Myths of Testosterone Replacement for Women, Part 1

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This week, Brett Newcomb and I discuss current research that is being done regarding the process of testosterone replacement. We look at the facts and the myths surrounding this type of treatment.

This week, Brett Newcomb and I are talking about some research that we have been accumulating on the topic of Testosterone replacement. We are interested in this because of all the news coverage about Testosterone that has been in the media in the United States over the last six months or so. Much of that media coverage has been around attorneys advertising for male clients for law suits against physicians who replaced their testosterone. The other media coverage has been those companies that mass produce testosterone creams and jells and oral tabs for men. There has been a rapidly growing market for men receiving testosterone replacements. The conflict that comes out of these two competing media emphasis is all focused on the economic impact of the testosterone market in the United States.

My concern has always been on the health impact of replacing testosterone. I focus on two areas. The first is Women’s ability and right to obtain testosterone through bio-identical pellets. There is resistance in the medical community about accepting that Testosterone is a female hormone, and about facilitating women’s rights to obtain the replacement of testosterone. There is a focus on obtaining or marketing such treatments for men, but not for women. This flies in the face of the best science. Women need testosterone and benefit from it just as much as men do and for the same exact reasons. The other focal point for me is to stay on top of the medical knowledge about the reasons people (especially women) ought to consider taking testosterone replacement. I try and develop any information that I can about side effects and complications, so that I can provide my patients with the best care and with the fewest side effects at the most reasonable price.

So the article we found was written in a British/Australian medical journal called Maturitis. It was volume 74 of 2013. The article was written by Dr. Rebecca Glaser and Dr. Constantine Dimitrakakis. We like Dr. Dimitrakakis a lot, in fact, we quoted his research in our book, The Secret Female Hormone. Dr.’s Dimitrakakis and Glaser wrote about the top ten myths regarding the replacement of testosterone in women.

They begin by making the point that testosterone replacement for women has been legal in England since 1937. They go on to say that “testosterone is the most abundant biologically-active sex steroid in women throughout their lives. Therefore, testosterone is not just a male hormone.”

Listen to our podcast today to hear about the research that is done in Europe and the experiences of patients and physicians in other parts of the world that are more open and modernized regarding hormone replacement treatments for women—especially with the hormone testosterone—and develop your own opinion.