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A 21-year-old female asked:

is it true that testosterone levels in women increase during menstruation and estrogen levels decrease?

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Dr. Seth Derman
Fertility Medicine 33 years experience
No: Estrogen and testosterone levels drop before menses. They peak near ovulation time.
Dr. Ali Saberi
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Ovulation: Testosterone levels are highest in females during ovulation, which usually is converted to estrogen ands progesterone. But this higher testosterone level causes an increase in libido.

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