Myths of Testosterone Replacement for Women, Part 2

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This week, Brett Newcomb and I continue our discussion on research that is being done regarding the process of testosterone replacement. We look at the facts and the myths surrounding this type of treatment and how it effects women.

This week, Brett Newcomb and I are continuing a conversation about women and testosterone replacement. The conversation is based on research that has been done in England and Australia that was summarized in an article of the British Journal Maturitas, vol. 74. We focus on the common myths about replacing testosterone and the research that repudiates these myths. Instead of following these erroneous paths of thinking and bad medicine, we follow the facts about replacing testosterone in women, as advocated in the article in Maturitas.

The myth/fact continuums that we examine revolve around these facts:

  1. Testosterone is a female hormone.
  2. Testosterone’s role in women impacts more than their libido and sex drive.
  3. Testosterone does not masculinize females.
  4. Testosterone does not cause hoarseness and voice change in women.
  5. Testosterone does not cause hair loss in women.
  6. Testosterone does not damage the heart.
  7. Testosterone does not damage the liver.
  8. Testosterone does not make women aggressive.
  9. Testosterone does not increase the risk of breast cancer.
  10. The safety of testosterone for women has been well established.

These are all factual statements that are supported by research in Europe and the United States. Listen to this week’s podcast to hear the conversation about what women should know—why and how they can present this information to their physicians to help them consider the question, “Do I need my Testosterone replaced?”