Testosterone is an important hormone produced by the adrenal glands and ovaries. It helps maintain normal ovarian function, cognition, sexual behavior and bone metabolism. As a woman ages, her testosterone levels will naturally decline. Studies have shown declines beginning as early as age 30. Some women can tolerate this decline without issue, other women will become symptomatic. She may begin to develop: poor concentration, headaches, fatigue, lack of libido, dry skin and eyes, muscle loss, anxiety or depression. Low testosterone can occur with or without a decrease in other hormones. Your physician will use blood work to determine your hormonal levels.
Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy offers testosterone replacement that is formulated into a cream. Other hormones such as estradiol, progesterone, and DHEA may also be added to the cream. It is applied once or twice daily. This cream is compounded by a specialty pharmacy that creates a dose based on your individual needs as determined by you and your physician. Many women are able to achieve significant improvement in their symptoms with replacement therapy.
Dr. Ann Hermann, a holistic internal medicine physician, is pleased to offer bio-identical hormone therapy to her patients. Dr. Hermann maintains offices in Tampa and St. Pete Beach, Florida. Please contact us at (813) 902-9559 for more information or to schedule an appointment.