As we are becoming more aware of the fact that hormones may have a significant impact on women’s libidos, testosterone has began to play a more important role in evaluation and treatment. Testosterone is typically thought of as a male hormone but lower levels may also be critical to a woman’s health and wellbeing. For years research has supported the fact that testosterone replacement therapy in men significantly impacts libido, bone density, energy levels and mood, so practitioners experimented with small amounts of testosterone replacement and began to see significant and sometimes dramatic outcomes.
These positive results lead to the use of testosterone therapy for low libido (or low desire) in women is becoming more common and research on post-menopausal women have shown positive results. Those of us in the field can tell you from our practical experience with thousands of patients with low libido: testosterone can and does work to raise a woman’s desire and interest in sex.
After nearly eleven years in practice here’s what we can tell you about testosterone:
This means you cannot use testosterone replacement to solve psychological or relationship issues or control other aspects of your life that seem unfulfilling. Essentially, you need to work with a practitioner who will help you to identify all the factors that are contributing to your low libido and help you work on each of them in the most appropriate and productive way.
Bear in mind is that using testosterone on women is fairly new. Drug companies and the FDA are hesitant to set up large-scale testing on women because hormone therapy is complicated and may have negative consequences. As a result, there is not a great deal of information on long term effects of using testosterone replacement, although there are no conclusive areas of concern in its use either. When mild short term side effects do surface, they are addressed with proper monitoring of typically low dosage
The good news is that if the problem really is hormonal, or even partially hormonal, we see excellent results when we use testosterone. It is a useful tool for many of our patients because, let’s face it, no amount of therapy, sweet talk or good communication will really help your libido if you’re walking around with the hormonal profile of a 10 year old. You just won’t be interested in sex.
So if you think the problem may be hormonal (and in my 10 years of practice I have come to trust women’s own instincts) you might want to consider talking to a practitioner about testosterone replacement therapy.
Contact us for more information about hormone therapy or call us to make an appointment at (914) 328-3700.