Is testosterone only for men?


Low testosterone in women is much more common than most people realize. It’s no secret that testosterone plays an integral role in male health with libido and muscle mass. Testosterone replacement therapy can transform a man’s health, but we’ve greatly overlooked the influence of testosterone on female health.

The truth is testosterone is just as important for women as it is for men. However, few women realize that testosterone therapy could be the answer to their unexplained symptoms, like weight gain and fatigue.

Testosterone For Women’s Health
Testosterone influences female health just as much as estrogen and progesterone. The symptoms of testosterone imbalance in women are very similar to the symptoms observed in men.

• Low libido and sexual desire
• Depression
• Fatigue
• Muscle weakness
• Weight gain
• Hair loss
• Slowed collagen production
• Thinning and dry skin
• Trouble sleeping
• Menstrual cycle irregularity
• Loss of bone density
• Mood changes
• Brain fog

These symptoms are difficult to ignore. Other conditions may mimic the symptoms of low testosterone levels in women such as Hypothyroidism, iron deficiency, and depression. It’s always important to see a provider so that all potential underlying issues can be identified accurately and treated properly.

Current research shows that testosterone supplementation can drastically affect how women feel overall. Most notice increased libido, improved sleep and decreased brain fog. They also see better results when exercising because muscle mass increases and body fat decreases when testosterone is in balance. Studies also report that women see an overall change in mood and are more motivated and energized.

A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, revealed that women receiving testosterone therapy were able to lose two times more body fat and gain more muscle mass compared to women who were given a placebo.

Aside from the benefits of enhanced libido, mood, and energy, testosterone therapy for women also plays a vital role in overall health and longevity.

Most women report feeling like their old selves again after just a few weeks with increased mood and motivation. Other hormonal shifts occur in the perimenopause and menopausal stages of life such as decreased progesterone and estrogen. All hormone levels should be tested for optimal health and well-being.

Don’t take your symptoms lightly. Whether you’re chronically fatigued or unusually moody, hormone imbalance could be the issue.

Give your symptoms the attention they deserve by finding a provider who will listen to you and help you feel like yourself again.

There are just a few times when testosterone therapy isn’t the best solution, including for women who are pregnant, could become pregnant, have cancer or have other chronic conditions. Talk to your provider and see if hormone replacement is right for you.
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This sponsored content was first published in the June edition of InMaricopa magazine.