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While testosterone is often thought of as a male hormone, women also produce small amounts of testosterone needed for good health. Like estrogen and progesterone, testosterone levels in women decline significantly with age.
Do you know that women, in terms of normal blood quantity levels, have more circulating testosterone when compared to estrogen?
Throughout the female lifespan, testosterone (T) is the most abundant active steroid. T levels are significantly higher than estradiol (E2) levels.
Adapted from Ref. https://www.fertstert.org/article/S0015-0282(02)02979-5/fulltext
FACT: Testosterone is the most abundant biologically active sex-hormone steroid in women.
It is a misconception that the only role of testosterone in women is libido and sex drive. The role of Testosterone (T) in sexual function and libido is only a small part of the physiological effects of T in women.
Functional androgen receptors are located in most tissues including breast, heart, blood vessels, gastrointestinal tract, lungs, brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves, bladder, uterus, ovaries, endocrine glands, vaginal tissue, skin, bone, bone marrow, synovial tissue, muscle and fat. These androgen receptors respond to the biochemical properties of Testosterone to produce androgenic, hypertrophic, healing, protective, and regenerative effects.
What happens when a woman’s Testosterone is chronically low?
Testosterone and pro-androgens decline with age in both sexes. Pre- and postmenopausal women and aging men may experience symptoms of androgen deficiency, including:
These androgen deficiency symptoms are increasingly recognized in women treated with T therapy.
Once a testosterone imbalance is confirmed with a blood test, women can choose from a variety of options to address hormone levels. Besides lifestyle changes and natural treatments, Testosterone replacement therapy is one of the most popular. Testosterone therapy should only be prescribed to women in small doses and if blood testosterone levels are closely monitored.
Testosterone injections such as BIO-PRO® Testosterone Propionate are given intramuscularly. They are commonly used in Longevity and Rejuvenation Clinics to treat sexual dysfunction, metabolic disorders, osteoporosis, muscle wasting, low mood and energy in pre- and post-menopausal women and aging men.
Since the long-term safety of testosterone for women is unknown, anti-aging specialists closely monitor their clients to ensure hormonal balance is maintained during treatment.
What does testosterone therapy do for women?
Women with low testosterone levels may seek testosterone replacement therapy due to the negative side effects of their low T levels. To mention some of the main health advantages, balanced testosterone levels help women:
Maintains libido. In some women, testosterone therapy has been found to revive libido. It is especially effective when combined with therapy and creativity to help improve sexual health.
Keeps Bones Healthy. The proper balance of testosterone promotes and supports healthy bone growth and strength, especially in postmenopausal women.
Better pain control. According to a clinical study, women who take oral contraceptives and whose testosterone levels are out of balance with their estrogen levels may be less able to control their pain response.
Maintain cognitive health. Cognitive fatigue and decreased mental acuity may be related to decreasing hormone levels. According to research in Gynecological Endocrinology, regulating testosterone levels can help prevent cognitive exhaustion.
Healthy testosterone levels in women are crucial for maintaining sex drive, energy levels, cognitive health, and bone density, among other health benefits. When administered at the correct dose, with regular blood monitoring, and under the close supervision of a Health specialist, Testosterone administration are proven safe and effective.
Among testosterone esters, if a female is considering to use one, BIO-PRO® Testosterone Propionate is a top choice due to its fast clearance from the body. Administer intramuscularly in very low doses of about .25 ml which is equal to 25mg weekly.