I've written a lot about the prevalence of sexual dysfunction, especially female sexual dysfunction (FSD). I was delighted to see that a recent Oprah show devoted a full hour to "getting to know your anatomy," "recognizing that many women lose desire," "couples need help to keep the zest in their marriage - even a good marriage." Well, this week a new study was released and it offered that among 30,000 women studied:
- 40% had some sexual dysfunction
-12% had distress over sexual issues or dysfunction and offered that these problems affect their daily lives.
In the Massachusetts General Hospital study, 39% of women 18 and older reported low levels of desire, 26% had arousal problems, 21% had difficulties with orgasms. Women older than 65 reported the most sexual dysfunction but had the least distress (maybe because that's what they expected). HSDD (hypoactive sexual desire disorder) increases with age and is closely related to certain surgeries like removal of ovaries, relationship problems, use of certain medications, chronic diseases.
Testosterone levels - yes we women do indeed have testosterone - may be one of the culprits in the lack of libido feeling that women increasingly have as they get older. The lead product in development, LibiGel, targets female sexual dysfunction, especially as it relates to loss of testosterone. It is slated for approval after final testing in 2010-2011. The only somewhat problematic side effect? Unwanted hair growth. Not that surprising since testosterone is the 'male hormone." It may be a small price for women to pay in order to stimulate their sexual desires.
After all there's always Nair....or laser hair removel!!
Published On: November 16, 2008