Testosterone, it is Not Just for Men:
Testosterone is vital for both men and women. Women’s testosterone levels peak during youth and normally decline with age. Testosterone in women is produced by both the ovaries and adrenal glands and serves many purposes. It has a well-known role in building muscles and bones in women and is important for women facing age-related disorders such as osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease. Testosterone levels are responsible for sexual desire and “sexual appetite”. Many menopausal women lose interest in sexual activity due to diminished testosterone levels. Testosterone supplementation produces marked increase in libido in women. Testosterone replacement after menopause may help women have an increased sexual drive and response or increased sexual fantasies and sexual arousal.
It is a well-known fact that testosterone replacement will help strengthen hand muscles and bones. Medical research also notes that testosterone plays a role in cardiovascular health and may protect against heart disease and arteriosclerosis and may reduce cholesterol.
Causes of Testosterone Deficiency in Women:
Many women begin to experience symptoms after menopause as testosterone level decline. The other causes that may contribute to this in pre-menopausal women include birth control pills, endometriosis, ovarian surgery, medications, depression, chemotherapy, abusive alcohol and drugs.
It is important to measure the levels of testosterone in the blood stream even though the testosterone level itself may not be an accurate measure. Free testosterone is the amount of testosterone not bound to albumin or HSPG and is a more accurate measure of the testosterone level.
Testosterone supplementations are available usually by creams or gels and pellets. It is important to monitor the levels carefully to avoid side effects of testosterone replacement which may include hair growth or acne.