To be or not to be in sexual desire: the androgen dilemma

This is a recent study confirming again the connection between women’s sexual desires and testosterone level.
I will be on holiday from the 19th Dec until early January, and off again from the 10th t0 the 17th Jan. Make sure you have enough scripts to tide you over. If not, make plans to do so ASAP.
Climacteric. 2015 Jul 15:1-3. [Epub ahead of print]

To be or not to be in sexual desire: the androgen dilemma.


The androgen milieu and sexual desire in women seem to be tightly linked because they both decline with age. However, we are still missing a cut-off plasma level for androgens (total testosterone, free testosterone) or androgen precursors (androstenedione, dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) and DHEA sulfate (DHEAS)) to diagnose androgen deficiency in clinical practice. Apart from the complex multidimensional nature of sexual desire across the reproductive lifespan, the correlation between measurements of testosterone and specific signs and symptoms has been difficult because, according to guidelines, most available assays are unreliable at baseline and under hormonal treatments. Recent data obtained with accurate methods based on mass spectrometry to measure total testosterone levels found a significant positive association with sexual desire, arousal and masturbation in midlife US women across the menopausal transition. Even in a European cohort of healthy women aged 19-65 years, sexual desire, measured with a validated questionnaire, correlated overall with free testosterone and androstenedione measured with mass spectrometry. Collectively, these data support the therapeutic use of testosterone for low desire and sexual dysfunction in those clinical conditions in which androgen deficiency may be accurately diagnosed.

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Gp interested in natural hormone treatment for men and women of all ages

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