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Should there be testosterone limits in women’s sports?
Testosterone limits put pressure on women to take medication they might not otherwise wish to take.
Some sporting governing bodies allow for women with naturally high testosterone levels to participate so long as they
reduce their blood testosterone levels
by taking medication, which can include hormonal birth control.
Testosterone is important
to female metabolic, sexual, and muscular function and it is also important for women to have a healthy hormone balance. Hence artificially altering testosterone levels in women can have adverse impacts on various aspects of a woman's life.
Since sport is also the main source of income for many of these athletes there is an economic pressure to take medication to reduce their testosterone levels for fear that they would lose their livelihood.
Female athletes who choose not to lower their testosterone levels will be still
to compete against men or in an intersex category, in national events, or switching to shorter or longer distances, offering them an alternative for competitive expression.
In sports like boxing, athletes often have to do undesirable things like maintain a certain weight in order to compete at their desired level.