I am 50 years old and have suffered with depression for many years. I have been on antidepressants that just numbed me. In May I started a treatment that includes testosterone, vitamin D and progesterone capsules.

My question is do I really need the testosterone? I am due for another insertion and don't know if I should continue it or not. I have felt some better in the last 4 months but not significantly so. Looking for answers...

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Sep 08, 2010
Re: Chokecherries
by: Anonymous

I personally would have a saliva test run before you do an insertion. Are you are referring to the HRT via "pellet" that does under your skin? You would want to be very weary of excess testosterone as it can convert to estrogen. Good luck!

Sep 10, 2010
by: Wray

Hi there Depression can be caused by many things, but a lack of progesterone and vitamin D are always foremost in my mind. So easy to correct if they are the problem. There are also many nutrients which help, for more info please see our page on Anxiety. I don't believe any woman needs extra testosterone, often given in the mistaken belief it raises libido. But the evidence points to progesterone as the hormone responsible for this. Oral progesterone is the least effective delivery system, please see our page on Progesterone application methods. I think this is mostly responsible for the slow recovery, the testosterone affecting it too, as it's suppressing the progesterone. I generally recommend 100-200mg/day, for more info please see our page on Peri-menopause. I hope you are taking sufficient vitamin D, the minimum should be 5000iu's per day. For more info please see the Vitamin D council website. A lack of vitamin D causes depression, please see here and
here. Take care Wray

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