5 Myths About Testosterone
Testosterone has become an increasingly popular topic for medical professionals and lay people alike. While many still have the unfortunate misunderstanding of this powerhouse hormone, some have discovered its versatility in treating a myriad of symptoms caused by low testosterone levels.
1. Its only for men
Testosterone is responsible for more than just male sex drive! Women need testosterone too. Yes, males have higher concentrations of this hormone naturally, but women also naturally produce it. Both sexes will naturally produce less testosterone as a part of aging, but that doesn’t mean they need to live with the symptoms.
2. It causes cancer
There is an important distinction to make with hormone therapy methods; there are synthetic hormones and bioidentical hormones (natural). Bioidentical hormones have not been proven to cause any kind of cancer with appropriate treatment. In fact, men with low levels of testosterone are at higher risk for prostate cancer.
3. It will make me more “manly”
While some men might think this would be a great side effect, it’s simply not true. Many women are concerned that taking testosterone will make their voice deeper, make them grow facial hair, or give them Schwarzenegger-like muscles. This is not the case, and well-optimized hormone replacement will not cause “manly” side effects.
4. It will make me feel angry or mad
Testosterone can actually help with depressive mood or mood swings related to hormone decline. Not only will testosterone supplementation boost your mood, but it will also give you more energy and improve cognition.
5. Its only good for low sex drive
Conversely, testosterone positively impacts muscle mass, fatigue, mood, bone density, energy levels, and so much more!
|For Women||For Men|
|Improves well-being, energy, strength, and endurance||Increases muscle mass, strength, endurance, and exercise tolerance|
|Improves sexual function and clitoral sensitivity.||Improves libido, erectile function, and sexual performance.|
|Decreases visceral fat||Reduces fat, both visceral and subcutaneous|
|Improves body composition by maintaining muscle mass and bone density||Lowers cholesterol and improves lipid parameters.|
|Increases collagen, skin thickness, and improves skin tone||Improves lean muscle mass, bone density, and promotes healing|
|Reduces fat deposition, and cellulite||Protects against cardiovascular disease, hypertension, and arthritis.|
Testosterone Replacement Therapy at Central Wellness
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can be a wonderful treatment for anyone experiencing hormone decline. At Central Wellness our providers determine the best treatment plan by assessing your blood test results and optimizing your hormones for a healthier, happier life. If you’ve got questions about Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, give us a call to chat with one of our board-certified providers or schedule a consultation below! 406.869.1066