Do Women need Testosterone?
The symptoms women experience from low levels of testosterone are loss of sex drive, dry and thin skin, lower self esteem, lower self confidence, inflammation of the vagina, increased body weight and belly fat. The only side effects we have ever seen is some hair loss. The good news the hair appears to grow back after this process with better thickness. Women who use testosterone often state that they feel more alive and active. Many doctors ignore testosterone for their female patients. If a woman complains of lack of energy, lack of sex drive, or weight gain especially of the belly, many doctors just dismiss these complaints as a result of aging and do not concern themselves with these symptoms. Postmenopausal females nearly always benefit from small doses of testosterone. This can be applied to the inner thighs or arms. Just as in hormone therapy for men, the dose must be individualized for each person. The goal is to reproduce the hormone levels experienced in younger years so that the effects of aging are lessened. This treatment will increase the energy level, the enjoyment of sex, and the figure of those who are taking the therapy. Muscle tone and bone mass will also increase.
Testosterone for women may be one of the greatest weight loss factors for menopausal patients. It is theorized that one reason females have difficulty losing weight compared to men is the lesser concentrations of testosterone. And when they do lose weight, they do not gain muscle mass like men do. Male hormones help mobilize fat and build muscle. But since testosterone has more side effects in women, the treatment is controversial. But how much more dangerous are these side effects than that of liposuction and dangerous diet drugs? Simple blood or saliva tests can determine if there is a testosterone deficiency. Finding natural ways of replacing these hormonal balances is essential. Just taking doses of estrogen or progesterone will no longer rectify the symptoms caused by sex hormone deficiencies.
TESTOSTERONE TRANSDERMAL CREAM
Testosterone requires a prescription. It is useful to begin at a low dose and gradually increase the amount until the proper personal response is achieved. Every person is different so each person will need to find his or her dose. For women, it is good to start with .5 mg per day – applied to the wrists, chest, neck, inner thighs or arms. Men’s doses are usually much higher ranging from 20 mg to 100 mg per day. Testosterone is a naturally occurring hormone and is basically non-toxic. However, a person can experience some discomfort if the dose is too high. The most notable signs of excess testosterone are oily skin, increased acne, and hair growth. All of these are reversed when the dose is reduced. Testosterone cream is dispensed in a syringe-like device that holds 10 ml. For women, we start between 2.5 and 5 mg in each ml. The dispensing device is marked off in 0.2ml increments. Each increment provides .5 to 1 mg. Depending on your doctor's order you may increase the daily amount by 0.1ml (0.5mg), after one to two months. There is no absolute upper amount that you can use – it is determined by your individual response and your doctor's order. Women usually find their best dose is approximately 2.5mg per day. Let us know what dosage is working best for you because we can customize a compound that provides your dose in the most convenient volume of cream – excess cream is not harmful, just messy.
For men, the cream we compound is much stronger – more concentrated. We will usually prescribe cream with 100 to 200 mg of testosterone in each ml. The amount you use is similar to what is mentioned above for women. Start with 0.2ml and adjust the amount in 0.2ml increments until you attain the response you want. Each .2 ml is equal to 20 mg for 100 mg dosages and 40 mg in 200 mg dosages. Also, let the doctor know what dose you are using and a cream will be compounded for you that provides your daily dose in the minimal volume of cream.
How to apply: Testosterone
Apply after bathing.
Cream: Areas to apply:
• Inner upper/lower arms (Hairless Areas Only)
• Inner thighs
• Where the skin is thin and can easily absorb the cream.
• TESTOSTERONE MUST NOT BE APPLIED TO AREAS WITH HAIR
The one problem with testosterone is that it will change into DHT by an enzyme in the hair follicle. Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) will turn into estrogen. We do not want this to happen. Skin should be clean and dry. Spread a thin layer on a large surface to increase absorption. Rub the cream in thoroughly (approx. 10 times back and forth). Rotate the areas for application of the cream so that individual sites don't become saturated. Cream will dry in 5 to 10 minutes and should not be washed off for approximately 2 hours. Therefore activities such as bathing, swimming, exercising (inducing sweat) can wash the medication off your skin and should be avoided for 2 hours following application.
• Women with monthly menstrual cycles should take Testosterone cream on days 1-25 of their cycle unless otherwise directed by our medical staff. (Day 1 is the beginning of your menstrual cycle and may fall on any calendar date).
• There are three protocols for women no longer menstruating and to our observance we have not seen much difference between the three, making not one of them better or worse than the other. Protocol 1: utilize the recommended dose for 25 days continuously and discontinue for 3 days. Protocol 2: utilize the recommended dose for 28 days continuously and discontinue for 3 days. Protocol 3: utilize the recommended dose daily. You will help choose the protocol that you makes more sense to you. Be sure that you correlate all the sex hormones together, Estrogen, Progesterone and Testosterone.
Schedule your appointment for a free consultation. Our doctors will go over The Mac Bioidentical Hormone Protocol with you at no charge. We encourage you to come in a meet our doctors, nurses and staff as well with our patients currently on our protocols.