Rebecca Glaser, Constantine Dimitrakakis
National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD.
Myth: Testosterone is a ‘male’ hormone.
Fact: Testosterone is the most abundant biologically active hormone in women.
Myth: Testosterone’s only role in women is sex drive and libido.
Fact: Testosterone is essential for a woman’s physical and mental health and wellbeing
Myth: Testosterone Masculinizes females.
Fact: Outside of very high doses of synthetic androgens, testosterone does not have a masculinizing effect on females of female fetuses.
Myth: Testosterone Causes hoarseness and voice changes.
Fact: There is no conclusive evidence that testosterone therapy causes hoarseness or irreversible vocal cord changes in women.
Myth: Testosterone Causes Hair Loss.
Fact: Testosterone therapy increases scalp hair growth in women
Myth: Testosterone has adverse effects on the heart.
Fact: There is substantial evidence that testosterone is cardiac protective and that adequate levels decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Myth: Testosterone causes liver damage.
Fact: Non oral testosterone does not adversely affect the liver or increase clotting factors
Myth: Testosterone causes aggression.
Fact: Testosterone therapy decreses anxiety, irritability and aggression
Myth: Testosterone may increase the risk for breast cancer.
Fact: Testosterone is breast protective and does not increase the risk of breast cancer
Myth: The safety of testosterone use in women has not been established.
Fact: The safety of non-oral testosterone therapy in women is well established, including long term follow up.