You may or may not be aware that the NHS have recently removed Testosterone implants from the NHS prescription lists. Whilst it may be possible to pay for a private prescription these are expensive and potentially unnecessary. Testosterone in women helps to regulate mood and libido and it’s production continues mostly unaffected by the menopause, unlike oestrogen and progesterone. In addition to these benefits for women post menopause it also supports the immune system and assists the body in the production of muscle tissue as well as helping to boost your appetite.
There are a variety of ways in which you can look at helping to restore testosterone levels in your body and these include both lifestyle changes and complementary therapies.
Have sex more frequently – believe it or not, sex is one of those use it or lose it functions – the more you have sex, the more you will boost your natural levels of libido and also vaginal secretions to help prevent thinning and dryness.
Reduce your stress levels – it goes without saying that stress plays an enormous role in impacting on hormone levels throughout the body, and the female sex hormones are no exception to this.
Regular Exercise – also helps to promote a heightened mood and reduces stress levels at the same time. It also produces a rush of endorphins throughout the body making you feel better about yourself.
Change your diet – increasing your consumption of peanuts (not the salty variety) as well as foods such as oysters and egg yolks (because they contain high levels of zinc which is needed for the production of testosterone) and white meats such as chicken and fish such as Salmon. Vitamin A is also essential and this can be found in fruits such as apples, blueberries, cantaloupe melons, pineapple and citrus fruits such as oranges and lemons. Vegetables to consider include leafy green such as spinach and brightly coloured vegetables such as peppers and aubergines. You could also try adding alfalfa to your diet as well.
Foods to avoid included fried foods, sugar and caffeine because these over stimulate the adrenal glands
Non-oestrogenic herbs – these are herbs that have the ability to treat hormonal problems, without introducing oestrogen-like, artificial hormones into the body which can make them highly suitable for women who are constrained from taking HRT due to cancer fears. The most widely known of these is Macafem.
Overall, it is going to be a combined approach that works most effectively and reducing stress, changing your diet and perhaps taking something like macafem will be the best route under these circumstances.