Understanding Testosterone in Women

TLC. Renton, Wa

Testosterone. It’s not just for men.

Most people have heard of testosterone, but very few are aware of the diseases resulting from the hormone’s deficiency. Reality is that testosterone deficiency is an extremely common condition affecting men and women of all adult age groups. It robs us of our strength, energy and sexuality. Low testosterone has a direct impact on our psyche and affects our personal relationships. It is a cause of, a wide range of diseases that result in illness, debility, and ultimately, death.

Testosterone has powerful anti-aging effects. It turns fat into muscle, keeps skin supple, increases bone mineral density, gives us positive mood, and boosts our ability to handle stress. Testosterone is known as the personality hormone. In healthy young women, testosterone is secreted all day long. It supports cognitive functioning and keeps the liver and blood vessels clean.

Women produce increased amounts of testosterone during puberty. Levels of testosterone peak for women in their early twenties. For women, a little bit of testosterone can go a long way in improving looks, figure, energy level, outlook on life, sex appeal and sexual fulfillment.

The decrease in sex drive through the twenties, thirties and forties is often exacerbated by oral contraceptives which suppress all sex hormone production (testosterone, estrogens and progesterone). Low testosterone levels have been associated with heart attack, Alzheimer's disease, osteoporosis, and depression. By the time a woman has reached natural menopause, she may have only half of the level of testosterone she once had.

Women suffering from low testosterone levels will experience symptoms although she won't know the symptoms are connected with low testosterone levels. Such as low sex drive, fatigue, weak orgasm, lost height, sad, moody, not enjoying life and lack of energy. Once the hormone has been balanced, anxiety and panic attacks often improve or disappear. Chronic and recurrent headaches lessen or disappear. Fibroids shrink or disappear. Menstrual cramps and excessive bleeding lessen or disappear. Vaginitis and vaginal discomforts disappear. Patients of replacement therapy begin to look younger.

The two common delivery systems for bio-identical testosterone are oral and parenteral, meaning through the skin or by injection. While oral tablets are easy to use, they may dramatically raise the testosterone level, only to have it drop a few hours later.

To determine what’s causing these symptoms for you, schedule an appointment with our physician Dr Faler. A blood test is the only sure way to determine your testosterone level. If you do have low testosterone it can be easily treated. There are several treatment options available such as gels, patches or injections that increase the amount of testosterone in your body. (email) info@tlcnw.com Good Health To You!