Right now it's a 2 billion dollar a year business. Experts believe it'll reach 5 billion dollars a year in sales in just 4 years. You've probably seen the ads every time you've turned on your t.v. Testosterone replacement therapy is booming. And it's not just men who are using it. Channel 4's Staci Spanos joins us now to tell us why more WOMEN are taking testosterone. 3 You tend to think of big, beefy guys taking testosterone, 3 but a growing number of women are taking it, and saying THEY'RE reaping the rewards of what we typically think of as a men's-only hormone. 3 0 - 6 7 - 12 53 - 59 6.11 "Fabulous!" She's hardly the image that comes to mind when you think of a woman taking testosterone. SUSAN/TAKES TESTOSTERONE 3.20 "that i'm going to have facial hair or that i'm going to have big bulky muscles b/c i work out." but "susan", as she'd like us to call her, has been on testosterone replacement therapy for quite a few years.3.10 "i've been on testosterone for ten years." Ten years? Back up.... Women and testosterone?? How much of it do we have anyway -- how much of it do we need? We turned to an expert.02-28-14 TESTOS 2 2.39.39 DR.CAPASSO/BEACHES INTERNIST how much testosterone do we have? A little or a lot? You think of it as a guy thing. 3 no, You've got testosterone. Dr. Anthony capasso is a beaches internist who has been prescribing testosterone replacement therapy to men and women for years. He told us women's bodies produce testosterone in two places... 02-28-14 TESTOS 2 DR. CAPASSO/BEACHES INTERNIST 2.39.45 The ovaries produce testosterone as do the adrenal glands.2.39.50 when women go through menopause, when the ovaries quite producing estrogen, they also quite producing testosterone ... And when that happens...says Dr.Capasso, there's a drastic drop in testosterone levels and that means a dramatic rise in uncomfortable symptoms..15 "Tired, no energy ..." That's what happened to "susan"..18 "... having issues with menopause" she had a laundry list of symptoms and when a blood test found...1.37 "...that my testosterone was low, that my estrogen was low, that my thyroid was low..." ...she got the appropriate treatment ...including testosterone replacement... 1.40 Susan "...And they were truly able to make me feel and look better immediately." Staci Spanos/THE LOCAL STATION Critics say there aren't enough long term studies on testosterone therapy in women to see if it's safe and effective. As for side effects, Dr. Capasso says most women tolerate it very well, the biggest complaint, is facial hair.DR. CAPASSO/BEAC HES INTERNIST á2.42.29 "when you say facial hair, I think, do I want that? We're not talking beards.We're not talking beards. A little more coarse hair in the facial region. And that's by far the biggest complaint I hear." testosterone for women and men can be given in a cream, in a gel, it can be injected, 02-28-14 TESTOSTERONE but dr. Capasso prefers pellets implanted under the skin. As for Susan, she encourages other women who are silently suffering what can be miserable menopause symptoms to speak up.Susan/TAKES TESTOSTERONE 6.30 "i would love for women who even question whether they even need hormone therapy or not, to go to a physician and ask. It can't hurt to go find out and test it b/c i think 3 There's a wide range of what's considered normal testosterone levels for men and women...so do your research and talk to your doctor. As for insurance ...will it pay for treatment? It will pay for some testosterone treatments but not others.