Testosterone is a vital male hormone that is responsible for the development and maintenance of male attributes. Women also have testosterone, but in much smaller amounts. Testosterone is an important male hormone. A male begins to produce testosterone as early as seven weeks after conception. Testosterone levels rise during puberty, peak during the late teen years, and then level off. Most men have more than enough testosterone. This leads to a condition called hypogonadism.
The Effects of Testosterone on the Body
16 Effects of Testosterone on the Body
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Most men have problems with erections from time to time. But some men have erectile dysfunction, or ED. If you have ED, you may think that testosterone treatment will help. Testosterone is a male sex hormone. But unless you have other symptoms of low testosterone, you should think twice about the treatment.
Testosterone is produced by the gonads by the Leydig cells in testes in men and by the ovaries in women , although small quantities are also produced by the adrenal glands in both sexes. It is an androgen, meaning that it stimulates the development of male characteristics. Present in much greater levels in men than women, testosterone initiates the development of the male internal and external reproductive organs during foetal development and is essential for the production of sperm in adult life. This hormone also signals the body to make new blood cells, ensures that muscles and bones stay strong during and after puberty and enhances libido both in men and women. Testosterone is linked to many of the changes seen in boys during puberty including an increase in height, body and pubic hair growth, enlargement of the penis, testes and prostate gland, and changes in sexual and aggressive behaviour.