Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)

Oftentimes, women experiencing irregular or no periods, low libido, fertility problems, or the appearance of masculine features undergo testosterone tests to detect the presence of either a surplus or deficit of testosterone.

Testosterone levels can also fluctuate because of more serious conditions such as ovarian or adrenal tumors or polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).

The following table shows the standard test ranges of hormones in women at different stages of their life. It's worth noting that both pregnancy and contraceptives (not reflected in the table below) can cause normal hormone levels to change dramatically.

Ranges of Testosterone Levels in Women

Total testosterone - morning sample (nanograms per deciliter or nano-moles per liter)
6 - 86 ng/dl ( 0.21 - 2.98 nmol/L)

Free testosterone - morning sample (picrograms per milliliter or pico-moles per liter)
20 - 40yr
0.6 - 3.1 pg/ml ( 20.8 - 107.5 pmol/L)
41 - 60yr
0.4 - 2.5 pg/ml ( 13.9 - 86.7 pmol/L)

From the chart above, it is possible to see how testosterone levels are affected according to age. As women age, testosterone levels decrease, as well as the levels of other hormones in the body. An effective way to measure its levels is by using blood tests.

Blood tests can identify testosterone levels in women.

Blood tests. Usually performed in the morning, they are simple tests to accurately measure testosterone levels in women. Results are generally available within 2 to 3 days.

After careful examination, and if testosterone imbalance has been recognized as the source of discomfort, women will be relieved to learn that many symptoms related to testosterone imbalance can be alleviated if the imbalance is treated directly at the source.

In conclusion, either high or low levels of testosterone will cause uncomfortable symptoms and health conditions. Continue reading to find out about different testosterone levels and what they mean.