Testosterone is equally as important for woman as it is for men. Testosterone is one of the sex hormones that women produce, yet it is often overlooked. Woman’s levels are much lower than mens but important all the same.
Numerous studies have shown that adding testosterone to hormonal therapy can improve sexual function and general wellbeing among women during menopause. Testosterone can be important in women for bone density and muscle mass, cognitive function, mood, sexual function, and energy. Adequate levels of testosterone are important for the maintenance of musculoskeletal health and possibly vascular and brain function.
The most commonly described symptoms of low testosterone in woman include mood imbalance, unexplained fatigue, change in sexual function including reduced libido, changes in cognition, vasomotor symptoms, bone loss, and decreased muscle strength.
Reduced or lack of libido is very common in menopausal women with low testosterone.
Testosterone is prescribed as a topical cream that is applied daily. It is important to have serum testosterone levels prior to. initiating treatment and repeated every 3-6 months to check if serum levels are therapeutic.