Sep 5, 2003
dear doctor, does female HIV+ also need testostorone supplement to reduce fatigue? thx
Response from Dr. Frascino
Yes, it's possible. Testosterone is a hormone found in both men and women. Hormones are chemicals produced by our various glands. Hormones send messages to mediate and regulate many bodily functions. Consequently, it should come as no surprise that when our hormones are out of whack, we can feel, well, "wacky!" Low testosterone is the most common energy zapper in HIVers. And yes, low testo is an equal opportunity problem! Actually, a host of hormonal imbalances can make HIVers slow down (adrenal insufficiency, low thyroid hormone production) or even speed up (high thyroid hormone production).
Not unexpectedly, normal testosterone ranges are significantly higher in men than in women. Various laboratories, depending on the technology they use to measure testosterone levels, can have different normal ranges. In general, a normal total testosterone level for men is 300-1100 nanograms per deciliter. For women, it's 50-100 nanos. A simple blood test can let you know if this is a problem for you or not. Ladies, I should also mention there are even more common "female hormone" malfunctions associated with HIV disease. These can involve progesterone and/or estrogen and can cause many menstrual glitches. So you might want to have this checked out as well.
Benefits vs. Risk of Testosterone
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