7 Things to Know About Testosterone

More Than a Male Sex Hormone

Testosterone is usually thought of as a male sex hormone, but it's much more than that. It plays a role in many parts of the body, including the bones, blood, muscles and brain. And women make it, too, although in smaller quantities than men. How might this versatile hormone be affecting your health?

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