At What Age Should Women Take Testosterone?
Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) has been a common treatment for men suffering from low testosterone for many years. Recently, TRT is increasingly being used to treat hormone imbalance in women. Many women believe that hormone replacement therapy is reserved only for those who have gone through menopause, however, this isn’t always the case.
Hormonal imbalance can occur for a number of reasons and can affect women at any age. Hormone levels in women naturally begin to diminish as a result of menopause and aging, but the next top causes of low testosterone are issues with the ovaries, pituitary gland, or adrenal gland. Additional factors can include illnesses like kidney disease and diabetes, as well as things like obesity, opioid use, and certain genetic conditions.
Still, being diagnosed with one of these conditions isn’t necessarily a prerequisite for having low testosterone. Women suffering from low testosterone often go undiagnosed because the general symptoms can indicate a range of other conditions. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you should consider having your hormone levels checked:
- Low or no libido
- Fatigue/lack of motivation
- Hair loss
- Weight gain
- Decrease in muscular strength and tone
- Fertility and menstrual issues
- Depression and anxiety
If it turns out that testosterone is not the issue, it is still worth a visit to the doctor as you may discover that you’ve had an underlying condition that has been going untreated. No one but a doctor will be able to determine if testosterone replacement therapy is a good option for you, but if it does turn out that low testosterone is impacting your health you will be happy to learn that treatment options have come a long way over the past decade.
Austin Urogynecology offers a form of bioidentical testosterone replacement therapy that is highly effective: SottoPelle. SottoPelle releases a steady stream of hormones into the bloodstream via small pellets that are inserted into a patient’s skin. This causes fewer side effects than what is typically seen with synthetic hormones and other forms of hormone delivery.
If you are interested in discussing testosterone replacement therapy, schedule a free consultation at Austin Urogynecology today!
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