Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is a growing field with our aging population. Most women are familiar with the hormones that they produce in quantity during the premenopausal years, estrogen and progesterone. When women reach post-menopause, many seek out medical help to replace these hormones either with pills or creams. The male hormone, testosterone, is often overlooked, and most women don’t realize that they did produce natural testosterone during their pre-menopause years, and its production is markedly reduced during post-menopause.
Testosterone is vital in the preservation of bone, for its positive effect on libido and maintenance of energy levels. Reduced libido, unexplained fatigue, depression, and emotional mood changes are typical symptoms of testosterone deficiency in women. Supplementing small amounts of testosterone in women experiencing these symptoms results in increased energy, libido and sexual response. There has been increasing interest and use of low dose testosterone over the past decade in women.
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