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By Dr. Natasha Turner for

Most women think of low testosterone as being a male issue. The reality is that in women, low testosterone can lead to a variety of undesirable side effects, including decreased sex drive, lack of muscle tissue, depression, obesity, osteoporosis, low memory, heart disease, and painful intercourse. Find out the signs of decreased testosterone in women, and what you can do to help if you have that problem.

Are you low in testosterone?

To determine if low testosterone is a concern for you, take my quiz below. If you are experiencing more than seven of the below symptoms, your testosterone levels may be lower than they should be:

-Dry skin
-Thinning skin, or skin has lost its fullness
-Painful intercourse
-Poor tolerance for exercise
-Loss of muscle tone in arms and legs
-Poor memory or concentration
-Loss of libido
-Depression or anxiety
-Loss of motivation or competitive edge
-Gaining fat around abdomen or “love handles”
-Difficulty building or maintaining muscle
-Loss of bone density or osteoporosis
-Use of corticosteroids

In addition to symptoms above, if you would rather write out your grocery list than get frisky under the sheets, you may be suffering from low testosterone.

How is low testosterone treated?

If you do discover that your testosterone levels are low, don’t get discouraged. Try using one or more of these tips to top up your testosterone naturally:

1. Remove hormone disruptors
While I have mentioned this before, I can’t stress this point enough: to get back in hormonal homeostasis you must reduce your toxin exposure and improve your internal detoxification systems. Opt for skincare products without parabens and other chemicals, including: methylparabens, propylparabens, formaldehyde, imidazolidinyl urea, methylisothiazolinone, propylene glycol, paraffin, isopropyl alcohol, and sodium lauryl sulphate.

I also advise that you avoid plastics in your kitchen and water bottles/drinks as much as possible, and switch to glass or stainless-steel containers and bowls.

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