Testosterone & Women
Testosterone is not just a “guy” thing. Testosterone is also important for women’s health. It belongs to a group of hormones called androgens. Androgens contribute to our growth and reproductive health. For women and AFAB*, testosterone is made primarily in the ovaries, adrenal glands, and adipose tissues.
When women and AFAB* have an androgen deficiency, they are more prone to irregular menses, osteoporosis, and reduced muscle mass. Androgen deficiency can lead to the loss of sexual desire, and sexual satisfaction, and is sometimes the underlying cause of depression.
Androgen excess can cause irregular menses, balding, and elevated muscle mass. It can also lead to the loss of sexual desire, and satisfaction, and may cause mood instability.
I Have A Hormonal Imbalance. What Can I Do?
Acupuncture can regulate hormones for both sexes. My studies with Kiiko Matsumoto, a Japanese acupuncturist have helped me develop a comprehensive approach to supporting hormonal balance.
Acupuncture & Hormonal Reflexes
I use gentle palpation applied to specific reflex points to learn which glands or systems are out of balance. Tenderness tells me where there is inflammation. I then use acupuncture to reduce the inflammation.
I use the same reflex points to monitor progress. As the inflammation resolves, the gland can function better and its hormonal production comes into better balance.
For example, a person who has chronic exhaustion could be suffering from an adrenal imbalance or a thyroid problem. I use palpation to find which system is out of balance. Then, I choose acupuncture points to bring that system back to health. As a Five Element Acupuncturist, I am to resolve these issues by treating the whole person, not just the symptoms. Regular treatments lead to increased vitality.
The contents of this article are not meant to be diagnostic or prescriptive. Women’s hormonal problems are often complex. Consult a doctor before choosing a course of treatment.
*Assigned Female At Birth