Testosterone for Women Booklet
Understand your condition
Assess your symptoms
Female Sexual Function Self Assessment
This test will help with the diagnosis and management of progesterone deficiency in women. It will assess your symptoms and provide you with a series of action steps to assist you in managing these.
Conditions & treatment options.
- Breast disorders (non-cancerous)
- Breast cancer
- Depression & anxiety attacks
- Dyspareunia (painful intercourse)
- Early menopause
- Endometrial hyperplasia
- Estrogen dominance
- Fibrocystic breast disease
- Hot flashes
- Low libido in women
- Menorrhagia (heavy periods)
- Night sweats
- Oophorectomy (removal of the ovaries)
- Ovarian cysts
- Polycystic ovarian syndrome
- Post partum depression
- Premenstrual syndrome
- Turner's syndrome
- Uterine fibroids
- Vaginal dryness
Treatment for Testosterone Deficiency in Women
A Short History of Testosterone Use in Women
Studies show that 30-43% of women between 18 and 59 years of age experience some degree of sexual dysfunction.
Total testosterone levels in women in their 40s are approximately 50% of those in women in their 20s.
The link between testosterone and libido in women was first established in the 1940s and 50s. And the role played by the ovaries in the production of testosterone was established in the mid-1970s. Following this discovery, links were then made between a decrease in sexual function and the removal of the ovaries. Pre and post-menopausal women who still have their ovaries can also experience the same symptoms of reduced testosterone levels.
Estrogen supplements have been common for women in the past 40 years but supplements for progesterone and testosterone have had little consideration.
Prior to 2000 medical research into testosterone supplements for women focussed on the use of implants and injections. Although effective, these methods had significant side effects due to the inability to control the levels of hormone released (initially the levels are significantly higher than ‘normal’, dropping down over time to sub-standard).
Side effects included masculization, growth of body hair, acne and voice changes.
No testosterone product is currently approved in the USA or Europe for the treatment of poor libido in women. It is common practise to prescribe male approved testosterone products in reduced doses for use by women.
Most commonly women are offered male testosterone injections in reduced doses, or they use creams, gels or troches (medicated lozenges) made by compounding pharmacies.
Long-term use of injections is not recommended as significant negative side effects (such as excessive hair growth) have been noted.
A safe treatment alternative designed especially for women
In Australia the options for women are greater.
Lawley Pharmaceuticals, Australia have developed a testosterone cream especially for women that can be applied easily and painlessly in your own home.
AndroFeme® 1% testosterone cream uses bio-identical testosterone to provide a safe, painless alternative to the male testosterone treatments currently prescribed elsewhere in the world.
Bio-Identical and Natural Hormones
The term “natural testosterone” is used to describe the hormone produced naturally within the body.
This hormone is not produced anywhere in the plant kingdom in this natural, pure form.
Many pharmaceutical companies use synthetic analogues with testosterone-like actions. These are often manufactured from soya and wild yam.
At Lawley Pharmaceuticals we do not use synthetic analogues, but instead use bio-identical testosterone in all of our testosterone creams. Bio-identical hormones have the exact same chemical fingerprint as your naturally produced hormones. As such, they are easily absorbed into the body and are capable of fulfilling the wide spectrum of demands that the body naturally makes of testosterone.
Information About Bio-Identical Hormones
AndroFeme® 1% Testosterone Cream is designed for use in women with testosterone deficiency and/or low libido.