Medical Aspects of Testosterone Use in Women

This is a contributed post on testosterone use in women by Roxana Scott with

When we think of testosterone we usually associate it with manhood. However, testosterone use in women is very important to monitor as well. Testosterone is one of six hormones produced by female reproducing organs and its importance is usually underrated in female bodies. This hormone plays a key role in the sexual sensitivity of women. From a behavioral perspective women are more affected by decreased testosterone levels.

Testosterone Use in Women

Testosterone Use in Women

Levels of testosterone play an important role in female lives. In terms of general effects these include increases of self confidence, maintains of a good muscular tone, the elimination of depression, increases of life quality and help against obesity, especially abdominal fat. As all women know, depression, lack of self confidence and low libido will not only affect you but also those who live with you. Most of the time these disorders lead to break ups or even worse to mental and physical abuse. Low levels of testosterone lead to low self esteem. Women start feeling less attractive and less confident. This might also be a reason related to the low libido and low sexual desire. Good levels of testosterone increase women libido and the frequency of sexual fantasies, which lead to a normal sex life and healthy relationships.

Increased Libido With Testosterone

In a study published in 1995 in the Australian Journal of Maturitas, 32 post- menopausal women were treated with estrogen alone or estrogen plus testosterone. Both groups had increased libido. But the most interesting result is that the group of women treated with estrogen plus testosterone experienced a more significantly improved sex drive. In other similar studies, women have reported that the addition of testosterone improved their memory, boosted energy, increased libido, and in general increased the sense of well being.

Unwanted Side Effects of High Testosterone

However, high levels of testosterone may cause some unwanted side effects which can bring women a series of male features such as facial hair, acne and the deepening of the voice. Should you suffer from the MAD syndrome (Mixed Anxiety Depression) and take an overdose of testosterone pills, then you must also be aware of these side effects. Always consult an authorized doctor or medical staff member.

Post Menopause Testosterone Deficiency

Testosterone levels in the female body are known to decrease during menopause or post-surgery that involves Hysterectomy and the removal of the ovaries. Let’s review a few of the symptoms of testosterone deficiency: depression, loss of muscle strength, lack of interest in sexual activity, fatigue, breast and genital tissue sensitivity, painful sexual intercourse and anorgasmia which refers to the inability of having orgasms. Testosterone deficiency is a key factor for heart diseases in aging women or those who have had hysterectomies. Studies have shown that cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death in postmenopausal.

Administration of Testosterone Supplements

Testosterone supplements are harmless to your body except for oral administration without medical consent. Administration in the form of skin patches, gels or creams does not seem to affect cholesterol levels. The main cause is that these hormones are processed through the liver and can cause liver failure when administered orally. However, that is not the case for cutaneous administration. Testosterone pills should not be taken during pregnancy as female fetuses may develop male traits or in the situation of current or past uterine cancer, of high cholesterol, of heart diseases and liver failure.

It is safe to conclude that the “male hormone” plays a key role in the life of women and it really helps in many aspects: psychologically, physically and sexually if taken under medical supervision. Testosterone is not only beneficial to a woman’s sexual health, but also to her overall well-being.


About the Author – Roxana Scott is 23 year-old master Student, currently majoring in Occupational Health Psychology. Main areas of interests: Life Coaching, Sports Psychology, Well-being, health. Tagline: “it’s all about being positive!” You can follow her on Google+:

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