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The Testosterone Replacement for Women Conundrum: Libido Highs and Hair Loss Lows with James O’Hara

The Hormone Solution Podcast with Karen Martel

Release Date: 05/18/2024

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James O'Hara is a family nurse practitioner who utilizes a utilizes an integrative approach to health which combines lifestyle interventions, appropriate supplementation, and medications when indicated to empower patients to feel better and live longer, healthier lives.

 

Today we’re speaking with James about testosterone replacement for women plus the benefits and drawbacks that come along with it, particularly during the transformative stages of perimenopause and menopause. We’ll talk about how testosterone and other hormones play a role not just in sexual desire, but also mood, energy, and cognitive functions. From sleep patterns to genetic predispositions, we explore how to address different health concerns while also recognizing the importance of prescription medications and the power of lifestyle changes.

 

In this episode:

  • Why testosterone therapy can both boost libido and cause hair thinning in women.
  • How hormonal balances involving testosterone, estradiol, dopamine, and progesterone impact sexual health.
  • Why androgens like testosterone and DHT enhance libido through increased dopamine.
  • How women's sensitivity to androgens influences their response to testosterone therapies.
  • Why natural and pharmaceutical 5-alpha-reductase inhibitors manage DHT levels.
  • How cardiovascular health and blood flow play crucial roles in sexual wellness for women.
  • Why supplements like citrulline can improve sexual function.
  • How peptides like PT-141 and Melanotan affect sex drive and overall health.
  • Why the melanocortin receptors link sunlight exposure to sexual drive.
  • How early-onset baldness in women can relate to genetics, stress, and hormonal changes.
  • Why ferritin levels and thyroid function are vital for hair growth.
  • How treatments like dutasteride and oral minoxidil offer solutions for hair loss.
  • Why patience is essential when using medications for hair loss, and side effects to consider.
  • How different treatments, like herbal DHT blockers and copper peptides, aid hair health.
  • Why bridging functional and conventional medicine creates personalized health plans.
  • How integrating lifestyle changes with prescription medications optimizes treatment approaches.

 

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