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Testosterone Tales: Finding Your Swagger!

Hack Your Hormones

Testosterone Tales: Finding Your Swagger!

Aaaah, testosterone. The bolshy androgen that is allegedly responsible for making the men folk believe a Friday night on the lash isn’t a good night unless it ends in a fight.  Grrrr…pass the beer and get back to the kitchen, woman! 

Whilst testosterone may play a role in male competitive and dominant behaviours, it really is a misunderstood hormone and the latter analogy is an extreme one. In fact, it isn’t testosterone that makes anyone behave like this and if it was, we’d all be living in absolute anarchy; the lid that women manage to keep tightly screwed on would come flying off and we’d all be tearing each other’s hair out if this was the case.  Why? Because the life of a woman can be a big one and testosterone isn’t just for men, women have it and depend on it too.    

Testosterone Yin and Yang

Whilst women have lower testosterone levels compared to men, this hormone is essential for various bodily functions, including maintaining bone density, muscle mass, energy and libido (ever wondered why your husband never has a headache, doesn’t have to wash his hair or wait for his birthday, but you do?) It might be that you are just genuinely tired, I mean why wouldn’t you be, but it could be that low levels of testosterone make you want to run for the hills when your partner grabs you by the waist and pokes you in the back as you're unstacking the dishwasher! I mean, we all know that this is only going to make you want to stab them in the face! However, if you’re also experiencing mood swings, irritability or depression; if you find yourself with abnormally lower levels of energy, stamina and are developing the meno belly; brain fog or a loss in muscle strength or bone density, or you struggle to assert yourself, it may be that your partner’s usual way of seduction is not the only thing to blame, and in fact, you have depleted levels of testosterone. I would have a word though!

There are several factors that can contribute to low testosterone levels in women: age, medical conditions and lifestyle factors.  

As we near menopause testosterone levels can decline significantly and after, they can crash hard.  This is because testosterone levels peak around ovulation; you know, that one day in the month when an “early night” seems like a good idea! When our bodies stop releasing eggs, our testosterone stores deplete, and the only thing you want in you is a cup of tea and a biscuit. 

The Adrenals

Now it’s not all dry doom and gloom. The adrenal glands also produce small amounts of testosterone which becomes significant and something you should be aware of after menopause, when ovarian testosterone production declines. Fatigue; weight loss or weight gain; muscle weakness; low blood pressure; salt cravings; low blood sugar; nausea and diarrhoea; darkening of the skin, especially in folds; loss of body hair and changes in mood can all be symptoms of your adrenal glands struggling to work optimally, and therefore struggling to secrete that much need testosterone. 

A close-up of a person's abdomen shows hands gently pinching loose, wrinkled skin around the navel area.

Weight Gain

You may find, as you age and the dreaded peri is kicking in, that your once flat tum is looking a tad more rotund. You may not have changed anything, you may have continued to eat well and exercise, but it’s there anyway - it’s creeping on regardless of all your good habits and behaviours. Oh the humanity! This could be because testosterone plays a role in metabolism, including fat distribution and insulin sensitivity. Therefore, low levels of testosterone can contribute to increased fat accumulation, particularly around your middle, aka, the meno belly.  

Pre-Existing Medical Conditions

Certain medical conditions or treatments (such as polycystic ovary syndrome or chemotherapy) can mess with testosterone levels so if you’re experiencing any of the aforementioned symptoms, it might be worth catching up with your doctor and laying it all out on the table.  Sometimes, talking to your doctor can feel like you’re talking to a brick wall.  You are at their mercy and seek a finite diagnosis or miracle cure from their well educated box of tricks, but it doesn’t have to be this way. More often than not, they will begin the consultation with “what do you think is going on?”  Be under no illusion,  they have been trained to begin this way in order to speed through and get you on your way as quickly as possible, so we would urge you to take advantage!  Go in with notes that provide you with a diary of your symptoms, ask them for certain investigations and don’t let them fob you off!  For help in talking to your doctor, check out our ‘How To’ guides - here you will find helpful information about what you should be asking for. 

You may also be experiencing symptoms of low testosterone if your diet has taken a hit, you’re struggling to find the motivation to move, sleep is evading you or you’re experiencing high levels of stress.  Unfortunately, the likelihood is, these symptoms are probably all too familiar if you are knocking on the door of menopause or as you keep trudging through womanhood, but this is just more of a reason to take control and start replenishing that va va voom.  Luckily, we have a store cupboard full of helpful supplements and powders that can help you do exactly this, but if you’re just starting out, check out our non negotiable hero products to get you on your WillPowders Way!  

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We believe, regardless of what your life looks like, that everyone should supplement with a quality bovine collagen supplement.  Check out our blog series  and education page for more information about why, and our ‘How To’ guide  to get you on your collagen way. 

To replenish those energy stores, crush those cravings and support unwanted weight gain, check out our MCT product range, which includes Keto Creamer and MCT Oil.  MCT Keto creamer is the ideal ingredient to make a WillPowders Coffee whilst MCT Oil can be used on its own or in a range of recipes. Both will crush cravings, keep you away from insulin spiking and gut destroying snacks and provide your body with cellular energy.  For more information, check out our blogs and MCT Oil and MCT Keto Creamer education pages, as well as our ‘How To’ guides for MCT Oil and MCT Keto Creamer  

Testosterone Support Supplement

Introducing Testosterone Support

Whilst collagen and MCTs could support massively in replenishing energy stores, gut health and steer off that pesky weight gain, we have also developed a specific precursor supplement which may just be the natural answer to your testosterone woes. Ensuring that testosterone levels remain optimal is so important for women, given that ideal testosterone levels are associated with better cardiovascular health, including improved lipid profiles and vascular function.

Magic Ingredients

Our Testosterone Support includes a whole host of ingredients that may support your natural regulation and synthesis of testosterone, giving you a much needed boost and quashing symptoms related to low levels. Here they are…

  • Beta Ecdysterone is known for its anabolic properties, which may support muscle growth and strength
  • Cyanotis Arachnoidea contains ecdysteroids that may help regulate hormone levels
  • Zinc, essential for hormone production and overall immune function
  • Tribulus Terrestris Saponins which is believed to enhance libido and support hormone balance
  • Muira Puama which is traditionally used to improve sexual function and mood
  • Maca which is known for its adaptogenic properties and potential to support hormone balance
  • Boron may help maintain healthy testosterone levels 
  • Pregnenolone which is a precursor to various hormones, including testosterone.
Oestrogen Boost Supplement

Hormonal Balance

Now, in order to have optimal levels of testosterone, it needs to be balanced with the hormones oestrogen and progesterone so we would always suggest you have your levels checked in order to find that sweet spot.  For declining levels of oestrogen and progesterone, which unfortunately is our fate as we age, check out Oestrogen Boost and Progesterone Support, just two more supplements brought to you by WillPowders and sourced from nature for hormonal harmony. 

Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus...

Ultimately, while testosterone plays a different role in women compared to men, it is nevertheless essential for maintaining various aspects of your health.  Understanding its functions and ensuring appropriate levels are crucial for overall well-being throughout a woman’s life and giving it a little top up might just make you feel reborn.  

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