Thursday, November 06, 2008

Testosterone patch may put pleasure back in post-menopause sex

From the Globe and Mail:
The male sex hormone testosterone may help restore sexual pleasure in some post-menopausal women, much as erectile dysfunction drugs have given some men back their sex lives, according to research published today in the New England Journal of Medicine.

In an international study of 814 women who were not using estrogen therapy, those who received 300 milligrams of testosterone a day via a patch on the stomach for a year reported an increase of about one-and-a-half more satisfying sexual episodes a month, when corrected for a placebo effect.

Lead researcher Susan Davis says she conducted the study to determine whether testosterone was a suitable alternative for menopausal women who have stopped taking estrogen therapy because of studies linking it to health risks, including breast cancer.

The study, a two-year double-blind clinical trial of women from Canada, the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom and Sweden who reported enjoying sex only 50 per cent of time, was financed by Procter and Gamble Pharmaceuticals, the makers of a testosterone patch currently available in Europe. ...more

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