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Testosterone is not licenced for women on the NHS. Why can't we have our hormones back?

Testosterone is an important hormone produced in the ovaries and the adrenal glands, like oestrogen and progesterone once we enter peri-menopause hormone levels begin to decline.

Taking testosterone can help with libido, cognitive function, energy levels and bone strength, whilst it doesn’t always work for everyone, many women find it beneficial. It is also important to consider that younger women may also need testosterone, this can be because of a surgical menopause or primary ovarian insufficiency, often these patients can see a significant reduction in hormone levels.

The only testosterone available on the NHS has been designed for men and the dose has to be titrated down for women to use. Some of the medication available include Testogel and Tostran which are absorbed through the skin and given “off label” which means that the product is being used for something different than it's original use, this is common with many drugs in medicine.

Testosterone that has been designed for women such as AndroFeme an Australian brand is only available privately, at an average cost of around £100 per tube which lasts around 3 months.

When men are able to get testosterone and Viagra on the NHS for a variety of different medical conditions, we have to ask the question why are women not able to get testosterone that has been designed for women on the NHS? There is a need to have access to a product which is effective, easy to use and specifically for women. The question is how do we get the NHS to notice that women need hormones too? For some women it gives them their lives back.

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