It might surprise you to learn that there are benefits to testosterone therapy for women – especially those in the postmenopausal stage. Bio-identical hormone therapy (BHRT) is one of our specialties here at Hybrid Medical Solution and our experts can help you learn more about how hormone therapy can boost your health and help you live a more active and healthier lifestyle. Here is what to know about androgen deficiency in women and how hormone therapy can help.
Androgens are a type of hormone that we normally know as testosterone. Sometimes called male sex hormone, testosterone can be easily misunderstood as being exclusive to male physiology. Women actually have testosterone too (albeit at much lower levels), and it plays a vital part in overall health and wellness. Androgen deficiency means that you have lower levels of testosterone than needed – in men, it can produce noticeable side effects surrounding energy levels, mood, sexual function, muscle mass, and more. In women, androgen deficiency can also produce noticeable side effects and symptoms that are less well-known.
Androgen deficiency in women – and its symptoms – has been well documented. Similarly to men, women with low testosterone levels tend to experience the following:
In postmenopausal women, these symptoms can often be mistaken as a normal part of aging or low estrogen levels. It’s only recently that greater focus has been put on testosterone therapy for women.
For postmenopausal women, androgen deficiency can cause a decline in overall health and wellness. Many women experience a significant decline in mood and mental health, leading to mood disorders like depression and problems sleeping. They may also experience lower levels of energy as well as lower muscle and bone mass, making it difficult to enjoy a healthy and active lifestyle. It’s also common for postmenopausal women with androgen deficiency to experience a sharp decline in sexual interest and motivation, as well as difficulties during sex because of reduced sexual function. In short, androgen deficiency can drastically interfere with day-to-day functioning in women.
Hormone replacement therapy is one of the best ways to restore healthy hormone levels, especially for postmenopausal women. BHRT works by replenishing hormone levels with bio-identical hormones at a calculated dosage determined by your provider. Over time, BHRT can restore and balance androgen levels and produce a drastic reduction in symptoms. There are even a variety of different treatment modalities that can fit your lifestyle needs and preferences. BHRT remains one of the safest and most effective ways to restore hormone levels and live your vibrant lifestyle again.
At Hybrid Medical Solution, we are one of the foremost providers of hormone therapy in the greater Boca Raton, FL area. To meet with our providers and learn more about how you can benefit from testosterone therapy, contact our office by calling or filling out our online form.
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