Women & Low T: The Untold Story
When we talk female hormones, estrogen typically gets all the attention. Here’s an interesting and little known fact: A healthy woman produces roughly 10 times the amount of testosterone as she does estrogen!
Another interesting fact: The millions of women estimated to have testosterone deficiencies experience dramatic and negative impacts on all aspects of their health, from muscle building and fat loss, to general mood and well-being, to sexual desire.
In other words, testosterone isn’t just a guy thing! And clearly, understanding a woman’s hormonal balance is a complicated task. The good news: As awareness of low T in women grows, so do quality, science-based treatment options.
What’s a “normal” testosterone level for a woman, anyway?
Outside of hormone replacement therapy doctors and endocrinologists, it’s a rare doctor that looks at a woman’s testosterone levels. In fact, women’s levels are more likely to be tested when high levels of testosterone are suspected – not low levels.
A good reference point for low T in women would be a total plasma level under 25 ng / dl, in women under the age of 50. But here’s the potentially alarming part: The number of women with symptoms of low T is estimated at between 10 and 15 million. Many of these women are in their 40s and 30s.
What is causing Low T in millions of women?
It’s thought that several common medications can cause low testosterone in women. Birth control pills, anti-depressants, blood pressure meds, sleeping pills and even antibiotics have been shown to decrease testosterone in women. Of course recreational drugs such as alcohol are not a help.
Other causes of female low testosterone may include diet, especially soy products. And women who are overweight or professional exercise avoiders can also expect to experience symptoms of Low T.
So what’s the problem?
Women with signs of Low T experience many symptoms that their male counterparts suffer, including:
- Lack of focus
- Lack of energy
- Stubborn belly fat and weight gain
- Inability to add lean muscle
How to restore low T levels in women
Lifestyle: Monitoring the effect of birth control and anti-depressant style medications is a logical start, as is weight training and beginning an exercise program. Increased sexual activity and achieving a state of positive psychological well-being may help raise testosterone levels as well. Low stress and self-esteem are nature’s testosterone boosters.
Supplements: Of the seemingly infinite supplements targeted at men, most claim to work by stimulating the testes into producing testosterone. However, there is no equivalent product that can trigger the ovaries or the adrenals (the parts of a woman producing testosterone) into producing more T.
DHEA, however, is a strong supplement option for women. DHEA is a precursor to both estrogen and testosterone, and women on this supplement report increases in mental clarity and sexual performance and function. Our typical dose for a female patient is 25 mg / day.
Hormone Replacement Therapy: Beyond DHEA, numerous options exist for today’s woman who wants to increase lean body mass, think more clearly, have more energy and enjoy better sex and mental state of being.
Our female patients have great success with testosterone creams prepared per order at our compounding pharmacy. And more and more doctors and their female patients are finding success with testosterone injections – for the same reason this treatment route is so effective for men.
Testosterone injections can be administered once a week at an appropriate dose, using a long-lasting form of testosterone for blood level stability. The best course of action is to get a comprehensive, specialized panel of labs done by, and read at, a hormone replacement therapy clinic.
It’s important to remember we are talking about restoring testosterone levels to a clinical level where the woman enjoys optimum health. A medically supervised program can prevent unwanted side effects, though it’s important to note that pregnant women should avoid testosterone therapy.
Testosterone therapy is a medical treatment for a serious condition, and it’s best for the doctor and patient to decide together the full set of risks, rewards and benefits low T therapy has to offer.
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