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"Testosterone May Rejuvenate Older Women's Sex Drive" - Dennis Thompson

  • U.S. News & World Report
  • New York, NY
  • (July 26, 2019)

New research suggests that postmenopausal women who struggle with a sagging libido may benefit from testosterone. The new analysis was published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology journal. Applied topically, the hormone appears to increase women’s sexual function and satisfaction. The idea of using testosterone to boost female sexuality has been around for decades, but has lain fallow since the mid-2000s. Testosterone therapy can come with side effects for women, including acne and hair growth, the researchers found. “There are some concerns that testosterone could cause the sort of long-term health problems found in men, like increased risk of heart disease,” said Andrea Dunaif, MD, Chief of the Hilda and J. Lester Division of endocrinology, diabetes and bone disease at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. “Also, women's bodies convert testosterone into estrogen, which might boost estrogen levels and influence risk of breast cancer.”

— Andrea Dunaif, MD, Chief, Hilda and J. Lester Gabrilove Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Bone Disease, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Mount Sinai Health System

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