Testosterone, touted as the “manly” hormone, is the most powerful androgen. Androgens are a group of steroid hormones whose name fittingly is derived from the Greek word for “man-maker.”
The Role of Testosterone
Testosterone is well-known for its role in muscle growth, male pattern hair growth, and plays a role in erection and sexual performance. It is also necessary for maintaining optimal bone density, a healthy pain response, regular sleep patterns, optimal energy levels, and red blood cell production. While the effects testosterone has on male behavior are not completely understood, it plays a role in energy levels, aggressiveness, and is necessary for sex drive.