Why Do You Think It Is That Women Have No Testosterone But Both Sexes Have Estrogen?

Why Do You Think It Is That Women Have No Testosterone But Both Sexes Have Estrogen?

Sera Sera
I've seen a few women that seemed like they HAD testosterone, so how is it that they don't? My husband and I actually started thinking about this and talking about it, and I thought maybe I could get an answer from a smart cookie or two from Eden.
10/24/2010
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Andromeda Andromeda
Quote:
Originally posted by Sera
I've seen a few women that seemed like they HAD testosterone, so how is it that they don't? My husband and I actually started thinking about this and talking about it, and I thought maybe I could get an answer from a smart cookie or two from Eden.
Um, women do have testosterone. The ovaries produce both testosterone and estrogen, and the levels of the two vary depending on where a woman is in her cycle.
10/24/2010
Illusional Illusional
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Originally posted by Andromeda
Um, women do have testosterone. The ovaries produce both testosterone and estrogen, and the levels of the two vary depending on where a woman is in her cycle.
Oh, I was going to google this. I thought both genders had both..
10/24/2010
Tori Rebel Tori Rebel
Andromeda beat me to it but here's a little more background for anyone looking for more info - link
10/24/2010
Tuesday Tuesday
Both are needed in both genders, absolutely. Just in different amounts and ratios.
10/24/2010
Blinker Blinker
What exactly do you mean by "women looked like they had testosterone"? That is slightly offensive. Hormone imbalances can happen to anyone and it doesn't necessarily mean all women with extra testosterone (and, yes, testosterone is something WHICH ALL WOMEN HAVE) hit people, grow beards and get drunk or do whatever other "man" things you have in mind.

I have PCOS and suffer from having excess testosterone. It's a medical condition and I've dealt with it for over a decade. I have to take medications to try to balance out the hormonal imbalances.

Please don't refer to women as "looking" like they have testosterone. I know this may be seen as catty, or I'm being too PC or whatever, but this kinda kicked me in the gut and I know other women on this forum deal with the same difficulties I do. Please be careful when you word something in the future.
10/24/2010
Naughty Student Naughty Student
Testosterone is what makes women horny, just like in men. Women who have low testosterone have low libido.
10/24/2010
Darling Jen Darling Jen
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Originally posted by Blinker
What exactly do you mean by "women looked like they had testosterone"? That is slightly offensive. Hormone imbalances can happen to anyone and it doesn't necessarily mean all women with extra testosterone (and, yes, testosterone is ...
I also have PCOS and felt rather off put by how it was worded.

But as others have already said, women DO naturally have testosterone. In fact, you'll find that men and women have all the same hormones and chemicals floating around in their body. What makes a difference is what organs are present to react to them (such as the testes versus the ovaries) and in what combination or amount the chemical is produced in. We're ALL more alike than people in our culture think. Look for similarities, not differences.
10/24/2010
Madeira Madeira
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Originally posted by Sera
I've seen a few women that seemed like they HAD testosterone, so how is it that they don't? My husband and I actually started thinking about this and talking about it, and I thought maybe I could get an answer from a smart cookie or two from Eden.
Women do definitely have testosterone... absolutely without question.
10/24/2010
Darling Jen Darling Jen
Hey wait... Vet science? I'm pretty surprised that any classes in vet science hasn't touched on the endocrine system at all. Education system? Fail.
10/24/2010
~LaUr3n~ ~LaUr3n~
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Originally posted by Tuesday
Both are needed in both genders, absolutely. Just in different amounts and ratios.
Short and sweet answer.
10/24/2010
Midway through Midway through
Quote:
Originally posted by Sera
I've seen a few women that seemed like they HAD testosterone, so how is it that they don't? My husband and I actually started thinking about this and talking about it, and I thought maybe I could get an answer from a smart cookie or two from Eden.
We do have it. PCOS is actually a disease where women have TOO much production of it. So it does get produced.
10/25/2010
Beth D Beth D
Lol, I hope all women have testosterone. There's something very wrong if someone doesn't
10/25/2010
J's Alley J's Alley
We do all have it, but in varying amounts. I also have PCOS, *but* I produce next to NO testosterone...or progesterone, or estrogen. Then it spikes.

I get what was meant by women who "look" like the have it, I am very sure no harm was meant there though.
10/25/2010
Envy Envy
Both genders produce it.
10/25/2010
P'Gell P'Gell
Quote:
Originally posted by Sera
I've seen a few women that seemed like they HAD testosterone, so how is it that they don't? My husband and I actually started thinking about this and talking about it, and I thought maybe I could get an answer from a smart cookie or two from Eden.
Women do have Testosterone, as several posters have said.

In fact, many women find, when they get into Peri-Menopause, and their estrogen and progesterone levels fall, their testosterone levels become prominent (either just seem like more, because the estrogen and progesterone aren't muting it) or actually increase.

I've had testosterone tests(during checks for other hormones from my GYN) and my T Levels are middle to middle high level for women. I don't LOOK any different than any other woman, I am pretty femmie looking, even with a mid to medium high T level. I have a lot of body hair, but the way I look isn't at all masculine. One has to have a LOT of Testosterone to change appearances, and that usually happens when someone takes a lot of Testosterone during a reassignment procedure. But, a lot of women have varying hormone levels, and it doesn't play with their outward appearance at all. Women with slightly higher T levels DO tend to have higher sex drives, which is GOOD, also having more sex will naturally increase a woman or a man's T levels, which is also GOOD!

Although our levels are usually much lower than a man's, without Testosterone women wouldn't have ANY sex drive and orgasm might be very difficult.

I love being a woman but I LOVE the Testosterone my body makes.
10/25/2010
P'Gell P'Gell
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Originally posted by J's Alley
We do all have it, but in varying amounts. I also have PCOS, *but* I produce next to NO testosterone...or progesterone, or estrogen. Then it spikes.

I get what was meant by women who "look" like the have it, I am very sure no harm ...
Right. The Cysts produced on the ovaries by PCOS can cause spikes or drops in several different hormones, in fact PCOS has so many different features, medicine is thinking of classifying it in at least 3 or 4 different ways.

I've seen women with T levels so high they can't make milk for their babies, without the T being ameliorated with other drugs (one actually used to regulate insulin) some so high they can't get pregnant. I've also seen women with PCOS who have so little T that they need injections or pills or patches just to feel healthy. Some women have so much progesterone they can't make milk and some have so much estrogen they don't ovulate. It's a very difficult to deal with condition, and seems to be more common than ever before. That, or we are just better at diagnosing it.

One thing for sure, PCOS wreaks havoc on a woman's body.
10/25/2010
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