Feeling more stressed than you used to feel when you were in your 20s? Obviously, you can chalk this up to a really busy life, but you also may be able to point to our changing body chemistry as part of the culprit.
New research has found that estrogen may allow women to respond better to repeated stress. The researchers found that young female rats that were stressed by a week of periodic physical restraint did not have any impairment in their ability to remember and recognize objects that they had been show earlier. In comparison, young males that were exposed to the same type of conditions scored lower on the short-term memory tests. However, when researchers lowered estrogen levels in the brain of female rats, they found that these rats performed at the same levels as the males. The researchers focused on the prefrontal cortex of the brain, which controls high-level executive functions such as planning, decision-making and memory.
The researchers do not understand how estrogen pro...
Many survivors of breast cancer report having decreased sexual desire and drive. There are often several possible causes of diminished sex drive in women and it is difficult to know for certain which ones contributes the most. There are no specific treatments for this problem, although a full evaluation for physical causes, such as vaginal dryness, early menopause, hormonal imbalance, or depression is usually recommended. Loss of a breast, depression, anxiety about cancer coming back, and effects of chemotherapy and hormonal treatments all may play a role. Testosterone is known to increase female sexual drive but a recent study shows that increasing testosterone levels by applying a testosterone cream does not increase sex drive of women who survived breast cancer, according to a study published in the May 2 Journal of the National Cancer Institute . Debra Barton, Ph.D., of Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, and colleagues gave 150 women who survived breast cancer either a testosterone cream o...
Generic Name: TESTOSTERONE SUSTAINED-RELEASE - BUCCAL Pronounced: (tess-TOSS-ter-own) Testosterone Bucl Precautions
Before using testosterone, tell your doctor or pharmacist
if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may
contain inactive ingredients (such as soy), which can cause allergic reactions
or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
This medication should not be used if you have certain
medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or
pharmacist if you have:
male breast cancer
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or
pharmacist your medical history, especially of:
prostate problems (e.g., enlarged prostate or benign
heart problems (e.g., congestive heart failure, coronary
ongoing lung disease
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