When the benefits and risks of hormone replacement therapy for women is discussed rarely does the discussion include testosterone. Testosterone is produced by the ovaries, the adrenal glands and the body’s fat tissue and is the most abundant biologically active hormone in women.
However, because testosterone can be converted into estrogen, many physicians believe it may increase a woman’s risk of breast cancer and are therefore reluctant to prescribe testosterone therapy for women. The level of testosterone in women begins to decline in their 20’s and continues to decline as they age. Symptoms of low testosterone include:
- Dry and or thin skin
- Reduced stamina during exercise
- Loss of muscle tone
- Poor memory
- Difficulty concentrating
- Reduce sex drive
- Loss of motivation
- Increased fat around the abdomen
- Loss of bone density or osteoporosis
Fortunately for women suffering from low testosterone recent research has shown testosterone therapy resulted in a reduced risk of breast cancer. In the 10-year Testosterone Implant Breast Cancer Prevention Study, physicians evaluated the relationship between testosterone implants and breast cancer. The evaluated more than 1200 pre and post-menopausal women who received a pellet of either testosterone alone or testosterone and anastrozole (an estrogen blocker).
The 5-year interim results showed a breast cancer rate that was 50% lower than rates reported in other hormone replacement studies. Participants that followed the treatment regimen closely experienced the lowest rates of breast cancer.
The anti-aging experts at the Anti-Aging and Wellness Clinic in Costa Rica offer bio-identical hormone replacement therapy to treat hormone imbalance. Balancing your hormones can result in reducing signs and symptoms of PMS and menopause including; improved mood, reduced hot flashes, improved insulin levels, reduced body fat, increased muscle mass, increased energy, improved cognitive function, increased libido and improved thyroid function.
Estrogen and testosterone pellets are the safest and most natural way to achieve a slow and even release of hormones into the body. The pellet is inserted under the skin, just above the hip, and will last 3-4 months; eliminating the need to remember to take a daily pill or rub on sticky gel.
The benefits of a pellet include:
- Even release of hormone, eliminating hormone fluctuations
- Less expensive than oral pills
- Shown in clinical trials to be safe and effective
Based on specialized testing, individual risk assessment and a personal health history, the experts at the Anti-Aging and Wellness Clinic can develop a customized health plan for you that will balance your hormone levels, slow down the aging process, and help you achieve your optimal health. To learn more about how we can help you live your best life, contact the Anti-Aging and Wellness Clinic today.
- Glaser RL, Dimitrakakis C. Testosterone and breast cancer prevention. Maturitas. 2015 Nov;82(3):291-5.
- Glaser RL, Dimitrakakis C. Reduced breast cancer incidence in women treated with subcutaneous testosterone, or testosterone with anastrozole: a prospective observational study. Maturitas. 2013, Dec.; 76(4):342-9.