The impact of low levels of the hormone testosterone in women is only now being considered important for overall health. Even though it is produced by men and women, the amount needed and produced by women is 1/10th of that produced by men. Women’s bodies have levels of .1 to about 9 (PMOL/liter). This amount is enough for it to stimulate the appropriate receptors and regulate optimal functioning. Check out the dosage guidelines per week.
Prescriptions of testosterone creams are available in varying strengths. To start off, women are prescribed a dose of 2.5 mg which is applied in the morning, below the waist.
Since it acts as an energizer, it is best used in the morning. It can be applied on the inner thigh for maximum effectiveness. Local application is highly recommended by doctors – blood tests have to be done 4 or 6 weeks later to see if hormone levels have stabilized.
If this dosage is not effective, doctors will then raise it to 5 mg, with a twice daily application. The dosage is adjusted, based on a person’s hormonal levels and need, to stabilize hormone levels. Check out the dosage guidelines per week.
Why testosterone is so important
Low testosterone levels affect a woman and her body in many ways. When ovulation stops, progesterone production stops as well. This affects libido, mood and even bone density. Testosterone patches help improve:
- Bone density
- Muscle tone and strength
- Boosts sense of well being
- Helps stave off hair loss
Hysterectomies and the lack of ovaries do lead to significantly lower levels of this important hormone. It also affects cortisol production in the body and this leads to low energy, brittle nails and hair, thinner bones and low sex drive. Medications for other health conditions can lead to lowered testosterone levels in the body.
Pharmaceutical companies are working hard to provide solutions in the form of pills, patches, gels and creams. Many are also working on creating bioidentical hormones, which are tailored to meet the needs of an individual patient. Combined with a nutrition, fitness, supplement and stress reduction plan, women can get their lives back on track.