Testosterone for Women

Testosterone is a hormone that is just about as important in women as it is in men. A woman’s daily production is 1/25th of a man’s (approx. 250mcg). Half of a woman’s testosterone is produced from DHEA and androstenedione in the fat and skin, with a fourth in the ovaries and a fourth in the adrenals. Reduction with age in women occurs earlier and at a greater rate than in men. A deficiency of testosterone can lead to depression, anxiety, joint disorders, osteoporosis, and atherosclerosis. Don’t wait to get a consultation on Hormone replacement therapy.
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Benefits of Testosterone for women:

  • Improvement in mood and assertiveness, reduction of depression and anxiety
  • Improvement in bone density, muscle size, strength, and skin sebum production
  • Enhancement of sex drive and sexual sensitivity, including orgasm
  • Maintenance of the female genital system: nipples, labia, female hair, clitoral size and sensitivity
  • Possible protection against atherosclerosis

Factors that tend to influence testosterone production or action:

  • Intense physical activity, such as long distance running, consumes up chronic testosterone
  • Intense emotional stress reduces LH in the brain, decreasing stimulation of testosterone production
  • Sugar and sweets decrease androgen production
  • High fiber diets can bind testosterone in the gut reducing its reabsorption
  • Foods high in protein or saturated fat increase testosterone production

Symptoms of Testosterone Deficiency

Puberty:

  • Horizontal hair line (no recession at sides of forehead)
  • Smooth, thin childlike face, and higher childlike voice
  • Thin, poorly developed muscles or atrophying muscles
  • Dry skin, little body hair, limited pubic hair, smaller clitoris, decreased sex drive
  • Decreased sexual sensitivity, decreased orgasms
  • Submissive, rigid, lacking initiative, anxious, avoids sports and physical activity

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Adulthood:

  • Hair recession at sides of forehead
  • Face appears older, mature adult female voice
  • Normal skin and body scent, thinning hair in normal female pattern
  • Reduced sex drive and sexual sensitivity
  • Difficulty achieving orgasm, becoming more passive, submissive
  • Nervous, irritable, ill at ease, hysterical reactions, poor concentration
  • Lack of mental firmness, undecided, loss of self-confidence, submissive
  • Depression, anxiety, fears, excessive emotions, sensitive to difficulties, low resistance to stress
  • Frequent complaints about being sick, abdominal obesity, muscle laxity
  • Hot flashes, day and night sweat outbursts (especially head and upper chest)
  • Fatigue that increases with physical activity, tires easily, little interest in exercise, lack of endurance
  • Back pain, sciatica, joint pain, dry skin, easily sunburned, vaginal itching, and painful intercourse
  • Pale, slumped, fragile appearance, often overweight, loss of height or taller than average
  • Small wrinkles at corner of eyes or above lips, dry eyes, flabby belly, cellulite, varicose veins

Contraindications to therapy include: extreme hair excess, male pattern hair loss, breast cancer, adequate levels.

Signs of Excess Testosterone: oily hair, acne, oily skin, excessive sex drive, clitoral swelling, aggressiveness, excessive muscle development, male pattern hair loss or excessive body hair.