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Testosterone and menopause

13-Dec-2023

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Professor Talaulikar gives a detailed overview of testosterone, its role and how it may change during peri-menopause and menopause - as well as options for replacement as part of HRT.

There are too many pundits on Social Media and in the mainstream and other press giving opinions and views that so-often have no supporting evidence. With so much confusing information out there, it is vital that we have a well-balanced view with research-based data, backed up with sound clinical evidence of both safety and efficacy.

In the presentation, Vikram talks about:

  • Testosterone is an important hormone for women
  • Our understanding of its role during peri-menopause and menopause is still developing
  • Women actually produce around 3 times more testosterone than oestrogen that is made in the ovaries
  • Some testosterone is metabolised into oestrogen
  • Half the testosterone is produced by the adrenals and their function is not affected by menopause so levels do not drop as much as oestrogen
  • Iatrogenic menopause (that induced by medical intervention such as hysterectomy or chemotherapy) causes a more significant drop in testosterone and potentially leads to more effects
  • The role and function of testosterone in women and observations showing the effects of testosterone replacement (as part of HRT)
  • The effects of low testosterone and the difficulty of attributing some just to testosterone
  • The challenge of measuring testosterone levels and how different levels affect women differently
  • Current proscribing guidelines
  • Available testosterone products
  • Possible side effects
  • DHEA

For more information, please visit: The Menopause Clinic, London


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