Both male and female bodies manufacture testosterone, a male hormone responsible for bone strength, muscle development and maintenance and libido, among other things. In men, too much testosterone is rarely a problem, but in women, too much testosterone can result in irregular menstruation, unwanted facial and body hair and the development of male sex characteristics. Doctors often prescribe medication to help control testosterone, but if you prefer a more natural solution, diet and lifestyle changes may influence the hormone in mild cases.
Make an appointment with your doctor to be tested for polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS, which is the most common cause of high testosterone levels in women, according to Robert H. Shmerling in an article on the Aetna InteliHealth website. PCOS is a serious condition affecting 6 to 10 percent of pre-menopausal women.
Eliminate processed and refined foods from your diet to maintain a healthy weight. Losing weight may lower male hormones in the body, according to University of Maryland Medical Center. These include white bread, pasta and sugar, conventional and pre-packaged foods and fast foods. Complement a healthy balanced diet with regular exercise.
Increase your intake of antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables to lower levels of male hormones in the body, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Berries, tomatoes, squash and bell peppers are all rich in antioxidants.
Use healthy oils for cooking such as coconut and olive oil, and avoid trans-fatty acids, such as those found in conventional and pre-packaged foods and fast food. Trans-fatty acids may encourage increased levels of testosterone, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.