Not Just for Men
Testosterone replacement therapy is not only for men. Low testosterone levels can have a greater impact on aging in woman as they are more sensitive to hormonal changes.
Women also have a normal level of testosterone in their bodies besides estrogen and when this level of testosterone decreases, women tend to experience unpleasant issues such as weight gain in the abdomen and unwanted areas, decrease in muscle tissue, lethargy, osteoporosis, and loss of elasticity in the skin.
For a better healthy life style, women have been searching for hormone replacement therapy as a method of slowing the aging process. Testosterone Replacement Therapy is one method that has shown success in many women by improving skin, better memory, increase of muscle tissue, better sexual function, osteoporosis, weight loss and better health overall.
Symptoms of low level of testosterone in women:
Benefits of testosterone therapy:
There is no question there are many differences between men and women, especially when it comes to our medical needs. However, men and women actually have something in common: hormones. Men need a little estrogen for their feminine sides, and women need some testosterone to level the score. Think strong, energetic and responsive – sexually responsive, that is. When the right levels of this “male” hormone are present, menopausal women can look forward to stronger bones, lean muscles, a sense of well-being and a healthy sex drive.
Is there really such a thing? Well, Testosterone is a steroid hormone found in the androgen group. It is derived from cholesterol (like all the sex hormones) and its immediate predecessor is DHEA. Even though it is thought of as “the male hormone”, testosterone also plays important role in women. Testosterone for women is produced in the ovaries and the adrenal glands. The ovaries function to help produce testosterone even after menopause. Therefore, women who have their ovaries removed are at serious risk for declined testosterone levels and the resulting symptoms associated with it.
The purpose of Testosterone in Women
Testosterone is very important to women’s health. There are many functions of testosterone in the female body: It is essential for bone strength and development of lean muscle mass and strength. Testosterone also contributes to overall sense of well-being and energy level. It is best known for its critical role is a woman’s sex drive or libido. As a matter of fact testosterone in women is responsible for the sensitivity of a woman’s nipples and clitoris associated with sexual pleasure. Testosterone not only heightens the sexual mood of a woman, but the experience as well.
Menopause and Testosterone
There are many elements that make menopause a hard transition for women, unhealthy levels of testosterone is one of the hormones responsible for triggering menopause symptoms. Similar to other hormones, the onset of perimenopause and menopause cause the decline in production of testosterone (by at least 50%) in women. Again, hysterectomy with or without removal of the ovaries will cause a more significant weakening in testosterone levels. Also, high levels of stress can turn away the precursors for testosterone hormone production in women over to cortisol production and create a further decrease. Elevated stress levels can also contribute to symptoms earlier in the perimenopause when a woman is in her late thirties or early forties. This means less energy, brittle hair, less bone and muscle strength, and a diminished sexual drive. A hysterectomy and certain prescription drugs can also result in lower levels of testosterone for women.?
The Solution is with Bio Identical Hormones from HRT Centers of America!
Natural Hormone Replacement is the solution! Bioidentical Hormone Therapy, measures the specific hormone levels; including testosterone in women. Based on your individual test results and as part of a customized natural hormone therapy, if low levels are found, your expert bio-identical hormone physician will tailor a nutrition, supplement, stress reduction and fitness plan, along with prescribing a natural testosterone for women. As a result, many women enjoy renewed sexual drive, more energy and even greater bone density.
How It Works?
Testosterone is known as a “male” hormone, or androgen. It also is made in small amounts by a woman’s adrenal glands and ovaries. A woman’s testosterone is highest around age 20 and slowly declines till it is half as high in her 40s.
Testosterone therapy raises testosterone levels in the body. But, testosterone without added estrogen is only FDA-approved for use in men. In women, it may improve sex drive, but it can cause male-type physical traits when taken in too high a dose. Many doctors are hopeful that a safe, low-dose testosterone will be available for women in the future.
Methyltestosterone probably does not work in the body and the brain like natural testosterone does. It does not directly raise a woman’s testosterone levels, and it cannot be measured in the blood like natural testosterone. But taking methyltestosterone does seem to free up some of the body’s natural testosterone. This may be why some women have more sex drive when taking a low dose of methyltestosterone.
Why It Is Used?
Methyltestosterone and testosterone treatment for women have not been well studied and are not approved by the FDA. Studies of testosterone in women have not lasted longer than 6 months. FDA experts want to know more about long-term risks before they fully approve testosterone for female use.
The company that makes Estratest markets it for moderate to severe menopausal symptoms that have not improved with estrogen alone. This hormone product is sometimes also prescribed to menopausal women for improving sexual desire and response.
Testosterone is an experimental treatment used to raise a woman’s sexual interest, arousal, and satisfaction. Women with low androgen levels who might benefit from low-dose testosterone therapy include those who:
Do not take testosterone if you:
Some experts advise against using testosterone therapy for women who have not reached menopause. If you use testosterone and could become pregnant, be sure to use highly effective birth control.
How Well It Works?
Even though, there is not strong enough evidence to support the use of testosterone for improving menopausal symptoms. In many women, testosterone may have a direct effect on sex drive and sexual response. Women taking testosterone may have more sexual thoughts, fantasies, activity, and satisfaction. There is no solid link between a woman’s high testosterone and high sex drive, nor between low sex drive and low testosterone. You can have a low testosterone level in your body and have a normal sex drive or have high testosterone and very little interest in sex.
What are the Side Effects?
In women, long-term testosterone side effects have not been studied. Experts know that:
Testosterone treatment for longer than 6 months has not been studied. Experts do not yet know whether it raises risks of breast cancer, heart disease, or dangerous blood clots. It may increase these risks, because some testosterone in the body is made into estrogen. Higher-than-normal estrogen in the body is linked to these risks.
The goal of testosterone treatment is to raise a woman’s testosterone level no higher than what is normal for a young woman. All current testosterone products are made for dosing in men. There is not yet a standard dose or blood test for women, so dosing is adjusted based on your symptoms. You are taking a dose that is too high if you have:
See Drug Reference for a full list of side effects. (Drug Reference is not available in all systems.)
Something to think about
Taking testosterone by using a skin patch, gel, or cream does not seem to affect cholesterol levels, but taking it by mouth does. This is because hormones are processed through the liver when taken by mouth, but not when they are taken through the skin. But, there are no such FDA-approved testosterone products for women at this time.
Some women go to a compounding pharmacist for “bioidentical” hormone remedies.
Many other supplements may interact with testosterone. Be sure to tell your health professional about any nonprescription medicines, supplements, or herbs you are taking.
An overdose of androgens may cause seizures, hepatitis, problems with blood clot formation, or other serious health problems. Taking DHEA and testosterone together may be dangerous. (DHEA is an androgenic dietary supplement that is derived from the wild yam. It is also called prasterone in the United States.)
Testosterone should not be taken during pregnancy because it affects a growing fetus. If you use testosterone and could become pregnant, use highly effective birth control.
Comparing to the money women spend on beauty every year, Testosterone Replacement Therapy can be a more economical way to reap the benefits of a better health and higher quality of life.
Here are Centers of America, we are committed to our patients in delivering the most complete information and custom design treatments to specific customers to achieve the best quality of life they can get. Call us today for more information.
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