Hormone Therapy for Women — Hormone Replacement Therapy and Testosterone
Hormone replacement therapy for women, often used as a treatment for menopause or as part of a comprehensive breast cancer treatment regimen, can benefit women in a variety of ways.
While it was once thought that giving hormones like estrogen and progesterone to women could be dangerous (some flawed studies seemed to indicate that hormones could increase the risk of breast cancer or heart attack), we now know that these hormones might actually help prevent the very diseases they supposedly made worse.
We’ve discussed how hormone therapy for women with breast cancer works (read our article about it here), but how does hormone therapy for women who are suffering from menopause work?
Hormone Therapy for Women Treats the Symptoms of Menopause
Hormone replacement therapy is often prescribed for women with menopause, usually to treat one or more of the following debilitating symptoms:
- Difficulty urinating
- Thinning hair
- Difficulty sleeping
- Sweating at night
- Feeling moody
- Having Irregular periods
- Experiencing hot flashes
- Difficulty concentrating
- Gaining weight
These are only some of the symptoms, but you can read a more comprehensive list from medical news today. If you’re suffering from symptoms like these as a result of menopause, hormone replacement therapy may be able to help you.
What hormone replacement therapy does is alleviate a variety of these symptoms by using two major hormones: estrogen and progesterone.
However, hormone therapy for women doesn’t always have to include just these two hormones. More and more, women are finding that adding testosterone to their hormone replacement therapy regimen can help fight their symptoms more effectively than estrogen and progesterone alone.
Hormone Therapy for Women that Includes Testosterone
Because testosterone is only indicated for men right now in the United States, women need to choose their testosterone provider carefully. Making sure that you are getting the exact dose you need is critical, and treatment options like patches or pellets may not work for you because the doses are created for men, who have a larger body weight and a higher level of natural testosterone.
Testosterone isn’t for everyone, and it’s important to check your levels before you begin any form of treatment. You may find that your testosterone levels are fine and that your estrogen and progesterone levels are what really need to be addressed.
In fact, some women don’t need to take progesterone at all (women who have had a hysterectomy for example), so it’s important to get a test to see what your hormone levels are and what hormones you need or don’t need.
If you’re ready to get your hormone levels tested, we just rolled out our $25 Low T test to get the financial barrier out of your way—read our post about how the test works here.
At TCT, we stay away from testosterone pellets (you can read more about why here), and we have found that injections are the safest and most effective way to titrate the precise amount of testosterone that fits your needs. If you’re ready to get your testosterone levels checked, contact us today for a free consultation.