Testosterone is an androgen, or a hormone that contributes to growth and reproduction in both men and women. We hear a lot about the importance of testosterone in men, but studies also show that testosterone is just as important to women. Testosterone in females is produced in the ovaries and by the adrenal glands and helps promote bone growth, libido and mood. It also helps relieve some vasomotor symptoms and vaginal atrophy and dryness. It is also the precursor to estrogen meaning without testosterone, there would be no "woman."
Research has shown that a 40-year-old woman has approximately half the amount of circulating testosterone in her body as that of a 20-year-old, and this continues to decrease as she gets older. Addison's disease, hypopituitarism (a deficiency of hormones in the pituitary gland) and bilateral oophorectomy (the surgical removal of a woman's ovaries) can result in severe androgen (hormone) deficiency. Natural menopause may also lead to an androgen deficiency but natural aging is sill the number one cause.
Testosterone can be combined with Estrogen and Progesterone or it can be prescribed individually. If your Estrogen and Progesterone levels are normal, you will only be prescribed Testosterone for your therapy. Hormone levels can be checked with a simple blood test that is covered by most insurances. Testosterone replacement comes usually in the form of a topical cream that is administered daily. This way the dosage can be adjusted until the perfect dose is discovered for the particular patient.
Testosterone will be effective in any woman with an androgen (hormone) deficiency. Research has shown that testosterone taken in conjunction with hormone replacement therapy (estrogen, with or without progesterone) at menopause can benefit women suffering from low libido. Other studies reveal the relief of symptoms with testosterone replacement in peri-menopausal and post-menopausal women. If testosterone replacement is appropriately used in the correct dosage there are rarely any adverse side effects. Nevertheless, testosterone replacement is not suitable for all women either for medical or personal reasons. Pregnant women, those suffering with severe acne, and those with excessive body hair growth or balding should not take testosterone. Call 480-839-4131 to schedule your free Arizona Testosterone Replacement Therapy consultation today.
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