Benefits and Risks Bio-Identical Testosterone Replacement in Men and Women

Testosterone is a controlled substance and is regulated accordingly by the US. Food and Drug Administration. In hormone replacement therapy, men and women receive very different, individually appropriate does of testosterone. Note that the benefits and risks of bio-identical hormones are different than those in synthetic hormones — chemical compounds which are structurally similar to natural or bio-identical hormones, but differ slightly in composition. Every person is different in their needs, goals and medical history; do not make any decisions or actions about your hormones without consulting an experienced, knowledgeable medical professional.

For Men:

Benefits:

  • Enhances feelings of well-being
  • Improves healing
  • Improves skin tone and decreases thinning and wrinles
  • Increases lean muscle mass
  • Decreases fat
  • Decreases osteoporosis and increases bone density
  • Improves strength and endurance
  • Increases libido and improves sexual performance
  • Increases penis size
  • Decreases cardiovascular disease, hypertension and arthritis
  • Decreases serum cholesterol and raises high density lipoprotein (or “good cholesterol”). Note that synthetic testosterone compounds raise cholesterol and lower HDL
  • Improves memory and cognitive functioning
  • Helps prevent Alzheimer’s and dementia
  • Helps prevent and reduce depression
  • Decreases insulin resistance and increases insulin sensitivity (helps prevent and treat diabetes)

Risks:

  • May increase benign prostatic hypertrophy (benign prostate enlargement)*
  • May increase development of pre-existent prostate cancer while preventing cancer development*
  • Hair loss*
  • Body hair growth
  • Increased aggression
  • Acne
  • Decreased sperm production (returns to normal approximately 2 months after discontinuing testosterone)

*Risks refuted in New England Journal of Medicine, 350:5, Jan 29. 2004. “Risk of Testosterone Replacement Therapy and Recommendations for Monitoring, Ernani Rhoden, MD and Abraham Morgantater, MD

For Women:

Benefits:

  • Increased feelings of well-being
  • Improved energy
  • Improved body composition
  • Decreased abdominal fat
  • Increased bone density (reduces the risk injury from osteoporosis)
  • Increased libido
  • Improved sexual function
  • Increased clitoral sensitivity
  • Maintenance of clitoris, nipples, labia majora and female body hair pattern
  • Maintains muscle mass which improves metabolism
  • Helps prevent heart disease and diabetes
  • Reduces or eliminates “hot flashes”
  • Improved mood, decreased depression and anxiety
  • Improves breast fibrocystic disease (abnormal breast tissue)
  • Decreased vascular headaches (migraines)

Risks:

  • Acne
  • Abnormal hair growth

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