Monitored hormone supplementation helps some feel younger again
Everyone wants to feel fantastic all of the time! But as we age, our bodies sometimes work against us. The natural decrease in hormone levels, like testosterone, can lead to some distressing symptoms. Boosting testosterone is not for men only. Some women benefit from restoring this hormone level to normal.
Female patients often ask Obgyn providers about testosterone therapy. People struggling with fatigue, weight challenges, anxiety, sleep problems, and low sex drive discover by searching the Google Machine that testosterone supplementation may be a potential tool to help improve their lives.
Testosterone supplementation can help women with low testosterone levels to improve their energy levels, lose weight, and increase their libido. Getting testosterone levels back to normal may also improve their cognitive function, reduce brain fog and improve mental clarity.
What is Testosterone?
Testosterone, a hormone primarily produced in men’s testicles and women’s ovaries, is crucial in maintaining bone density, muscle mass, and sex drive. Testosterone levels naturally fall as we age. During the Perimenopause and menopause years, symptoms of low testosterone arise, causing distressing or problematic symptoms.
Benefits of testosterone supplementation
- Increased sexual desire: Testosterone plays a vital role in women’s sexual health, and low levels of this hormone can cause a decrease in libido. Testosterone supplementation can increase sexual desire and improve sexual function in women.
- Improved bone density: Testosterone helps maintain bone density, and low levels of this hormone can lead to osteoporosis, a condition in which bones become weak and brittle. Testosterone supplementation can help improve bone density and reduce the risk of fractures.
- Increased muscle mass and strength: Testosterone is essential for building and maintaining muscle mass; low levels of this hormone can lead to muscle weakness and loss of muscle mass. Testosterone supplementation can increase muscle mass and strength in women.
- Improved mood and energy levels: Testosterone plays a role in regulating mood and energy levels, and low levels of this hormone can lead to fatigue, depression, and anxiety. Testosterone supplementation can help improve mood and increase energy levels in women.
- Reduced risk of cardiovascular disease: Testosterone protects against cardiovascular disease. Low levels of this hormone may increase the risk of heart disease.
How do women use testosterone?
Various forms of Testosterone supplements are available. There is not a one-size-fits-all approach, so personal preference is important.
- Injections: Testosterone can be injected directly into the muscle tissue or under the skin.
- Patches: Transdermal patches containing testosterone can be applied to the skin and worn for a specific time.
- Gels: Testosterone gel can be applied to the skin and absorbed into the bloodstream. I prefer this topical method as it gives the patient control over when she uses it, and she can stop the treatment quickly if she is not satisfied with the results.
- Pellets: Testosterone pellets can be implanted under the skin and release a steady dose of testosterone over time.
Risks of testosterone therapy
While testosterone supplementation can offer some benefits, it can pose risks if misused. Testosterone use should be prescribed and monitored by a qualified medical professional. The goal is to use the lowest dose that helps improve symptoms.
Using inappropriate or too high a dose can cause side effects, such as acne, hair loss, and increased body hair growth. Overtreatment can also lead to voice deepening, clitoral enlargement, and breast reduction in some women.
Testosterone supplementation can also increase the risk of developing blood clots, stroke, and heart disease, especially in women with a history of these conditions. It can also affect cholesterol levels, leading to an increase in bad cholesterol and a decrease in good cholesterol.
Pregnant or breastfeeding people should not use testosterone supplementation as it can harm the baby’s development. It is also important to note that testosterone supplementation can interact with other medications, such as blood thinners and diabetes medication, so women should always consult their healthcare provider before starting this treatment.
Testosterone supplementation can benefit women with low testosterone levels and experiencing symptoms such as low energy, weight gain, and decreased libido. However, before starting this treatment, weighing the potential risks against the benefits is essential.
Women and men should always consult their healthcare providers before starting testosterone supplementation. Regular medical monitoring is essential to address any potential side effects or complications.
Article originally published on Medium
Blog Author: Dr. Jeff Livingston