Testosterone is an androgen steroid hormone normal male sexual organs, leads to deepening of the male voice, stimulates facial and pubic hair growth, and is essential in the sexual behavior of men. Testosterone is made not only in the testes of men but also in the ovaries of women and in the adrenal glands of both men and women. It is extremely important to obtain an accurate diagnosis before trying to find a cure. Many diseases and conditions share common symptoms: if you treat yourself for the wrong illness or a specific symptom of a complex disease, you may delay legitimate treatment of a serious underlying problem. In other words, the greatest danger in self-treatment may be self-diagnosis. If you do not know what you really have, you can not treat it.
Abnormally high testosterone levels in women can lead to a variety of symptoms. Most often, women with high testosterone levels develop male pattern hair growth (hirsutism), especially on their faces and chests. More rarely and over time, some women may experience virilization, which is increased muscle mass, redistribution of body fat, enlargement of the clitoris, deepening of the voice, male pattern baldness, acne, and/or increased perspiration. It is important to note that some women develop hirsutism without having a high testosterone level.
Women normally have circulating in their blood 3 major sex hormones: estrogen, testosterone and progesterone. Each of these is produced by the ovaries. Estrogen is also made throughout the body but particularly in body fat. Testosterone can also be made in other parts of the body from hormones (DHEA and DHEAS) that are produced by the adrenal glands.
At the time of natural menopause or surgical removal of the ovaries estrogen and progesterone levels fall precipitously.
Testosterone and DHEAS levels however fall more gradually with increasing age such that a woman in her forties has on average only half of the testosterone and DHEAS circulating in her bloodstream as does a woman in her twenties. After a woman has her ovaries removed by surgery testosterone levels can fall by up to fifty percent. However testosterone does not change across menopause, although this varies somewhat between women.
Testosterone and other related hormones (DHEA and DHEAS) in the body (also known as androgens) have known physiological roles in women. Firstly, estrogen is actually made from testosterone and DHEA, and without the ability of our bodies to make testosterone we cannot make estrogen. Testosterone and DHEA appear to have direct independent effects in different parts of the body, and some women may experience a variety of physical symptoms when their blood levels fall. Such symptoms may include:
- impaired sexual interest (loss of libido or sexual desire), and lessened sexual responsiveness
- lessened wellbeing, loss of energy.
Testosterone therapy may be beneficial for some women who have had their ovaries surgically removed or in some cases who have significant symptoms in the form of loss of libido, fatigue and diminished wellbeing.
Dehydroepiandrosterone, more commonly known as “DHEA” and its sulfated form dehydropiandrosterone sulfate (DHEA-S) are endogenous steroids, having a wide variety of biological and biochemical effects. Essentially, DHEA can be called the adrenal stress, immunity and longevity hormone. hormone.
DHEA can help
- anti-aging effects
- significant improvement of performance in the aged
- regulation of lean muscle mass production
- fat “burning”
- anti-depressant effects
- increased cognition
- memory and learning
- post menopausal benefits
Many women also require testosterone in the form of creams, gels, or sublinguals in order to fully balance their hormones, restore their libido and eliminate minor depression. In order to obtain a baseline reading it is advised to do a saliva or blood test before using hormones and periodically thereafter to check levels and keep them in range. When using the testosterone creams or gels to increase libido, we always suggest application to the area behind the knee continuing down the back of the calf and up the back of the thigh. If it causes any unwanted hair growth, then this is an area that can be shaved. Lastly, the testosterone “thick” gel 2% can be used locally, with directions as follows: Apply a small amount (Lentil pea size) to the clitoris and the surrounding area about one half hour before bedtime each night. This dose form is used by thousands of women with much reported success. Sometimes it is necessary to use two of the above forms in combination therapy to achieve the desired effects.
Testosterone is now becoming available in a tube, and people are starting to wipe it on their bodies. Users claim it makes them richer, sexier and more youthful. A lot of older men say it has given them more drive in the boardroom and the bedroom. However testosterone isn’t only for men, it also appears to be an effective female aphrodisiac. Women using testosterone claim it’s a cure for falling libido, and that it increases their confidence and assertiveness. The program makers follow a fascinating young French woman using testosterone as a power drug to compete against men in the business world. The 40 year old man trying to rejuvenate his life with a testosterone skin cream carries a timely warning for others contemplating this newly available form of hormone replacement therapy. Doctors warn there are long-term serious health risks including prostate cancer for men, while acne are among the problems woman have cited. With similar treatments becoming available in Australia this well made program that will be of interest to both men and women of all ages.