Many people believe that men have testosterone while women have estrogen but the truth is, everyone has both estrogen and progesterone. It is just that men produce more testosterone while women produce more estrogen.
Testosterone which is often called a male sex hormone is also produced in a woman’s ovaries, adrenal glands, and skin. In men, testosterone is mainly produced in the testes. Testosterone, a sex hormone, is a steroid hormone that is derived from cholesterol like all the other sex hormones. It is a member of the group of hormones called androgens.
Testosterone is an important female hormone. It works in combination with estrogen to help with growth, reproduction, behavior, and maintenance of a healthy body. It plays a crucial role in women’s sex drive. It is also essential for the development and strength of bones and muscles, and it increases a woman’s energy level.
Low Testosterone in Women
As a woman grows older, the level of testosterone in her declines naturally; however, the decrease in the level of testosterone becomes profound when she attains menopause or undergoes surgery in which her ovaries are removed. Signs of low testosterone include:
- Reduced Libido
- Loss of bone density
- Loss of muscle mass
If a woman has the signs and symptoms of a low level of testosterone, then the physician will do further examinations to know the definitive cause and make a diagnosis.
Testosterone Therapy in Women
Testosterone replacement therapy for women might be appropriate for a woman who has been diagnosed to have a low level of testosterone. Contact Elevate Miami to learn more about our services: 305-359-5569.
Some of the most common benefits of androgen replacement in women include the following:
- Testosterone therapy helps to increase sex drive in women.
- It Increases a woman’s level of energy.
- It improves their bone density and prevents bone loss.
- It increases muscle mass and aids fat reduction.
- Testosterone therapy improves mood and concentration.
Testosterone therapy comes in various forms such as:
The testosterone gel or cream is rubbed on clean and dry skin, preferably the lower abdomen or upper thighs. After application, the cream is allowed to dry before dressing. The area should not be washed until 2-3 hours after application. Skin contact with anyone should be avoided until the area is dry and hands should be washed immediately.
Is testosterone replacement therapy safe for women?
The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has not approved the use of testosterone preparations in women so when it is prescribed it is for off-label use. Therefore, testosterone therapy is best done under the supervision of a highly trained physician. This is because testosterone therapy in women has side effects like:
- Male pattern hair loss
- Excess facial and body hair
- Acne and oily skin
- Deepening voice
These side effects are highly variable and depend on factors like the level of sensitivity of a woman to testosterone, the method of administration, or the dose that is given. Once any of the side effects below are noticed, testosterone dosage should be reduced or the therapy stopped.
Also, testosterone therapy should be avoided or used with caution in women who;
- Are pregnant
- Have a history of breast cancer
- Have acute liver disease
- With normal testosterone levels
It is also important to note that apart from testosterone replacement therapy for women, there are lifestyle changes that can help to alleviate symptoms of low testosterone. They include sex therapy, stress management, adequate sleep, a balanced diet, etc. Contact Elevate Miami to learn more about our services: 305-359-5569.