Should a Woman’s Testosterone Level Matter in Sport?

August 12, 2016

(CNN) – Until recently, women with naturally high levels of testosterone — known as hyperandrogenism — were not allowed to race without undergoing medical interventions to lower their levels of the hormone if they were measured to be within the range typically associated with men. This was a prerequisite as part of the International Association of Athletics Federation’s (IAAF) Hyperandrogenism Regulation, which required athletes to prove that they derive no advantage from their relatively high testosterone levels, or else not compete.