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Women w LOW Testosterone?

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Created June 01, 2012 at 1:29 AM

My recent bloodwork shows that I have nearly 0 circulating testosterone (less than 0.5). This was discovered after 3 mos of amenorrhea, weight gain of nearly 10lbs, issues falling and staying asleep and acne on my back and chest.

Have any other females experienced this?

I am 25, and my weight gain put me at 149bs at 5'9. My diet is usually about 50% fat, 40% protein, 10% carbs. Most of my fat comes from meat and fish, coconut butter, eggs, avocados. I don't eat nuts (digestive issues) or oils, and I can't do dairy or shellfish.

Apparently they dislike giving women testosterone, but my doctor is pretty liberal, so we will see what he says Monday during my follow-up.

I was thinking an anti-aromatase might be a good idea?

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4413 · August 11, 2012 at 1:23 AM

Does clomiphene lead to increased production of testosterone in woman? That sounds more concerning to me then getting a bit of testosterone hrt.

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4413 · August 11, 2012 at 1:20 AM

she has no endogenous production. That is the problem!

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4413 · August 11, 2012 at 1:19 AM

Doctors who know and understand hormones do not have a problem giving a women with almost NO testosterone, some testosterone. Especially at your age.. it should not be that low at all. Im glad your doctor is savvy in regards to this. Typically you need to find a doctor who does hormone balancing. They are usually Functional Medicine MDs or NDs

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4413 · August 11, 2012 at 1:19 AM

Doetors who know and understand hormones do not have a problem giving a women with almost NO testosterone, some testosterone. Especially at your age.. it should not be that low at all. Im glad your doctor is savvy in regards to this. Typically you need to find a doctor who does hormone balancing. They are usually Functional Medicine MDs or NDs.

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4413 · August 11, 2012 at 1:11 AM

OH it will be enough!!

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1186 · June 04, 2012 at 4:45 AM

I won't be having babies anytime soon! Thanks for the info. I was unsure if the cream would be enough.

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1399 · June 02, 2012 at 4:44 AM

No negative side effects for me - I'm a hairy girl with or without testosterone. I would say it took about 1-2 months until I decided you would have to pry my test-gel out of my cold, dead hands...

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1186 · June 01, 2012 at 6:38 AM

I was concerned about the acne for that reason too! It totally possible that it's just there because of the imbalance though. More testing is needed to determine the cause of this before I start to supplement. Did you have issues with hair growth with the transdermal? How long before you noticed a change? As for weight, I am a competitive athlete, so am generally quite muscular and lean. My body is happy and strong around 135-136.

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320 · July 27, 2012 at 4:15 PM

Ginsing will boost your testosterone levels after a few months of taking it, which is why they tell women to cycle its use (4 weeks on, 2 weeks off... something like that). You might give that a try.
Tribulus Fruit and Passionflower both help the body to normalize and signal the body to start producing its own testosterone.

You could buy these in tincture or encapsulated form so they are easier to take? (as opposed to making teas... but making a big gallon brew at the beginning of the week is nice too!)

(mountainroseherbs.com is my favorite online resource for information and also as a source... their quality is absolutely the best.)

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744 · April 18, 2013 at 5:15 AM

There was a recent study saying that vitamin K2 stimulates production of testosterone in rats.

If you were to try to fix your hormones, I would start trying to fix things in this order:

Thyroid

Vitamin A status and cholesterol, which are precursors to

Pregnenolone

DHEA

Testosterone

These things are directly or indirectly precursors to testosterone.

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0 · April 18, 2013 at 4:41 AM

I hear you low Testosterone in women is not something that is talked about much. I found a bioidentical testosterone formulated for women. None of the stuff the causes more hair or aggressive. This stuff has turned my life around, this was the missing link in hormone regiment. Oh, they also have bioidentical DHEA. This is my go to site for BHRT. http://www.naturallycomplete.com

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0 · December 06, 2012 at 4:55 AM

IM 52 year old female I have lost muscle and starting to get flab all over menopause sucks I have 5% bioidentical testosterone cream can anyone tell me how much to take per day to gain my body back I work out 5 to 6 times a week and have done for 20 years but menopause has caused my body to turn to flab hoping testosterone will help

Kind regards Jayne

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0 · October 27, 2012 at 5:05 PM

I'm 47 and on testosterone 20mg IM weekly. It's a great boost to your sex drive and feeling of well being. I recommend it to all women with decreased energy/libido. My gynocologist prescribed it to me and it's been great. No side effects except some oily skin, nothing I can't deal with. Good luck.

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16 · October 27, 2012 at 3:32 AM

Women also needs testosterone, it develops their libido! Try this site http://www.bio-identical-testosterone.com/testosterone-in-women/ i heard that they do offer something that can help those who suffers from low testosterone! Thanks for the post by the way!

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4413 · August 11, 2012 at 1:17 AM

Ashley I hope you had ALL your hormones tested. Im curious why you are not menstruating?

I too had several tests of Zero and less than .05 and finally did agree to testosterone replacement. Im glad I did as it has helped many issue but I cannot take even half of what I am Rxed due to it causing Acne. I tried upping it to the dose I am supposed to take and sure enough... acne. I'm 50 so its pretty ridiculous. Luckily most is not noticeable as its on my hairline or on my scalp. OUCH

When I use a small amount, at a dose that does not cause acne, I can get my blood level up to 1-4. Better than nothing I guess.

If I were you (or you were my daughter!) I would do a full saliva hormone test, looking at everything. For instance, is your DHEA low too?

Labrix Labs does an excellent job.

Good luck

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800 · August 11, 2012 at 12:26 AM

I would suggest getting retested using an ultrasensitive assay. Measurement of testosterone in females is the subject of some debate: http://www.goodhormonehealth.com/symptoms/androgen.pdf

Your sex hormone binding globulin may be so low that you only need to make a trace amount of T to have adequate circulating free T.

Understand that by supplementing T you are going to shut down endogenous production. That's less than ideal as the body is used to pulsatile secretion. I would suggest trying a testosterone boosting form of paleo as described here (see Steve Aegis post): http://paleohacks.com/questions/17035/jack-up-your-testosterone#axzz23BSc9Gvq

If that doesn't work, use something like clomiphene to encourage endogenous (as well as pulstatile) production. It may well restart your HPA axis especially at your age.

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4413 · August 11, 2012 at 1:20 AM

she has no endogenous production. That is the problem!

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4413 · August 11, 2012 at 1:23 AM

Does clomiphene lead to increased production of testosterone in woman? That sounds more concerning to me then getting a bit of testosterone hrt.

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2022 · June 01, 2012 at 12:37 PM

I had my testosterone checked and it was at 13. I've been using .5ml testosterone cream since November. I haven't had any negative side effects (no hair growth, no acne, no aggression). If you see any negative side-effects while supplementing, it could mean your levels have gone above what is normal for a woman. I had my hormones tested after months of running and dieting (this was pre-paleo) without losing any weight or gaining any muscle tone. I have gained significant muscle tone since February (started paleo, started xfit). Just had my levels rechecked and T is back to normal.

**I don't know what stage of life you're in, but word to the wise- be very careful about safe sex if you decide to take a supplement. You cannot be on T if you are pregnant as it can cause birth defects (sexual ambiguity if I'm remembering correctly). You should be off the supplement for at least 2 months before getting pregnant.

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1186 · June 04, 2012 at 4:45 AM

I won't be having babies anytime soon! Thanks for the info. I was unsure if the cream would be enough.

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4413 · August 11, 2012 at 1:11 AM

OH it will be enough!!

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1399 · June 01, 2012 at 5:50 AM

Your weight seems fine to me, but low testosterone sucks. For women, transdermal replacement works great and will increase your libido, strength, self-confidence and quality of life altogether.

Sometimes supplementing DHEA is enough to boost testosterone and at least in the US you can get this without prescription. But in any case you should get a full hormone panel (which your probably have) before your start supplementation. Especially as acne is usually a sign of too much test.

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1186 · June 01, 2012 at 6:38 AM

I was concerned about the acne for that reason too! It totally possible that it's just there because of the imbalance though. More testing is needed to determine the cause of this before I start to supplement. Did you have issues with hair growth with the transdermal? How long before you noticed a change? As for weight, I am a competitive athlete, so am generally quite muscular and lean. My body is happy and strong around 135-136.

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1399 · June 02, 2012 at 4:44 AM

No negative side effects for me - I'm a hairy girl with or without testosterone. I would say it took about 1-2 months until I decided you would have to pry my test-gel out of my cold, dead hands...

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