Hormones in our bodies are very important as they regulate many things in both men and women. It not only affects boy’s sexual features and development, but it also plays a role in the brain, bone and muscle mass, fat distribution, the vascular system, genital tissues, energy levels, and sexual functioning. Although women have much smaller amounts of testosterone in their bodies, men usually have the highest levels of testosterone at age 40. Let’s take a deeper look at the testosterone hormone and how it plays a major role for men.
Testosterone goes hand in hand with a male’s voice getting deeper, developing facial and body hair, get bigger muscles, and produce sperm. To give you a little bit of information on this hormone, the pituitary gland in the human body controls the level of testosterone. When levels become too low, the gland releases a luteinizing hormone that tells the testicles to boost testosterone levels by making more of it. As stated earlier, levels of testosterone are at their highest in men at age 40 and then decrease as the male gets older. Throughout the day, the levels of testosterone change, as it is highest in the morning and lowest at night.
A testosterone level test can be performed on a man so that they can make sure everything is as it should be. Reasons to have this test done include infertililty (low testesterone leads to low sperm counts), sexual problems, find the cause of osteoporosis in men, irregular periods in women, or why a woman is showing male features. To have this test done, you really do not have to do anything to prepare. Your doctor simply has a blood test done, typically in the morning, since levels are at their highest at that point.
Testosterone is an important hormone in both men and women as it plays a role in development. For boys, testosterone is the reason they become men. Their voice deepens, they start showing facial and body hair, as well as the ability to gain bigger muscle. For women, testosterone is not evident (for the most part), as it is there for development of the brain, vascular system and other areas mentioned above.