Has your appetite for sex decreased and are you feeling guilty for not being able to satisfy your husband? Well, there is no need to worry. Maybe you are in need of testosterone therapy which is known to boost the desire for sex in some women. The sex hormone testosterone is believed to supplement estrogen in its efforts to restore sexual hunger in women. But before we start discussing the possibility of testosterone therapy for you, you need to answer some questions given in the following section to find out if the therapy is the best alternative for your condition.
Testosterone is an androgen steroid hormone produced in both males and females though it is produced more in males than females. It is produced in the male and female reproductive organs and to a small extent by the adrenal gland. It is a powerful sex hormone and is responsible for sexual desire. It plays a role in development of secondary sexual characteristics. Apart from that, it is involved in maintaining healthy bone density, muscle mass and body hair.The normal levels of testosterone in a women ranges between 25-100 nanograms for every milliliter of blood.
Women Who Need Testosterone Therapy
Not all women with waning sexual desire are suited for testosterone therapy. To determine if testosterone therapy is for you, you need to consider the following factors:
- Your estrogen levels are adequate naturally or by explicit administration
- You are post menopause and are suitable for estrogen therapy
- You have had a surgery which induced menopause in you and are undergoing estrogen therapy which is being ineffective
- You are in your post menopausal phase and undergoing estrogen therapy and are not able to attribute your reduced sexual urge to any specific cause known to you
- You are postmenopausal and do not have a history of breast and/or uterine cancer
- You do not have a history of liver or cardiovascular disease
- You are not of child-bearing age as your body is supposed to produce testosterone naturally
If your answer to all the above questions is affirmative, your doctor is probably going to suggest testosterone therapy for you.
Mode of Administering Testosterone Therapy
If testosterone therapy is found apt for you, your doctor may prescribe testosterone creams, gels, lozenges, patches, and at times, pills. Pills are however, not prescribed much as they adversely affect liver toxicity and reduce HDL cholesterol (HDL cholesterol is the good cholesterol required for heart-health).
Testosterone works by revitalizing a menopausal woman. It energizes her, conserves muscle mass, restores the sensitivity of her nipples and clitoris to attain sexual arousal without much difficulty, and increases bone mass. In essence, the hormone aims to restore a menopausal woman’s sexual health. Customized prescriptions based on individual requirements are recommended rather than a generalized prescription for better effectiveness of the therapy.
Testosterone gels, patches and creams come with their own advantage of ease of administration. They are applied to areas like the upper arm, back, shoulders or abdominal area. However, they pose the danger of direct or indirect exposure to testosterone for people in contact with the user of these medications.
Patrons of Testosterone Therapy For Women
Mind therapist Dr. Susan Rako advocates testosterone therapy for rekindling the female libido for happy relationships. She has written a book, “The Hormone of Desire: The Truth About Sexuality, Menopause and Testosterone”, on the subject.
Dr. William Regelson, MD,who authored “The Superhormone Promise”, feels that Hormone Replacement Therapy is complete with the addition of testosterone which will work in co-ordination with the already included hormones, estrogen and progesterone, towards the benefit of the sexual and normal health in women. Rather he feels that a woman will be able to receive hormone replacement therapy better with the inclusion of testosterone. The findings of Dr. Barbara Sherwin further corroborate the opinion that testosterone therapy in women whose ovaries are removed does improve sexual appetite. She also found out that the duration of the therapy varied from patient to patient.
Diets Which Improve Hormone Balance in the Body
Testosterone Therapy, though being commonly practiced in the United States, is yet to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Therefore, some people opt for natural methods of restoring hormone balance such as eating foods rich in minerals like potassium and magnesium and those rich in phytoestrogens like soy products.
Fruits and vegetables like apple, alfalfa, cherries, potatoes, wheat, rice and yam are also rich sources of phytoestrogens. Phytoestrogens mimic the action of natural hormones for the benefit of the body.
Home Based Test for Hormone Levels
If you suspect that you need testosterone therapy you could go in for a home based saliva test which lets you know your hormone levels. If done with credible testing products and if the results are accurate, this information can be actually helpful to your physician who can then work on it further to arrive at concrete conclusions regarding your testosterone levels.
Side Effects of Testosterone Therapy in Women
Testosterone therapy comes with a number of side effects which can be minimized if the correct prescription is written and followed.
Hepatotoxicity (liver toxicity) and other liver problems, acne, denser growth of facial hair and baldness, clitoromegaly (clitoral enlargement), excessive growth of muscle, and regression of breasts are some of the physical and physiological side effects of testosterone therapy. Testosterone therapy is not advised for pregnant women as it is dangerous for the health of the fetus. It is also believed to increase the risk of breast cancer.
You may experience anxiety, impulsive aggression, mood swings or an unreasonable inferiority complex
Testosterone therapy adversely affects the body when taken along with drugs prescribed for some other conditions. You should make your physician aware of any blood thinning medication or anti-coagulants before undergoing testosterone therapy as externally administered testosterone interacts with these drugs to result in bleeding. Corticosteroids affect the performance of testosterone therapy. When administered with cyclosporine (an immunosuppressant), chances of damage to the liver increase.