Saturday, October 24, 2015

The libido hormone - why women need testosterone too!

Ladies are you lacking motivation?  No energy?  Losing muscle mass?  Skin looking saggy?  Lost that lovin' feeling?

You could be deficient in testosterone!

We think of testosterone as the "male" hormone, but women have testosterone too and it is really important!  Testosterone acts like our "inner strength".  It gives us competitive drive, motivation, assertiveness, self esteem, decisiveness and confidence.  If testosterone levels decline, we notice a change in how we feel.

Testosterone also affects everything to do with sex including interest, lubrication, and ability to become aroused.

I see testosterone deficiency in women starting at age 35-40,  long before menopause.  Sometimes this is due to use of birth control pills, or high stress levels, and often it is just due to the aging process - by age 40 our testosterone levels may be reduced by half.

Restoring testosterone can help with quality of sleep, energy, mood, strength and endurance, skin tone, muscle tone and shape, and can have marked improvements on sexual function.

Other things that can improve with testosterone restoration are PMS symptoms, menstrual migraines, aches and pain, hot flashes, incontinence, vaginal dryness, palpitations and bone density. Testosterone is very important in improving bone strength to prevent fractures.

There are even some reports that suggest testosterone may help to reduce the risk of breast cancer.

Testosterone is available as a topical cream, a sublingual troche (dissoved under the tongue) or as a pellet (which is implanted under the skin).  The pellets are by far the most popular in my practice and have the best symptomatic benefit.  They have been used in the United States since 1938 and have a long track record of safety and effectiveness.

The risks of testosterone replacement are mainly nuisance symptoms like excess hair growth or some pimples, as opposed to serious risks, and these problems go away if the dose is reduced or testosterone is discontinued.  Women who already have these problems are the most likely to experience these side effects.

Testosterone replacement can have a very large impact on a women's life, her marriage, her work performance, and overall wellbeing.  It has been very satisfying to be able to help women get back to feeling like themselves again.

If you would like more info about testosterone replacement and whether it may be right for you, please click here.

Yours in health

Deborah Matthew MD
  1. Reference:  Glaser R, York AE, Dimitrakakis C. Beneficial effects of testosterone therapy in women measured by the validated Menopause Rating Scale (MRS). Maturitas. 20011;68:355-361. 

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