Testosterone therapy: potential clitoral outcomes in women

Testosterone therapy has been the most desired by women who are post-menopausal and, like men, are suffering from sexual dysfunction as a result of low testosterone levels. Women who may be using testosterone therapy to address cardiovascular, cognitive, and musculoskeletal health, are typically seeking to address hormone disorders. However, androgen, a hormone that exists in both men and women tends to affect penile growth in males and clitoromegaly (enlargement of the clitoris) in females.

Clitoromegaly, the abnormal enlargement of the clitoris, is a rare side effect of testosterone therapy in women. It is caused by an increase in androgen activity due to the use of testosterone or other androgen-producing medications. This condition may be short-term as a result of sexual arousal or dangerously prolonged as a result of priapism; or a rare condition of prolonged clitoral erection and swelling that will cause pain to the clitoris, vulva, and labia. Priapism may typically develop during therapy with certain medications that specifically alter blood flow to the clitoris. The high testosterone (androgen) levels that result from the use of anabolic steroids or any androgen-producing medication predisposes women to this abnormality, so the use of performance-enhancing products or testosterone therapy is also met with the same level of warning by health officials to men who engage in testosterone replacement therapies.

Doctors advise women not to take testosterone if they are pregnant or breastfeeding because the masculinization of a female fetus or infant can occur; however, they may also expose themselves to the risk of liver disease and abnormalities, excessive body hair (hirsutism), male-pattern baldness, and deepening tone of voice. Additionally, at risk of their physical health, testosterone use by women can also lead to the same degree of socially unacceptable aggressiveness observed in men. These behavioral challenges may lead to further unhealthy behaviors.

If you are thinking about using testosterone to improve health and wellness, please consult a physician and seek better alternatives to address the issues of low testosterone production if possible. The desire for improved performance whether physically or sexually is always tempting, but the risks although not the same for everyone could prove to facilitate health outcomes much worse than what you are seeking to improve. #womansbody #testosterone #womenandtestosterone #healthconcerns #risks

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