Testosterone Is For Women, Too!

If you are a middle aged woman who is post menopause, you may find that your sex drive or libido has decreased to the point of no interest in sexual intimacy. It doesn’t have to be this way.

When we think of testosterone we usually think of this hormone as only existing in men. However, testosterone is also produced by the female reproductive organs.
A special menopause supplement in the March 1999 issue of the “American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology” recommends the addition of androgen (testosterone) to estrogen for all women undergoing surgical menopause. The use of androgen therapy may also be beneficial to women who experience loss of libido and other symptoms of testosterone deficiency during natural menopause.

Medical science now knows that testosterone is produced naturally by the ovaries and smaller amounts by the adrenal glands. Testosterone is an important factor in women’s health before and after menopause. Testosterone provides several benefits to women:
• improves relief of vasomotor symptoms of menopause 

• increases energy levels

• enhances of feelings of well-being

• decreases breast tenderness

• improves sexual desire

• increases sexual sensitivity

• increases the frequency of coitus

• enhances orgasm

Androgen therapy has been around since 1936, however the myths often associated with testosterone therapy in women have placed fear in many women and resulted in few women considering this therapy. Rare, but possible side effects of testosterone therapy include hoarseness or other voice changes, development of facial hair, acne, and over-sexuality. These side effects rarely occur at the low doses most often in use today; when side effects do occur relief is usually achieved by reducing the dose of testosterone.

The Symptoms of Testosterone Deficiency?
• diminished sexual pleasure

• decreased sensitivity of breast and genital tissues

• decreased orgasmic response

• decreased libido

• low energy

• depression
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, talk with your doctor. Several forms of testosterone replacement are available including oral estrogen-androgen combinations such as Estratest, injections of testosterone, topical gels containing testosterone and, recently, there is an implantable forms of testosterone, Testopel.
Bottom Line: Testosterone is not just for men. If you are a woman and suffer from a significant decrease in your sex drive or libido, check with your doctor. You may be a candidate for testosterone replacement therapy.

This blog was excerpted from an article, Menopause and Testosterone, by Tracee Cornforth.
http://womenshealth.about.com/cs/menopaus1/a/menotestosteron.htm

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One Response to “Testosterone Is For Women, Too!”

  1. Tammie Says:

    please help. I had to quit my testosterone shots due to horrible facial hair that comes back everyday, like a mans. I use the VEET cream on it and it is burning my face up. I have always had nice skin, now a have dry patches, pimples, not to mention STuble…..it is so embarrasing and of course I’m dark headed.:(
    I want to go back on it if i can get this resolved.
    I have felt soooo great. I had a complete, total hysterectomy. I had already been fighting depression, anxiety and sex was beginning to be a choir. I have fibromyalgia with arthritis in neck from 2 disk surgeries. But Testosterone was making me like my old self, getting work done at home, feeling good and refreshed. Good to my husband and not nagging. sex better. the moods have been bad for yrs and it was a major help
    I have also been loosing weight by becoming a vegatarian while taking my hormone inclucing estradial shots too.
    Thanks
    Tammie
    will this hair ever quit…..please say YES!!

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