Have you been feeling a little off lately? Low testosterone in women is more common than people think. Although, many people think of testosterone being a sex hormone produced by men, women also naturally produce testosterone in smaller amounts which is critical to their overall health and wellness. After age 20 testosterone levels start to decline in women. In fact, unlike estrogen, which is stored in fat cells, testosterone is not stored, so levels tend to decline much sooner than those of estrogen. By age 50 a woman’s testosterone level is about half of what it was at age 25. Symptoms of declining testosterone levels may include low libido and decrease sex drive, weight gain especially belly fat, loss of focus, anxiety, depression, muscle pain, mood swings, insomnia and memory loss.
Studies have shown testosterone replacement therapy has been found beneficial in relieving women of the unwanted side effects of menopause for both pre- and post-menopausal patients including increase in libido and sexual function, increase and maintenance of muscle mass, decrease in fat storage, (particularly in post-menopausal women), improvements in cardiovascular and musculoskeletal health as well as optimizing cognitive function and mental well-being.
Unfortunately, most traditional medical practices don’t routinely check testosterone levels in women or take the time to find out why patient don’t feel like themselves anymore. At Hebe Aesthetics and Vitality, we do a full lab panel and evaluation of the common decreasing hormones. We take time to listen and evaluate the whole person rather than writing prescriptions for anti-depressants, anti-anxiety medications or sleeping pills that offer a band aid instead of symptom relief.
Visit our website for more information and to schedule a free consultation to discuss how restoring and optimizing your hormones can improve your overall health and wellness.