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article imageWhy some women may need testosterone

By Tim Sandle     Jul 4, 2014 in Health
Do some women need to take testosterone and, if so, should they? One group of researchers thinks that the answer is yes, although the U.S. FDA is yet to be convinced.
Commonly considered the “manliness” hormone and associated with body hair, muscles and a deep voice, testosterone is actually key to female hormone balance. Women naturally produce testosterone in the ovaries and adrenal glands.
Researchers have noted that testosterone begins to decline as a woman enters her 30s and beyond and drops of steeply following menopause. The testosterone levels of a woman in her 40s are half those of a woman in her 20s.
Testosterone levels can be brought back up to normal levels through hormone therapy. Some of the key benefits of testosterone for women’s health include increased sex drive, bone density and breast health.
The use of such treatments is, however, controversial. There is currently no U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved testosterone product for women. However, women in the U.S. can get a doctor’s prescription for either off-label use of a male testosterone product or a custom formula made by a compounding pharmacy. The reason for the FDA’s stand relates to what it perceives as insufficient clinical trial data.
As it stands, Australia is currently the only country that has a testosterone product approved for women. This is called AndroFeme. This is a newly-developed, clinically-tested and approved product to bring testosterone levels into the normal pre-menopausal range.
The skin cream was recently the subject of a clinical trial to determine an appropriate standard dose to restore testosterone levels in post-menopausal women. The results of the trial are encouraging and this has re-opened the debate as to whether such products should be available in the U.S.
More about Testosterone, Women, Hormones, Hormone replacement therapy, AndroFeme
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