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Testosterone: It’s Not Just For Men

Aug. 07, 2018

The impact of low testosterone in women

Testosterone, contrary to what you might think, is a hormone found in both men and women. Although it’s mainly associated with male sexual function, women also benefit from testosterone, especially when it comes to bone and muscle mass and red blood cell production. Testosterone levels also play a role in women’s sexual health. Here are a few signs of low testosterone in women:

Loss of libido and lowered sexual satisfaction. As with men, Low T in women can diminish sex drive.

Depression. Doctors are not certain what the exact connection is between Low T and depression, but the two often go hand-in-hand.

Lethargy and muscle weakness. Because testosterone plays a big part in muscle mass and red blood cell production, women with reduced testosterone levels often experience weakness and fatigue.

Since women require lower levels of testosterone, the treatment for Low T may not be as intensive as it is for men. Talk to your doctor, who may suggest one or a combination of the following:

Changes in diet and lifestyle. Before trying medications, your doctor may encourage you to make some lifestyle changes and diet modifications.

Supplements. Some over-the-counter supplements have been found to correlate with increased testosterone levels in women. However, before starting any supplements, it’s imperative that you speak with your doctor. 

Oral medications. Medications for Low T in women are still being researched and developed, but the outlook has improved and solutions are now on the market in the form of oral medications. 

Injections. A more traditional method for treating Low T is injections, which is another option to consider.

Low T in women may not be as common or as talked about, but it can nevertheless be a serious problem. If you think you may have Low T, make an appointment with a specialist at Urology Associates today by calling 262-446-3593.

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