Postmenopausal women can often experience fluctuations in hormones, including estrogen and testosterone. Previously, hormone replacement therapies have focused on providing women with adequate levels of estrogen needed to stay healthy. However, testosterone has been found to play as vital a role in women’s health as estrogen.

A study examined the effects of estradiol, a naturally occurring form of estrogen, on the body compositions of postmenopausal women with and without the addition of testosterone. Scientists had previously speculated that the addition of testosterone in hormone replacement therapy may have adverse effects on lipids and body fat distribution. At the end of the study, which involved 33 postmenopausal women, it was found that testosterone did not have negative impacts in regards to female body composition.

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