Many people consider testosterone a uniquely male hormone, however women produce testosterone in small amounts in their ovaries and adrenal glands. Together with estrogen, women rely on testosterone for proper growth and maintenance of their female reproductive tissue, bone mass and overall sense of well-being.
Like men, women also experience a natural decline in testosterone as they age. Low T is often a result of menopause or problems in the ovaries or adrenal glands.
How does low T affect women?
Women with low T have a difficult time producing enough red blood cells and other reproductive hormones, which can lead to a decreased sex drive. Low testosterone can also cause one or more of the following symptoms:
- Muscle weakness
- Unexplained weight gain
- Irregular menstrual cycles
- Vaginal dryness
- Fertility issues
- Loss of bone mass
Older women may experience these symptoms as a result of other, more common conditions like thyroid problems, anemia or vitamin D deficiency. To properly diagnose low T, a doctor needs to perform a full physical exam and discuss each of your symptoms. If he suspects low T, he’ll order a blood test to confirm. For younger women who have not yet reached menopause, their doctor will likely advise the best day for blood work as testosterone levels fluctuate throughout the menstrual cycle.
What are the treatment options for women with low T?
Low T treatments for women include:
- Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)
HRT is an effective treatment for post-menopausal women. Hormones are administered as an injection, patch, pellet or topical gel.
- DHEA Supplements
DHEA is a precursor to testosterone and may help increase the amount of testosterone in your body.
What are the benefits of HRT for women?
If you are struggling with symptoms of menopause and low T, HRT can provide the following benefits:
- Relieve hot flashes and night sweats
- Improve sleep
- Ease vaginal dryness and itching
- Make sex less painful
- Help prevent fractures caused by thinning bones (osteoporosis)
- Lower the risk for heart disease
- Lower the chances of dementia
Interested in treating symptoms of menopause and restoring hormone balance at a men’s low T center near you? Call SynergenX at 888-219-7259. We specialize in hormone replacement therapy for both men and women and will tailor treatment based on your specific needs.