How Does Testosterone Work in Females?

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Why is Testosterone Important for Women?

Testosterone is a steroid hormone, a member of the group of hormones called androgens. It is derived from cholesterol (like all the sex hormones) and its precursor hormone is DHEA. Although it has been thought of as "the male hormone", it is also the primary sex hormone of women. Testosterone is produced by both the ovaries and the adrenal glands. The ovaries produce testosterone for many years after menopause. Therefore, women who have their ovaries removed are at significant risk for testosterone deficiency and the subsequent symptoms associated with it.

Testosterone has many functions in women. It is important for bone strength and the development as well as the maintenance of muscle mass and strength. Testosterone also contributes to the overall sense of well-being and energy. It is best known for its crucial role in women's sex drive or libido. More specifically, testosterone in women is responsible for the sensitivity of a woman's nipples and clitoris which contributes to sexual pleasure. Testosterone not only enhances the sexual mood of a woman, but the experience as well. Reduced function of the ovaries, caused by hormonal imbalance or a hysterectomy, lessens the amount of testosterone a woman produces, especially in the premenopausal woman. In terms of libido, testosterone serves to heighten the sexual response and orgasms. As a result, low testosterone levels cause a loss of libido and can contribute to hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD).

Signs and Symptoms of Abnormal Testosterone Levels in Women

Similar to other hormones, the onset of perimenopause and menopause causes a decline in the production of testosterone (by at least 50%). Again, hysterectomy with or without the removal of the ovaries will cause a significant decline in testosterone levels. High stress levels can also contribute to symptoms earlier before menopause when a woman is in her late 30s or 40s. This means less energy, brittle hair, decreased bone density and muscle mass, and a diminished sexual drive. Hysterectomy and some prescription drugs can also result in lower libido for women.

On the other hand, women could also suffer from symptoms resulting from testosterone levels being too high. Too much testosterone can lead to a deepened voice, hair loss, infertility, the development of facial and body hair, and irregular or absent menstrual cycle. There is a handful of reasons why levels of testosterone and woman could be too high for a woman, including polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), adrenal tumors, ovarian cancer or tumors, and congenital adrenal hyperplasia.

What are the Positive Effects of Boosting the Testosterone Levels in Women?

Boosting testosterone through therapy that utilizes bioidentical testosterone has the potential to provide a multitude of benefits to a woman's body. First and foremost, correcting testosterone deficiency has a direct impact on a woman's libido and sexual enjoyment. This all leads to an improvement in overall health and well-being.

Balancing testosterone levels can also improve bone density. Low testosterone can lead to osteoporosis and brittle bones, which can contribute to a host of injuries and issues. Treatments that are designed to increase testosterone may protect women against issues related to bone loss.

Correcting testosterone has an almost immediate effect on increasing lean muscle mass and reducing fat. The appropriate testosterone treatment, done carefully with the proper dosages and a doctor practitioner monitoring the ever fluid hormone levels, has the potential to help women lose weight and improve their body mass index (BMI).

Testosterone replacement therapy also offers anti-inflammatory benefits. This can help you in addressing your back and joint pain. On top of this, the anti-inflammatory effect of hormone therapy may actually lower cancer risk. Testosterone was one of the first drugs used in the treatment of breast cancer and is still indicated for this purpose.

Of course, testosterone replacement without the supervision of a highly trained physician practitioner has its own ramifications. The specialized physicianpractitioner, like those affiliated with BodylogicMD, can evaluate your hormone levels to figure out if you even require testosterone therapy. If an increased testosterone level is deemed necessary, then having this assessment of your hormone levels will allow your BodylogicMD affiliated physician practitioner to correct your testosterone deficiency with bioidentical testosterone while avoiding the ramifications of having too much testosterone.

How to Find Hormone Therapy for Women

Bioidentical hormonal therapy, including testosterone replacement therapy, can be a vital cog in improving a woman's health. Hormone therapy, as offered by BodylogicMD, begins by measuring your specific hormone levels. If low levels are found, your bio-identical hormone physician practitioner will tailor a treatment plan consisting of nutrition, supplements, stress reduction, fitness and bioidentical hormones based on your individual test results. As a result, women enjoy renewed sexual drive, more energy, greater bone density, increased muscle mass, and improved overall health and well-being.

Contact the BodylogicMD affiliated bioidentical hormonal therapy physician practitioner nearest you to schedule an appointment and learn more about how testosterone therapy provides balance for the many people who are suffering from testosterone deficiency.

Updated March 20, 2019
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