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Two Ways Testosterone Therapy Can Benefit Women

by Caitlin Obara

Most people think testosterone therapy is only for men, because this hormone is more prevalent in males and necessary for their growth and development. However, women may also gain some benefits from undergoing this hormone treatment. Here are two health issues testosterone therapy may be helpful in remedying.

Improve Sex Drive

Sexual dysfunction affects 43 percent of women, and low libido is one of the most common issues they struggle with. There are many causes of low sex drive, including age, excess weight, diseases, disorders, and certain types of medication. Generally, it's because some of these factors result in lower testosterone levels, a hormone that's responsible for sexual desire. Therefore, by increasing the amount of testosterone in the body, there is generally an increase in libido.

A study published in The New England Journal of Medicine and involving 814 women demonstrated the positive effect testosterone can have on the libido. By the end of 4 weeks, women who had been given 300mg of testosterone experienced more sexual episodes (average of 2.1) than those who were in the control group (average of 0.7).

Be aware, though, that there were some side effects. Women in the test group did develop some unwanted hair, but that is a common side effect of increased testosterone levels in general.

Provide Menopause Relief

Another way testosterone therapy can help women is it may alleviate symptoms of menopause. When a woman enters menopause, she typically experiences a drop in some hormone levels, including testosterone. Not only can this lead to sexual dysfunction, but it can cause other problems as well, such as chronic fatigue, weight gain, and bone and muscle loss.

Researchers have performed tests on menopausal women that involved increasing their testosterone levels, and so far it appears this hormone can help increase energy levels and reduce the incidence of hot flashes, mood issues, and sleep problems. Additionally, since testosterone contributes to bone growth, taking this hormone may help protect against bone disorders, such as osteoporosis.

As noted previously, testosterone may cause some unpleasant side effects, such as hair growth, increased aggression, and fluid retention. Therefore, it's important you discuss the pros and cons of using testosterone treatment with your healthcare provider who can help you determine if it will work with your particular health profile.

For more information about testosterone therapy or to get started with a regimen, contact your health care provider for assistance.