Is Hormone Replacement Therapy a Treatment for Low Libido?

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If you watch much television at all, it’s likely you’ve seen ads promoting products that treat male sexual dysfunction. Our society remains more focused on treating erectile dysfunction than the reduced libido that many women encounter, especially after menopause. Hormone-related sexual dysfunction for women, however, detracts from their quality of life. Hormone replacement therapy at our Shreveport, Baton Rouge, Metairie, and Slidell, LA, clinics provides a solution.

With that in mind, we’ve answered 5 of the top questions women ask about how HRT can help low sex drive, vaginal dryness, and other sexual dysfunction issues.

How do hormone levels affect a woman’s sex drive?

Falling hormone levels during menopause cause several symptoms, including weight gain, sleeplessness, hot flashes, and mood swings. These can all affect a woman’s libido, in addition to repressing her natural sexual desire. Even though most people associate menopause with lowered estrogen levels, other hormones such as progesterone and testosterone also dip during this time.

What is the role of testosterone in women?

Testosterone is known as the male sex hormone, but women also have it. The ovaries produce testosterone, along with estrogen and progesterone. Testosterone is involved in the production of serotonin and dopamine in the brain, influencing a woman’s sex drive. Testosterone also helps keep bones and muscles strong, maintains energy levels, and boosts memory and concentration.

Can women get testosterone replacement therapy?

At Rejuvime Medical, our specialists create hormone replacement therapy plans that are designed to address each patient’s unique needs. That may include testosterone replacement therapy for women experiencing a low sex drive and reduced energy. Even though the level of testosterone in women is relatively low compared to men, it is important to optimize testosterone levels as part of an overall HRT plan.

Will HRT help treat vaginal dryness?

Women who retain healthy sex drives may still find intercourse uncomfortable due to vaginal dryness, which is a symptom of menopause. This is caused by low estrogen levels and can be effectively treated with HRT. Additionally, increasing testosterone levels can also increase the size of the clitoris if a woman experiences clitoral atrophy during menopause.

Are there side effects for a woman undergoing testosterone replacement therapy?

The medically monitored hormone replacement therapy treatments provided at Rejuvime Medical help ensure patients have few or no side effects. Our treatments prescribe low doses of testosterone to replace the natural hormones the body is no longer producing.

Learn more about how estrogen and testosterone replacement therapy at our Baton Rouge-area clinics can help boost your libido by contacting us using the online form or by calling us at one of our locations: (225) 960-1580 (Baton Rouge) or (504) 252-9579 (Metairie). 

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