Women are more likely to have a chronic pain condition than men. Over many years there has been research looking at whether her higher levels of estrogen increase her risk of chronic pain.
But what about if his higher levels of testosterone protected him against chronic pain? This hasn’t been well-researched – until now.
Dr Susan Evans investigated 56 young women from Adelaide with varying amounts of period and pelvic pain. She found that the lower their levels of androgens (testosterone-like hormones) the more days per month they had of pain.
Testosterone is still some way away from being a common treatment, but these results, from Australian women are certainly promising.
Testosterone is already being used overseas for chronic fatigue, opioid related chronic pain, fibromyalgia, reduction of breast cancer and general wellbeing.
If you have a science-bent, you can read Dr Evans’ published, peer-reviewed article by clicking here: The relationship between androgens and days per month of pelvic pain, dysmenorrhoea and headache 2021