Can Women Have Low Testosterone?
Testosterone is not normally associated with women, however it plays an important role in women’s health. You might be surprised to learn that in addition to producing estrogen, the ovaries release small quantities of testosterone into the bloodstream. Having insufficient testosterone for regular function can have a serious impact on women’s quality of life.
Testosterone is important for producing blood cells, the development and function of female genitalia, as well as muscular development and bone mass. Due to aging, menopause, and issues with the pituitary and adrenal glands, testosterone production can decrease significantly in many women by the time they reach middle age. While this decrease is natural to an extent, some women may experience significant difficulties as a result of having especially unbalanced hormone levels.
Symptoms of low testosterone in women can include: decreased sexual desire, decreased sexual satisfaction, depressed mood, low energy, and muscular weakness. Because these symptoms can indicate many different potential conditions, low testosterone often goes undiagnosed. The good news is that in recent years, effective treatments have been developed that can restore hormonal balance to women and address many of these issues.
At Austin Urogynecology, we offer a form of testosterone replacement therapy that is both natural and effective: SottoPelle. With SottoPelle, a steady stream of bioidentical hormones are released into the bloodstream by inserting small pellets into a patient’s skin (usually the hip), which means fewer of the side effects typically seen with synthetic hormones and other forms of hormone delivery.
If you think you might be suffering from hormone imbalance or low testosterone, schedule a free consultation with AUG today. Our staff can help determine the best treatment options for you based on your specific needs.
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