Myth 1 - Testosterone is just for men:
Though testosterone is the primary male sex hormone, it also plays a vital role in women's health, impacting bone density, muscle mass, and libido. A decline in testosterone levels can lead to symptoms such as fatigue, low sex drive, and mood swings.
Myth 2 - TRT leads to masculine features in women:
TRT for women typically involves low, carefully monitored doses, which do not cause side effects like facial hair or a deepened voice.
Myth 3 - TRT is exclusively for sexual dysfunction:
While TRT can improve libido, it also offers other benefits like increased energy levels, improved mood, and better muscle and bone health.
Myth 4 - TRT is unsafe for women:
Under a qualified healthcare provider's supervision, TRT can be both safe and effective for women. Regular monitoring of hormone levels and dosage adjustments are essential for minimizing potential side effects.
Myth 5 - TRT increases breast cancer risk:
Studies on the relationship between TRT and breast cancer risk in women are inconclusive. Some suggest it has protective effect, while others show no significant association with cancer.
It's crucial for women considering TRT to consult with their healthcare provider and evaluate the potential risks and benefits and conduct appropriate bloodwork to assess their symptoms' root cause.
- Edward Tangchitnob, MD, FACOG, FACS, ABAARM