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Testosterone Replacement Therapy for Women — It’s Not Just for Men Anymore

When we mention testosterone replacement therapy for women, many people do a double-take — it’s as though we’ve said something contradictory.

Of course, estrogen and progesterone are drastically affected by age-related menopausal change, so they are most often associated with women’s hormone imbalances — rightly so, since every woman will eventually go through that physical transition and its associated hormonal fluctuation.

Also more well-known is the concept of high testosterone in proportion to a woman’s female sex hormones, but women seem surprised to find they could suffer from the opposite — low testosterone.

Women can also be taken off guard when they learn that testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) might be the key to relief from their symptoms of hormonal imbalance, since male TRT has gotten nearly all the media exposure.

The fact is that testosterone replacement therapy for women could possibly relieve a wide variety of unpleasant symptoms related to hormone imbalance.

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The Symptoms of Low T for Women

The symptoms of low testosterone that women experience are strikingly similar to those of their male counterparts — the following are just some of those symptoms:

  • Fatigue and exhaustion
  • Weight gain and difficulty losing weight
  • Decreased sex drive (libido), or a general disinterest in sex
  • Vaginal dryness causing discomfort during sex
  • Depression or low mood
  • Mood swings
  • Anxiety
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Hair loss (including thinning body hair)

What’s difficult to grasp is that most these are common symptoms of all hormone imbalances, which could leave women asking incorrect questions, such as, “Is my estrogen level already dropping?“ or “Is my testosterone too high?”

It could be the unexpected — women’s testosterone levels may actually be too low.

If you’re a woman who has had her hormone levels checked, and you were subsequently diagnosed with female low testosterone, that might leave you wondering about the possible causes — let’s address that next.

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Testosterone Replacement Therapy for Women and the Causes of Low Testosterone in Women

Though the symptoms are similar, the underlying issues leading to low testosterone in women are often different than those that cause Low T in men — the following are some of the common causes of Low T in women:

  • Age
  • Ovary removal
  • Ovary failure due to medicines or chemotherapy
  • Estrogen therapy
  • Premature cessation of menstrual periods due to stress, extreme exercise, or severe weight loss
  • Early onset menopause (before 40 years of age)
  • Adrenal or pituitary gland issues

Most of these underlying causes are related to ovarian function, and they overlap with estrogen or progesterone imbalances, so it’s no wonder the symptoms are often wrongly attributed to female sex hormones.

Whatever the cause, the resulting low testosterone imbalance can greatly reduce a woman’s quality of life — it’s hard to be happy when you’re suffering from the symptoms of low testosterone.

Testosterone Replacement Therapy for Women — Restoring Balance

While hormone replacement therapy for female sex hormones has become part of the accepted treatment for women experiencing menopause, the serious health benefits of testosterone replacement therapy for women are a relatively new realization.

It’s important to note that, just as in men, there’s more to correcting low testosterone in women than achieving some predetermined number on a lab test.

Research has shown that achieving or restoring proper hormone levels across the board is vitally important to overcoming the symptoms of hormone imbalances — estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone all must be kept in proper proportion to each other.

Here’s an easy way to explain the idea — have you ever had a bad margarita due to the ingredients being out of proportion? Too much salt, maybe, or just too much alcohol?

Have you ever had one that tasted just right because all the ingredients were balanced and blended properly?

There’s a hormone cocktail in your body — the individual ingredients (in this case estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone) have to be present in correct proportion for the final product to come out the way it should — for you to feel your best.

That’s the goal of testosterone replacement therapy — restoring your overall hormonal balance.

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Testosterone Replacement Therapy for Women — Learn More

The first step in restoring your body’s natural balance is to get a grasp on your current hormone levels through lab testing.

We can then determine what course of treatment can get you back to feeling like “you.”

Whether that treatment protocol turns out to be estrogen replacement therapy or testosterone replacement therapy, for women, the right hormone replacement therapy can be a game changer — click the button to find out more.

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(Augie) Juan Augustine Galindo Jr. MPAS, PA-C

(Augie) Juan Augustine Galindo Jr. MPAS, PA-C started his career in healthcare as a fireman/paramedic in West Texas where he served on the Midland Fire Department from 1998-2004.   He became interested in testosterone treatment after seeing how hormone replacement doctors helped those suffering from low testosterone.   After graduating from the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center Physician Assistant Program, he moved to DFW where he currently lives with his wife and three children.

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