If you are a woman with a low or non-existent sex drive, speak to your physician about the use of a topical testosterone cream. Women normally have oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone circulating in their blood streams. As you age, hormone levels may decline. A drop in testosterone levels can result in a loss of libido.
Testosterone is a male hormone that when applied topically in a cream to a woman’s skin can improve low libido. The white, odorless creams containing testosterone are available in prescription form and low-dose over-the-counter formulas. Although there are no testosterone creams that have FDA approval for use in women, doctors may prescribe it for off-label use.
Squeeze two units of testosterone cream onto your finger. Recommended dosages for topical creams are often in units or “fingertip” units, according to DermNet NZ. One unit equals an amount of cream squeezed from the tube onto the finger, from the tip to the first joint. Two units would equal a strip of cream from the tip of the finger to the second joint, or first knuckle. If you miss your daily dose of testosterone cream, only apply it if you remember within nine hours of your usual dosage time.
Where to Apply
Apply testosterone cream to clean skin the same time each day. The most convenient time for many women is right after their daily shower. Massage the testosterone cream into the skin on the inside of one arm or on the skin of an outer thigh. Continue massaging the testosterone cream into your skin until it is fully absorbed. Testosterone cream usually dissolves within 60 seconds when massaged into the skin.
While there are some creams for women that are marketed to enhance sexual desire, increase pleasure and raise libido after application to the genital area, testosterone creams do not work in this manner. In fact, never apply a testosterone cream to your genitals. Testosterone creams are readily absorbed into the skin, slowly raising testosterone levels over time. Applying testosterone cream to the genitals does not speed up the process.
Testosterone creams are not suitable for everyone. Speak to your physician before beginning any testosterone supplementation regimen. Women who have a history of breast or uterine cancer, cardiovascular disease or liver disorders should not use testosterone creams.