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.

Following a natural menopause testosterone will continue to be produced by the ovaries in significant amounts for approximately twelve years.Therefore a woman who has a surgical menopause that removes her ovaries will no longer produce testosterone and this may be responsible for a poor libido, depression and a lack of energy following surgery.

Testosterone may also have a role to play in conserving bone after menopause and may be more suitable for women that are unable to take oestrogen supplements due to an increased risk of osteoporosis. However testosterone should not be taken orally, in the form of tablets, as it can damage the liver. The usual form of administration is by implant or by injection at regular intervals. There is currently a trial being undertaken that is looking at supplementing with testosterone patches.

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  1. I had a total hysterectomy in December 2012 and my Dr. told me that some pharmacies make a rub that you can put on your wrist or your leg or your collar bone area. It was not really expensive I have not tried it yet but I am going to soon. You must be carful to not let your female children come into contact with it.

  2. Hi I had a full hysterectomy 10 months ago, I have no sex drive and am so tired all the time. My doctor has told me that I am unable to get testosterone as they no longer supply it on NHS any more as it is to expensive, so I am just left to suffer. Can you advise me weather it is possible to to go else where and pay for this. Thanks Carol

  3. Why not speak to another GP in the surgery and ask about testosterone implants Theresa. It is unusual to lose your sexual desire completely post hysterectomy even when your ovaries are removed so perhaps it might be worth asking about having a thyroid test as well.

  4. I have had a complete hysterectomy in 2003, of course my ovaries and cervix were removed. Needless, to say, I have no sexual desire. I am married to a great man, with which our sex life was very active before the hysterectomy. I have also noticed many other changes. My gyn will not give me a testosterone injection, or any type of testosterone therapy. I take estrogen shots, monthly. I would like some advice on this matter. Thank You, Theresa Chitwood

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