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Kristin Jackson

17 April 2024

31m 59s

Debunking the Top 3 Myths About Testosterone in Women



Testosterone is often misunderstood, and that can create fear about use of this very critical hormone.  It's often wrongly considered a hormone only important for men. In reality, testosterone is crucial for both men and women, with women actually having higher levels of testosterone than estrogen. Women's testosterone levels peak in their 20s and 30s, gradually declining as they age. Optimizing testosterone can alleviate various symptoms such as low libido, difficulty reaching orgasm, brain fog, fatigue, and even improve muscle mass and bone density. Contrary to popular belief, testosterone is not solely responsible for libido but also plays a significant role in many other bodily functions. It affects various organs, including the brain, heart, bladder, uterus, ovaries, vaginal tissue, skin, and bones. Testosterone promotes healthy muscle growth, aids in bone strength, reduces inflammation, and even decreases the risk of dementia. While there are no FDA-approved testosterone products for women, the use of bioidentical testosterone has been deemed safe by numerous studies and reports from patients.
In this episode, you'll be able to:
  • Find out why testosterone is Dr J's favorite hormone to balance for her patients
  • List the common misconceptions surrounding testosterone
  • Understand some of the many many benefits of healthy testosterone levels
  • Be comfortable with the safety of proper testosterone replacement
Key moments in this episode are:
 00:31 Common symptoms of sub-optimal testosterone
00:56 First myth: Testosterone is only important in men
01:35 Differences in measurements in testosterone and estradiol
02:43 Timeline of testosterone decline as we age
03:39 Misinterpretation of symptoms of testosterone loss as "normal aging"
04:05 Second myth: Testosterone is only important for libido
04:28 Where testosterone receptors are located
5:04 Role of testosterone in libido
06:29 Role of testosterone in the brain
07:29 Role of testosterone in the brain
08:00 Role of testosterone in the heart
09:58 Role of testosterone in the bones
11:18 Long term risks of bone building drugs, like bisphosphonates
12:27 Role of testosterone in muscles
13:03 Study of testosterone with and without exercise to build muscle
14:28 Importance of muscle mass in women as they age
14:55 Preventing falls with strong muscles and bones
16:56 Role of testosterone in the bladder
18:23 What our patients are saying about testosterone replacement
19:50 Third myth: Testosterone is not safe for use in women
20:16 Road to FDA approval
20:32 Natural products like testosterone cannot be patented
21:14 Testosterone in the market today
21:58 What an off-label use of a drug means
23:40 Risk of testosterone during pregnancy
26:16 How to properly dose testosterone
28:17 Sensitivity of testosterone receptors
29:!4 Using an algorithm to dose testosterone
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