JAN
04

Why Women Still Need Testosterone

Why Women Still Need Testosterone

It may come as a surprise, but normal functioning ovaries still produce testosterone along with estrogen. Most people think of testosterone as just the male sex hormone, but just like estrogen, its function goes far beyond reproductive and sexual purposes in the body.

Hormones generally regulate our body activities when it come to cells, tissues and organs. Although estrogen is more commonly known for its role in the development of breasts and the female reproductive organs, it also plays vital roles in other functions such as mood, sleep, libido and memory, as well as learning and attention span. It can also impact bone mass, skin elasticity, blood vessel dilation and our perception of pain.

Women Also Produce Testosterone

Most people are surprised to learn that women do in fact produce testosterone. This testosterone plays a role in managing libido and sexual response. It helps with brain function and behavior, strengthens the ligaments, and helps build bone and muscle, among functions. Like estrogen, this hormone also regulates sleep and helps to prevent cardiovascular problems.

Men and Women Both Need Testosterone 

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NOV
16

November Is National What Month?!

November Is National What Month?!

It's an issue that doesn't get a lot of attention but affects 30 million men in the United States alone. Now, the month of November has been singled out as a time of support and awareness of a condition that many men find difficult to talk about, even with their partners or doctor: impotency.

It’s a common myth that erectile dysfunction is a normal part of aging. While it’s true that it is most common later in life, it’s almost always caused by a health problem that can be remedied. For some, hormone level changes are the cause, while others may be suffering from heart disease, hypertension or diabetes that could be linked to ED. 

Many medications can also cause ED as a side effect, and as you age you may find yourself on more medications than ever before. In fact, checking the side effects of the medications you are on is a great first step in discovering the source of your ED. If you find out one or more of them could be the cause, talk to your doctor about switching to other medications without this side effect.

Lifestyle factors can also be the cause of ED. Stress, anxiety and depression have been shown to directly affect sexual health in many ways, including the ability to get and maintain an erection. Smoking, drinking excessively and even weight gain can all contribute to symptoms of ED as well.

There are several treatment options for men who are suffering from this condition. It’s important to find out the source of the symptoms before beginning treatment.

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JUL
19

Is It Just Exhaustion or a Hormone Imbalance?

Is It Just Exhaustion or a Hormone Imbalance?
​ One of the most common complaints we get from patients coming in to see Dr. Foster is extreme fatigue and exhaustion. Many patients chalk it up to busy schedules and a hectic work, family and social life balancing act. But, how do you know when your exhaustion is just due to your busy lifestyle or when it could be due to a hormone imbalance? When...
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JUN
20

10 Signs of Low Testosterone

10 Signs of Low Testosterone
Not feeling like yourself lately? When testosterone levels drop below normal levels, it can cause a steady decline in your quality of life. If you're experiencing any combination of these symptoms, it's time to have your levels checked. Fatigue Aging is not reason enough to feel fatigued or experience a decrease in energy on a regular basis. Althou...
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