Women need small amounts of testosterone as part of the mix of hormones that keep mood, energy levels, sex drive, and bodily functions working smoothly.
As we know, our hormone levels get all messed up as we push towards mid-life. Women experience symptoms like hot flushes, night sweats, cranky pants, tiredness and low libido. Many doctors prescribe Hormone Replacement Therapy however very few check women’s testosterone levels and in some cases the HRT “lady hormones” prescribed don’t seem to help.
I was prescribed HRT but it didn’t help me at all and with it came a whole new set of horrible symptoms. The big warning on the packet “this may cause cancer” also concerned me so after a few months I threw them in the bin.
With a bit of research on my behalf, I noted that many of my symptoms coincided with low testosterone levels. I called the Testo-clinic (I have no affiliation with) who arranged for blood work to be done and sent to them.
The total testosterone test measures testosterone that is bound to proteins in the blood (e.g., albumin and sex-hormone binding globulin as well as testosterone that is not bound. Testosterone is present in the blood as “free” testosterone (1-4%) or bound testosterone (~98%). The latter may be loosely bound to albumin (38%), the main protein in the fluid portion of the blood, or bound to a specific binding protein called Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG) (60%), also called Sex Steroid Binding Globulin (SSBG). The binding between testosterone and albumin is not very strong and is easily reversed, so the term bioavailable testosterone (BAT) refers to the sum of free testosterone plus albumin-bound testosterone.
My results confirmed my testosterone levels were too low. I have been taking testosterone now for about 2 years and consider it my life saver. I use a cream that I rub in daily. All those horrid symptoms disappeared after about 1 month. I rarely get sick these days as my immune system has powered up. My head of hair is thicker, I’m no longer dragging the chain, libido has cranked up, I have more muscle strength and no more mood swings. Praise the lord says MM (my man).
We are getting quite personal now, but I wanted to share this with other women and also encourage men to get their testosterone levels check if you experience any of these symptoms.
No – I have not turned into a bloke. No excess body hair, lowering of voice or roid rage I’ve always been a
bit lot of a tom-boy but a very feminine one. Since taking Testosterone I feel my happy self again. In fact, I feel like I did before having children.
The only down side to getting testosterone is the expense. It’s not cheap, but if you calculate the amount of money spent on other ways for dealing with symptoms, it balances out.