on February 15, 2014
at 08:33 AM
I was reading an article in the UK about this a few days ago. In fact a UK lady flies to the US every year to be treated by a leading US lady doctor who helps women increase their levels although not naturally. One item mentioned was if you are over weight losing 20% of the weight, getting leaner, closer to a low but healthy BMI increases testosterone in women (by the way women do need some - it's important for feeling good, sex drive and all kinds of things) so try that first - get down to a BMI of say 19. I certainly feel sexier at under 126 pounds that when 140 pounds (my current weight). For me that 126 pounds level is the cut off - I suspect at that weight I then get more.fat (although I'm not obese or even overweight) which increases levels of some other hormone - I never remember their names.
Secondly it suggested exercise increases it and that would seem to make sense too.
I agree about sunlight - that is by far the best way to get extra vit D. In the summer after lunch (I work at home most days) I go and lie in my garden with just about nothing on for 20 minutes without sunscreen. It is not possible for half the year in the Uk though as the sun is not hot enough. I eat salmon once a week and often sardines but I really don't think food gets you Vit D in the same way sunshine on bare skin without sunscreen does.
I suppose if you get weight down to a 19 BMI, exercise a lot and lie around outside in the sun almost naked that probably in itself makes you feel sexier - so it's win win all round. I will just have to put it into practice myself now!
Actually I've never had my levels tested but I've often thought one reason I'm happy and am quite successful as a lawyer and work hard and love life (and sex) is because I probably have higher levels of testosterone than most women and that I am very lucky that that is so. like beating others, winning, am ambitious, like money and power and success. It's huge fun.
on February 13, 2014
at 10:50 PM
It is normal for progesterone to be low in postmenopausal women (I assume this is your case given that you are 44) see here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Progesterone#Levels. Furthermore, low testosterone is not a bad thing if you're a woman, this is primarily a concern for men, but even then it is also a perfectly normal effect of aging (trying to raise it through medication may have unwanted adverse effects including stroke, heart attack, certain cancers, etc). And finally your vitamin D deficiency can be easily corrected by getting sunlight and eating more fish like salmon, herring, sardines, etc.