Here’s When Women Should Take “Male” Hormones (Thyroid?)
There is a time and a place for women to take “male” hormones.
And before you think I’m trying to be controversial and cause a stir, I’m not at all trying to sow seeds of division.
Here’s the thing about the treatment I’m about to recommend; most people believe this is a male-only treatment because they don’t understand how the human body works.
In this article I’m going to show you when it’s appropriate, and more than appropriate, it’s recommended for women to take testosterone.
You read correctly, women ought to take testosterone in certain circumstances.
In addition to showing you when women should be taking testosterone, I’ll give you the 3 different options women can turn to for restoring testosterone levels.
I’ll be forthright by telling you not every woman needs to take testosterone.
In fact, most don’t.
However, there are circumstances in which a woman might want to take a “man’s” hormone and when she does it’s likely she’ll feel much better as a result.
Here’s When Women Ought to Take Testosterone (Thyroids and Age?)
Perhaps the biggest misconception about testosterone is that women don’t have testosterone in their bodies.
This belief likely stems form the fact that men typically have 10x more of this sex hormone coursing through their bodies.
And yet, women need it far more than they may imagine.
Consider this, in her reproductive years, the average woman will have 7-10x more testosterone in her body than she will estrogen. Meanwhile the majority of people only associate estrogen with women’s health.
The truth is testosterone is essential for women’s health.
It’s essential for energy levels, mental acuity, reproduction, muscle development, fat-burning and more.
This is why women who suffer from symptoms such as low libido, fatigue, hot flashes, brain fog and unexplained weight gain might actually benefit from testosterone therapy.
Now you’re likely wondering why a woman might become deficient in testosterone.
In some cases the removal of a woman’s ovaries (hysterectomy) can disrupt testosterone production.
But the numbers of women who have had a hysterectomy are quite low, and wouldn’t explain why so many women are seeking testosterone therapy.
From what I’ve seen, the biggest reason for needing testosterone therapy comes from the entrance into the various phases of menopause. As a woman enters menopause (perimenopause) is in the throes of menopause, or in postmenipause, her estrogen levels will begin to fall. The effect of falling estrogen levels isn’t restricted to that hormone only… and the low levels can create other hormone imbalances.
According to US Pharmacist, the aging process significantly limits free testosterone levels.
They write: “Testosterone is important for women since it is a major precursor of estradiol production. In premenopausal women, circulating testosterone levels are approximately 10-fold greater than estradiol levels. The normal range for testosterone in women is 15 to 70 ng/dL, and by the time women reach their 40s, their blood testosterone levels are approximately one-half less than in their 20s.”
In addition to age, hyperthyroidism as well as excessive thyroid medication, may cause testosterone levels to fall. The imbalance in thyroid hormones can cause misalignment in T levels.
And perhaps one of the most common reasons for low testosterone is related to chronic illness. Not all chronic illnesses will cause testosterone levels to dip, but depression, anorexia, cancer, and more can all have negative effects on a woman’s testosterone levels.
Of course, the best way to tell if testosterone levels are low, is to take a blood test. As you read above, levels should be between 15 and 70 ng/dl (depending on age) and if your levels are lower than they should be for your age, then testosterone treatments may be an important step to restabilizing your health.
Here Are Your Options For Testosterone Treatment
Like most anything, if you’re aware you have low testosterone (and this applies to men and women), there are several options available when it comes to correcting those low levels.
- Topical creams
Each has its own benefits as well as downsides.
When it comes to the easiest to use, the least invasive, and the most affordable, creams are the way to go. Creams have been popular for years, and for good reason. They’re easy to apply and don’t require any other steps to work.
The downside to them is they’re the least effective.
Testosterone creams have to transfer through your skin and into muscle tissue before they make it into your blood, and this mechanism isn’t the most effective. This is especially true when you have to wear clothing over the cream, as the clothing material can wipe away the cream, robbing you of testosterone.
The next form of therapy are injections.
Now if you don’t like needles, there’s naturally going to be resistance to this format. Advances in delivery technology make it so injections aren’t painful (we use 27 gauge, ½ inch needles which are virtually undetectable).
While injections get testosterone right into the blood, the downside to them is in some cases you have to come into an office to get the injection done, and the injections don’t have a great history of keeping levels even.
That doesn’t bode well for someone trying to correct an imbalance and who wants dependable testosterone levels.
The last option, is likely the best fit for most people.
The downside is it’s a bit pricier (but not unreasonably so).
Option #3 are testosterone pellets. These “pellets” are actually concentrated doses of testosterone that are inserted into the skin. This process is minimally invasive, virtually painless, and the most effective by far.
Testosterone pellets deliver a steady dose of testosterone that help to reverse deficiencies. They’re also one of the best ones for helping to avoid some of the few side effects of testosterone therapy (which I’ll talk about in just a second).
Another advantage to pellets is you only need to get one pellet every 4 months, which makes it the easiest “set it and forget it” therapy we offer.
Are There Side Effects?
Chances are as you read over this article on women getting testosterone therapy you probably wondered about side effects.
If you’ve heard of testosterone therapy for women before, (and even if you haven’t), you’re probably worried about side effects.
The bad news is that there can be side effects with this therapy.
The good news? These are easily overcome when you’re given testosterone treatments by a professional.
The most prominent side effects for testosterone therapy for women are an increase in body hair and oily skin that leads to the development of acne.
Not necessarily a good thing, right?
Thankfully when you work with a professional all that is required to reverse these side effects is to lower the dosage. That’s it.
Some women believe, incorrectly, that testosterone therapy will produce “masculinizing” traits, like hoarseness and aggression. That’s simply not true.
Nor does it increase the risk of breast cancer as some people contend. The opposite is true as clinical studies show testosterone might actually help to prevent the disease.
Are You Interested In Testosterone Therapy?
If you’re interested in this therapy, whether male or female, we can certainly help you on your quest to using it to feel better.
Depending on what stage you’re at (diagnosed deficiency, or just want to get testing done) all you have to do is call the office to set up an appointment (first time patients) or login to your online portal and set up an appointment there.
Thousands of women, (and even more men) attribute testosterone therapy to dramatic improvements in their health and well being. Your choice to set up an appointment could put you on that path too!