5 Testosterone for Women Myths Busted
Myth 1 – Only Men Need Testosterone.
Many women are surprised to learn than their bodies produce testosterone just like men. The difference being that women make about 5 to 10% of the quantity. This means that it does not have the strong masculinising effect seen in men but importantly does have significant effects on libido, sexual health, mood, and bone health.
Testosterone is produced by the ovaries and adrenal glands of women with peak production occurring around 20 years of age, there is then a steady decline until at aged 40 women will produce about half as much. The decline continues on after this point and a similar decline may also occurs in some men.
Testosterone is as important for women as oestrogen and progesterone are, it is essential for a woman’s physical and mental well being.
Myth 2 – Testosterone Replacement Therapy Will Make Me Turn into a Man!
This is not true, unfortuantely illegal ‘steroid’ use seen with body builders and some athletes perpetuates the myth that testosterone is musculinizing. When testosterone therapy is initiated under medical supervision a blood test is taken to measure the amount of testosterone in the blood. After three to four weeks of use another sample is required to ensure that the level has increased but remains in the normal, safe range for women. Doses can be easily adjusted to ensure the levels remain within the appropriate range. Testosterone replacement therapy has been used in women since 1938 and there is a body of evidence which concludes that when used appropriately testosterone is safe.
Myth 3 – Testosterone Causes Hair Loss.
It is assumed that because men have higher levels of testosterone and men are more likely to go bald that it is testosterone that causes hair loss! Hair loss is a complicated process that is poorly understood but is known to involve a combination of genetic and hormonal influences. It is actually dihydrotestosterone (DHT), not testosterone, that is thought to be involved in hair loss. On the contrary there is some evidence that testosterone replacement fro women may stimulate hair re-growth. This could be of benefit for the one third of women who experience age related hair loss and thinning.
Myth 4 – Replacing Testosterone in Women Will Only Benefit Sex Drive.
Receptors for testosterone are located all through the body including the heart, bones and brain. In 2002 many of the world’s leaders in gynaecology and women’s health came together to discuss testosterone deficiency. They concluded that as well as a decrease in libido and sexual responsiveness, testosterone deficient women may also experience the following symptoms,
- diminished sense of well-being, dysphoric mood, anxiety, irritability and/or blunted motivation
- persistent, unexplained fatigue
- potential bone loss, decreased muscle strength and/or changes in cognition and memory.
So while testosterone can improve a women’s sex drive many also see improvements in overall general mental and physical well being.
Myth 5 – There Are Only Testosterone Products Available For Men
In the past when doctors realized that testosterone replacement was required for some women only products for men were available, generally in injection or implant form. Luckily we have moved on since then and AndroFeme® has been formulated specifically for women as a 1% testosterone cream. AndroFeme® is manufactured in a TGA approved facility (Australia) and is stability and quality tested for your peace of mind.
If you would like to learn more about Testosterone for Women click on the booklet below,