Low Testosterone in Women
Low testosterone is a condition that not only affects men, but women. Since the problem is more synonymous with men, most women tend to brush aside the symptoms thereby delaying treatment for several years. It is now believed that women can also suffer from deficiency of this hormone and it can have serious impact on their health.
Oestrogen and progesterone which are normally the first two sex hormones in women usually drops at menopausal stage. Menopause does not make a difference in testosterone levels. Removal of the ovaries causes the testosterone levels to drop.
Symptoms of hypogonadism in women are weaker orgasms, loss of sexual desire and lack of sexual responsiveness. Other symptoms include decrease in endurance and strength, low performance at work, and lack of energy. It also weakens the bones and heightens the chances of developing osteoporosis
Low Testosterone in Men
Low levels of testosterone in men might be caused by reduced interest in sex, loss of muscle strength, fatigue, less frequent erections. If untreated, testosterone deficiency causes osteopenia. This is the thinning of the bone.
In order to obtain the accurate diagnosis, doctors carry out two rounds of testing. The first test is done in the morning whereby the doctor measures your testosterone level. This is because testosterone levels tend to fall in the afternoon.
In the second test pituitary hormones are measured, (FSH and LH) so as to determine whether the cause is central orprimary. Central meaning the central nervous system that contains pituitary gland or hypothalamus while primary means testicular failure. Other tests include hormone ferritin and prolactin (test for excess iron).
Hemochromatosis also known as iron overload can cause low levels of testosterone.
Testosterone levels can be corrected in women as they are in men. Several methods are used so as to treat the deficiency of testosterone.
The most recommended type of medication is testogel. The gel should be applied daily, most preferably in the morning. It is applied on shoulders, the abdomen or both arms.
Testogel should not be used when one is suffering from prostate cancer, breast cancer or when one is allergic to testosterone.
Testogel is not advised for breastfeeding mothers and for the treatment of impotence or sterility.
Side effects-The possible side effects that testogel has include acne, skin dryness and irritation. This is because of the alcohol present in the medicine. Other side effects include; dizziness, diarhea, increases in blood pressure, tender or enlarged breasts, changes to your mood and loss of memory.