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Testosterone patch boosts sexual desire among women

10/02/2003 - News

Testosterone patch boosts sexual desire among women

By: Susan Aldridge, medical journalist, PhD

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A new trial shows that women who have impaired sexual desire because of ovary removal can benefit from testosterone patches.

Women who have their ovaries removed surgically before the menopause may experience a lack of sexual desire known as hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD). The condition affects one in three who have their ovaries taken out and half of these women are distressed by the condition.

Researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and others have been looking at the use of testosterone patches to address the problem of HSDD. They report upon group of 447 women with HSDD who were distressed by their problem; half received a testosterone patch and half a placebo patch. Those on testosterone reported an improvement in sexually satisfying activity, compared to those on placebo. The study goes to show the importance of testosterone in sexual desire. The hormone is produced, in women, by the ovaries, which is why there is a deficit when these have to be removed.

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North American Menopause Society Meeting 18th September 2003

Created on: 10/02/2003
Reviewed on: 10/02/2003

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