Low Testosterone Medications
Using Low Testosterone Medications in WomenSome testosterone medications are approved for women with certain types of late-stage breast cancer. However, no medications are approved for treating low testosterone in women. Interestingly, the esterified estrogens/methyltestosterone products (which are used by women) are not approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), even though they are sold by prescription and are available in pharmacies across the United States.
Perhaps the most popular form of testosterone replacement therapy in women is compounded "bioidentical" testosterone cream or gel, often mixed together with various other hormones, such as progesterone and estrogen. These products, like most compounded products, are not approved by the FDA.
This does not mean that these products are necessarily dangerous or inferior, although they certainly could be. As with all compounded products, finding a pharmacy and pharmacist that you can trust to make these medications accurately and safely is important.
Choosing a MedicationFor many men, the most difficult part of being treated for low testosterone is initially discussing it with their healthcare providers, as many of the symptoms of low testosterone are highly personal and might seem embarrassing. After talking with their healthcare providers and being tested, many men are quite relieved to begin the process of finding an effective medication for low testosterone.
Do not hesitate to speak up if you feel uncomfortable with any particular form of treatment (for instance, if you are afraid of needles) or if you are having trouble affording your medication. Together, you and your healthcare provider can find the best medication for your particular situation.