In 1998 many couples facing low sexual desire got the help they needed - but only if the male partner has a low libido - when Viagra was approved. Women, however, don't yet have an approved pharmaceutical answer to losing their desire for sex. Testosterone might be the answer. This hormone is usually thought of as the "male" hormone but women also have testosterone, even though in much lower quantities than men and low testosterone in women may be one of the reasons women experience a loss in libido.
Symptoms of Low Testosterone
There are a number of causes of low testosterone in women. As women age, they produce less sexual hormones, including testosterone, low levels of other sexual hormones which interact with testosterone and birth control pills reduce the level of this hormone in the body. The main symptom is a lack or lower sexual desire. Reduced muscle strength and physical endurance also can signal low testosterone although this also naturally happens as women ag...
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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