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Roughly 40% of US women suffer from sexual dysfunction. Experts are continually producing information relating to the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of this disorder. It is known that androgens play a role in female arousal including orgasms and desire. Androgens also play a role in physical response during sexual behavior. The FDA is considering a testosterone patch designed for women who have had a hysterectomy and are undergoing estrogen therapy. This testosterone treatment (Intrinsa) in the form of a skin patch is also being considered for women with sexual dysfunction. Its approval would make it the first approved drug for use as treatment of female sexual dysfunction. Several trials have already been conducted and show that testosterone therapy is effective in improving sexual desire in some women. It has also been found to improve mood, quality of life and bone mineral density in some women. Testosterone levels in women are still a bit of a mystery it is difficult to determine if women are deficient in testosterone.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by The Endocrine Society
About: Treatment being developed for female sexual dysfunction
Date: 2 December 2004
Source: The Endocrine Society
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