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Testosterone May Restore Sexual Desire in Postmenopausal Women

By Miriam E. Tucker , , , ,

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For postmenopausal women who are distressed about their low sexual desire, there may be a surprising remedy: the male hormone testosterone. Researchers combined results from 36 trials involving 8,480 women. Compared with women who took either a placebo or a different hormone (such as estrogen), those who took testosterone reported improved desire, more positive encounters with their partners, and fewer sexual concerns, among other benefits. Side effects included acne, abnormal hair growth, and slight weight gain. Increased LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and decreased HDL (“good”) cholesterol occurred only with oral testosterone, not when it was delivered by skin patch or cream. Currently, there is no female testosterone formulation, so ask your doctor whether you should take it and about options for safe dosing.
Source: The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, published online July 25, 2019

 

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