Impact of Testosterone On Women’s Sex Drive
Many post-menopausal women report a loss of interest in sexual activity. Yet, research over the last 50 years clearly indicates that testosterone supplementation produces a marked increase in libido for women. In the Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, Dr. Helen Singer Kaplan and Trude Owett, CSW, state that testosterone levels dictate the desire for sexual activity. They report that our sex hormones drive our “sexual appetite”. In other words, testosterone’s effect on the brain is to make women more sexually receptive.
Research indicates positive results of testosterone replacement on women’s sex drive, increasing libido for women, and their desire for sexual activity. Researchers have consistently reported that women who receive testosterone replacement therapy after menopause have an increase in:
- Sexual drive and response
- Frequency of sexual intercourse
- Number of sexual fantasies
- Level of sexual arousal
Causes of Testosterone Deficiency in Women
Most women begin to experience these symptoms after menopause, when their testosterone levels typically decline by approximately 50%. This decline is largely attributed to the fact that menopause causes the ovaries to stop producing testosterone. A variety of other conditions can cause some women begin to experience these signs as early as their 30s.
Shippen & Fryer identified some of the conditions that can contribute to a pre-menopausal decrease in women’s testosterone levels, including:
Aside from decreased libido and other sexual complaints; women with testosterone deficiency complain of a general lack of energy and overall vitality, and a loss of muscle tone.
Many women may be able to regain a more joyful and satisfying sex life with testosterone replacement even before menopause.
- Birth control pills*
- Medications* that interfere with the bio-availability of testosterone such as:
- Provera® (norlutate) and Tamoxifen® (nolvodex)
- Drugs such as Prozac® or Zoloft® that alter the brain’s serotonin transmitters
- Normal aging.
Symptoms Associated with Low Testosterone Levels in Women
- Loss of sexual desire
- Decreased sexual fantasy
- Absent or decreased orgasm
- Sexual complains beginning after menopause or childbirth
Bio-Identical Testosterone Replacement Therapy For Women
Bio-identical testosterone can be compounded in various forms such as:
- Testosterone Sublingual drops
- Testosterone Lozenges
- Testosterone Creams
- Testosterone Gels
- Testosterone Suppositories
Regardless of which form of testosterone you choose, it is important to find the solution that is tailored specific for your body. Please contact us at 310-550-1822 if you would like more information about testosterone replacement therapy for women.