Testosterone hormone is commonly considered a male hormone, not many people realize that women heavily rely on testosterone supply from their teens until menopause. Although it is the same hormone present in both men and women, it works in a different way in cooperation with other hormones. There are many myths in common knowledge regarding testosterone and a number of false assumptions.
The role of testosterone starts in pre-natal life, it’s at this time when the gender is decided mostly based on the supply of testosterone. It is produced by ovaries and adrenal gland during pregnancy.
Testosterone in men
It is regarded as a manly hormone, in fact it is what makes a man a man. It is responsible for bone and muscle development and male reproductive organs. In adult males it is mainly produced by testicles throughout male’s life. In babies it is responsible for creating ‘male brain’.
Production of testosterone in adult males is 7-8 times more than in women, hence the dominating factor. One of the reasons for lower production in females is that females are more sensitive to this hormone.
Deficiency related to aging will affect males on many levels, more severe loses lead to male menopause also known as andropause.
Testosterone in women
This hormone is as natural in women as any other female hormone, it is important for development of sex organs. It is vital during pregnancy for correct fetus development and it determines the sex of the baby.
There are many symptoms related to testosterone deficiency in women. Low levels of this hormone will affect sex life, women lose interest in sex and they lack in sensation during intercourse. Other symptoms include fatigue, mood changes, low energy, headaches. On physical side the muscle mass and strength can get reduced, bone mass can get lowered, which affects the height. Other symptoms include dry eyes, hair loss, lack of stamina.
In case of aging symptoms related to lowered levels of testosterone one effective treatment is the hormone replacement therapy. It will establish how much of the hormone it is necessary to replace. In case of women there may be other hormones which need to be replenished as well, teh doctor will calculate the dose and may prescribe a dose compounded of various hormones.
The correct dose is the key to relieving the symptoms, any overdose may create unwanted side effects. In men this can be mood related and aggressive behaviour. In women the testosterone overdose may trigger signs male appearance including voice tone change.
Correct administration of testosterone will restore energy, muscles, bone density, and sex drive in both men and women. Although hormone therapy has been used since early 20th century, latest developments in medicine will provide the best solution. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) uses hormones chemically identical to those produced in human bodies, which theoretically increases absorption rate.
BHRT is one of the latest developments in hormone medicine, many women find it life changing, so it is definitely worth considering.