Almost everyone knows that testosterone is the man’s hormone and is responsible for his sex drive or libido. But few know that testosterone is also the hormone for women’s sex drive and libido. This blog will discuss the role of testosterone in women and what you can do if your sex drive is in the tank.
If you are a menopausal woman, chances are pretty good that your sex drive has slowed down since your “roaring twenties and thirties”.
Some of you will go so far as to say that you have no interest in sex whatsoever. There is a really good physiological reason for this decrease in interest, by the way. When women hit their forties and beyond, the ovaries start their journey toward menopause. That means that we are getting closer to the end of our ovarian production of both estrogen and testosterone. These hormones play a critical role in women’s sexual health and wellness. The decline in testosterone is a normal part of aging, but it can have a profound physical and emotional impact on some women.
Women make plenty of testosterone from their ovaries, starting at puberty and lasting a few until menopause or until the ovaries stop producing estrogen and testosterone. Testosterone has several duties, including improving our sense of well-being and energy, maintaining bone health and, of course, assisting estrogen in the pursuit of sexual health and normal functioning.
Testosterone therapy is approved by the FDA in menopausal women who have the diagnosis of hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD).
Bottom Line: Women with low sex drive might want to speak to their doctors and have their testosterone level checked. If the testosterone is low and the women complains of a decrease in her sex drive, then testosterone replacement in women is an option.