant decrease in testosterone levels. Use one heaping teaspoon of dried spearmint leaves to one cup of water twice daily.
Dietary supplements can help. Diindolylmethane (DIM) is a natural supplement that can help hormonal imbalances as can calcium-D-glucarate. The recommended dose of DIM is 120 mg daily while 200 mg of calcium-d-glucarate should be taken twice per day.
Herbal supplements can lower testosterone. Saw palmetto (160 mg twice per day), chaste tree (20 to 40 mg each day before breakfast) and black cohosh (20 to 40 mg twice per day) can lower the amount of testosterone that is produced by the body.
Find an acupuncturist. Women with higher than normal testosterone levels may benefit from regular acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture can significantly reduce the amount of testosterone a woman produces and help to reduce the affects of hirsutism, or increased growth of dark, coarse body hair.
Tips and warnings
- Women should consult with a physician to discuss possible side effects before adding herbal supplements to their diet.
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