Androgens are commonly called “male” hormones. The ones made by women are: testosterone, DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) and androstenedione. Testosterone is made in the ovaries and adrenal glands. As a woman ages the ovaries produce less testosterone.
In women, testosterone increases sexual interest and a sense of emotional well-being. It also can help with the following:
- It maintains muscle tone and strength.
- It maintains memory.
- It helps keep the skin from sagging.
- It decreases excess body fat.
- It helps maintain bone strength.
- It helps elevate norepinephrine in the brain acting similar to a tricyclic antidepressant.
There are two main causes of testosterone deficiency in women: menopause and childbirth. Chemotherapy can also decrease testosterone levels as can adrenal stress, endometriosis, depression, psychological trauma, birth control pills and statin drugs.
Symptoms of testosterone deficiency in women may include:
- Muscle wasting
- Weight gain
- Low self-esteem
- Decreased HDL cholesterol
- Dry and thin skin with poor elasticity
- Thinning and dry hair
- Droopy eyelids
- Sagging cheeks
- Thin lips and anxiety
About twenty percent of postmenopausal women have high testosterone levels. Symptoms of high testosterone include: Depression, fatigue, changes in memory, salt and sugar cravings, facial hair, acne, insulin resistance, hair loss, mood swings and anger to mention a few. Therefore it is very important to get a full medical assessment before undergoing testosterone or any hormone replacement therapy. The best approach is to get an advanced Anti-Aging Blood Profile and review the findings with a competent age managment physician. (Note: Our physicians are either board certified or have membership in the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine – one of the largest and most respected Anti-Aging Academies around the globe).
New research shows that in order for testosterone to work well, estradiol must also be optimized. If testosterone is given with estradiol, it lowers the cardiac risk and has a beneficial effect on arterial walls. Therefore testosterone replacement should go hand in hand with estrogen replacement to promote cardiac integrity.
Prescription, bio identical testosterone is the method of choice for hormone replacement. There are very few negative side effects (if any when monitored by a competent age management physician) because it is structurally the same molecule made in your body unlike methyl testosterone (synthetic) which may be carcinogenic to the liver.
If you have any questions or concerns about hormone replacement therapy with bio identical testosterone please feel free to contact one of our doctors. We will be happy to answer any of your questions. Contact us at: info@AntiAgeCR.com.
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