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Women need testosterone, a new study reports Special

By Tim Sandle     Aug 25, 2014 in Health
Testosterone hormone replacement can be vital for women who are deficient, but too much testosterone leads to unwanted effects. A new study finds the right balance.
Usually considered a "male" hormone, testosterone has been getting more attention for the role it plays in women's health. Testosterone has been shown to be key to sexual desire and satisfaction, bone and cardiovascular health and cognitive performance.
Testosterone hormone replacement is needed for women who are deficient. However, too much testosterone leads to unwanted effects like hair growth, acne, deeper voice, liver damage and more. Dr. Margerie Gass has been involved with a new study and she has contacted Digital Journal to explain more.
A new study, released by the North American Menopause Society (NAMS), has determined the proper dose of testosterone hormone replacement cream needed to restore normal testosterone levels in women.
The key issue with the study is that doctors routinely prescribe testosterone hormone replacement for women both to improve sex drive and to mitigate the symptoms of menopause, yet the optimal dose can be difficult to determine. As Dr. Gass points out: "American women sometimes rely on custom-compounded testosterone prescriptions that may raise women's testosterone to levels higher than normal, potentially producing untoward side effects."
Dr. Gass went onto explain that the study was the first to test an testosterone replacement cream (AndroFeme) developed by Australian doctors specifically for women to determine the exact dose required to bring testosterone levels back within the normal range.
The study demonstrated that a 5mg dose of the standardized 1% cream is sufficient to bring testosterone levels in post-menopausal women back into a premenopausal range while a 10mg dose of the same formulation raises a woman's testosterone levels higher than the norm.
Whilst the results are encouraging, Dr. Gass advises women to seek professional medical advice. "Since custom-compounded formulations are not FDA approved and are not routinely checked for dose content, it is difficult to know how a given formulation will affect women's testosterone levels. Women should be cautious about what dose of testosterone they are receiving and whether they really need it" Dr. Gass advises.
The study has been published in the January 2015 edition of the journal Menopause. It is titled “Pharmacokinetics of a transdermal testosterone cream in healthy postmenopausal women.”
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