Although testosterone is a male hormone women still produce small amounts. Testosterone is produced by the ovaries and helps to regulate sex drive (libido), energy and mental state.
The menopause is not a disease or a state of oestrogen deficiency, it is an age appropriate and natural decline in oestrogen levels. For those of us who have a hysterectomy, it is often induced surgically and may therefore occur at an earlier age than might have been.
Until recently, studies have indicated that hormone replacement therapy was successful in protecting a woman against heart disease.
Swedish researchers involved in a long term study of 1201 women have suggested that the apparent benefits to the heart of HRT could be explained by the better health enjoyed by women who choose to take it.