When we think of testosterone, we usually think about men, but women also produce varying amounts of the hormone as well. Everyone is different, but you might start exhibiting some noticeable signs that your body is producing more testosterone than average. Your sex hormones can affect everything from how you feel to what you look like.
"Any time one experiences hormonal changes or fluctuations, there may be certain physical signs that manifest as a result," says Nesochi Okeke-Igbokwe, M.D., M.S. over email. "In general, if the body produces excess testosterone, then one may potentially exhibit more masculine physical traits such as increased facial hair or even a deeper voice."
Some testosterone is necessary, because along with estrogen, it plays a role in your sex drive in desire, says women's health expert Sherry Ross, MD, OB/GYN over email. It also impacts muscle strength and function, lean body mass, energy, and bone strength, generally in a positive way.
There's nothing inherently wrong or dangerous about producing more testosterone than average; hormone levels are meant to vary from person to person. But if you suddenly and unexpectedly start to experience any of the physical changes below, you may wish to see a doctor to evaluate for any possible hormonal imbalances.