Testosterone: A Hormone Important for Women’s Health
By Grattan Woodson, MD
The forgotten hormone in the traditional Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) prescription is testosterone. To obtain hormonal balance and return women to a simulated pre-menopausal status requires the addition of testosterone. Testosterone is necessary for women to maintain their muscle and bone mass and healthy joint cartilage. The loss of ovarian testosterone production at menopause causes muscle to gradually degenerate into fat that is almost impossible to reverse in the absence of testosterone supplementation.
The hallmark of frailty is the loss of muscle, bone, and cartilage tissue and its replacement with fat. Testosterone deficiency makes it very hard if not impossible to build new muscle tissue. It’s very common to see women who have always been fit but after menopause even though they continue to follow the same healthy diet and exercise routine they become progressively larger around the waist. What’s happening internally is that fat has replaced muscle even when their body weight has not changed. As a result of the loss of muscle mass, one common complaint is a progressive loss of strength and energy. The frustrating thing is no matter how healthy they eat or how hard they exercise it makes no difference. Use of a balance bioidentical hormone supplementation individualized to a woman’s specific needs combined with a healthy diet and moderate regular exercise provides the answer and reverses the process.
We customize the bioidentical hormone therapy prescribed for each patient using the patient’s subjective response to therapy, hormone blood testing, their body measurements together with Body Composition Analysis. This allows us to adjust the dose of hormones in the cream as needed for each women since we know that each person has unique characteristics that affect the dose needed to achieve optimum results and minimize side effects. Our goal is to significantly improve the health and wellness of our patients by using a combination of a sensible diet, moderate regular exercise, and replacing the hormones lost at menopause with their bioidentical equivalent.