Actress backs testosterone -- for women
I wouldn't be caught dead reading Jane Fonda's new book -- but it sounds like she's ripped a page or two right out of mine.
Hanoi Jane has been making headlines for admitting that the wild septuagenarian sex she's been bragging about was actually fueled by testosterone supplements.
And now, she's urging other senior women to load up on the hormone to boost their own libidos.
I didn't generate nearly as many headlines when I began advocating testosterone supplementation for women -- in some situations -- years ago. (Then again, I've never been caught palling around with the Vietcong, either.)
But while Fonda might be on the right track here, her story only highlights the dangers of taking medical advice from Hollywood know-it-alls -- because she has a vastly oversimplified view of the hormone.
She even admits she had to stop taking the supplements after battling serious acne problems -- a sure sign she was taking way too much. Women who load up on testosterone willy-nilly might also find themselves growing mustaches and chest hair.
Neither of those will do much for your sex life.
But let's forget sex for a moment here, because women need testosterone for something so much more important -- and here's where Fonda misses the point completely.
Testosterone is crucial to blood flow, and women who don't have enough face a higher risk of heart attack and stroke. This hormone can even help beat two of the conditions women fear most: osteoporosis and breast cancer.
So yes, you need your testosterone, ladies -- but don't try getting this on your own. Seek out an experienced naturopathic physician who can measure your hormone levels. You want to be somewhere between 50 nanograms per cc and 100 (men, on the other hand, need 10 times as much).
A good doc will also bring you back in for regular measurements while supplementation is under way to help ensure you don't experience Fonda's acne -- or chest and facial hair.
Your husband will thank you for that last bit.