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5 Facts About the Hormone Testosterone for Women

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5) The birth control pill, if used correctly, protects against unwanted pregnancy but can also lower sex drive by lowering testosterone.

The pill increases SHBG creating lower levels of free testosterone. With less testosterone floating around, the desire for sex is less.

Just as a man might need testosterone replacement, so might a women but with significantly lower doses. Consider asking your health care provider about testosterone and DHEA-S testing if hormone changes, fatigue, mood issues, and lower sex drive are occurring on a regular basis. Your hormones may truly be out of balance.

References:

1. Androgen Replacement Therapy in Women. Web. 2 December, 2012.
http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/773774_1

2. Birth Control Pill Could Cause Long-Term Problems With Testosterone, New Research Indicates. Web. 2 December, 2012.
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/35663.php

3. Androgen Deficiency in Women. Web. 4 December, 2012.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21152832

Reviewed December 5, 2012
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith

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