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Sex Hormones and Womanly Passions

In my last post, I pointed out that testosterone fuels the reckless sexual and aggressive behavior of young men and other male vertebrates. Recent research is closing in on sex hormones (androgens as well as estrogens) playing a very similar role for women. Read More

giving up competing

So if I give up competing I am flying in the face of my biological make-up? I wondered why it was so hard to stop playing racquet sports and trying to get one up on my colleagues. I was born this way!

As a child and young woman I

As a child and young woman I was always very muscular, competitve, and sports came very naturally. I was never fat because I was all muscle. As a child I would have been considered a tomboy though truly I was just an athlete and preferred to play with the boys because they always played athletic games as opposed to the girls who sat around playing with dolls. As a young woman who was married with children, I would prefer to do yard work than clean the house. Again I think the physical nature of the job is what caused this. As my hormones changed my mental capacity dwindled drastically as well as my physical appearance. I not only became fat, but it became increasingly hard to maintain muscle mass which in the past was just there. I have asked repeatedly for testerone to be added to my hormone cocktail but doctors are reluctant to do so because they say my testerone level is "normal". Well if my testosterone level would have been checked in my 20's my guess it would have been off the charts. I believe women should have their hormones checked at age 21-25 to create a base-line for the menopausal years so that a Doctor will know the patients true hormone levels.

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Nigel Barber, Ph.D., is an evolutionary psychologist as well as the author of Why Parents Matter and The Science of Romance, among other books.

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