5 Myths About Testosterone Use in Women

Think testosterone is just for guys? Think again. Testosterone plays a crucial role in women’s health, too, and it’s not what you think.

Women across the globe are discovering, with the help of SottoPelle® Therapy, a bioidentical hormone replacement, that testosterone therapy can ease their symptoms of menopause and improve their quality of life in more ways than one.

Myth #1: Testosterone has adverse effects on the heart.

We aren’t sure where this one came from. Perhaps because men have more testosterone than women and men are at greater risk of heart disease than women, someone drew a correlation where none exists.


In reality, the exact opposite is true...

There is substantial evidence that testosterone is cardiac protective.

It has a positive effect on lean body mass, blood sugar metabolism, cardiac muscle, and lipid profiles in both men and women. It is even used to treat and prevent cardiovascular disease. For women with congestive heart failure, testosterone has been shown to improve muscle strength, insulin resistance, and functional capacity. You heard it here: healthy levels of testosterone are good for your heart!


Myth #2: Testosterone causes liver damage.

Perhaps this myth arose after concerns of liver and kidney damage in men who took anabolic steroids and oral synthetic androgens. Testosterone patches and implants, unlike pellet hormone replacement therapy, pellets bypass the liver and have no adverse effects on the organ itself, liver enzymes, or clotting factors. We might also add that non-oral testosterone does not increase the risk of pulmonary embolism or deep vein thrombosis the way oral estrogens, androgens and synthetic progestins do.


Myth #3: Testosterone causes aggression.

This completely unfounded myth couldn’t be more wrong. Although anabolic steroid use has been shown to increase aggression, this is not the case for testosterone therapy. Even large doses of subcutaneous (under the skin) testosterone therapy do not increase aggression. In fact, studies show that in

90% of women treated for symptoms of androgen deficiency, instances of anxiety, irritability and aggression all decreased with therapy.

We’ve known this for a long time: androgen therapy has been used to treat PMS for more than 60 years.


Myth #4: Testosterone may increase the risk of breast cancer.

This myth can be a little too complicated to sort out because some past studies have noted an association between elevated androgen levels and breast cancer. However, methodological limitations and inconsistencies in these studies call them into question, as well as the fact that they do not account for elevated estradiol levels (excess testosterone can be converted by the body into estradiol, an estrogen associated with breast cancer).

Clinical trials have confirmed that a healthy balance of testosterone and estradiol is breast protective.

Testosterone therapy does not increase the risk of breast cancer and may actually lower it in women on estrogen therapy.


Myth #5: The safety of testosterone use in women has not been established.

We’ve been accumulating data on testosterone use in women since 1938, when testosterone implants were first used in female patients. Long-term data confirms the safety, efficacy and tolerability of doses of up to 225 mg in women for up to 40 years of therapy. Additionally, data on higher doses of testosterone used in transgender “female to male” patients shows no increase in mortality or major health problems, including breast cancer or vascular disease. Testosterone is safe for women. Seven decades of data proves it.


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For more myths about testosterone therapy and women, read 5 Myths on Testosterone Use in Women.


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Reference: Glaser et al. Testosterone therapy in women: Myths and misconceptions. Maturitas (2013) 74:231-234


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

CarolAnn Tutera

President of SottoPelle®

I am passionate about advocation for health and wellness as we age! Are you ready to age gracefully?

CarolAnn Tutera is the President of SottoPelle® an international medical company with numerous affiliated physicians/medical practices across the globe.  She is also the acting President of Tutera Medical and has shaped both companies from conception to leaders in the health and medical industry. She has successfully implemented progressive and innovative technical resources resulting in patents, state of the art medical protocols, and global brand that is widely recognized and respected.  This robust development has brought an international medical company with numerous affiliated physicians/medical practices success and accolades across the globe.  Both companies  have experienced robust revenue growth.


She employs human resource ethics that have led to her attracting and retaining high-performing talent. She has developed a unique executable strategy that motivates teams to financially exceed corporate objectives in varying economic climates. CarolAnn manages the high profile BHRT Company in a very competitive demanding market. Her vision and dedication to the highest ethical and quality standards have and continue to propel SottoPelle® to success. 

I've become an aging advocate and influencer by diligently working to educate and eradicate misconceptions on aging.
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