San Diego Anti-aging medicine and family practice located in Encinitas CA, Center for Age Management

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Center for Age Management

317 N. El Camino Real, Suite 206
Encinitas, CA 92024
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Phone: 760-633-1315

 

Mon - Thur: 9am to 5pm
Lunch: 12pm to 1:30pm
Friday: 9am to 12pm
On Fridays, we will have limited staff. You may leave a message and it will be our pleasure to return your call. Any prescriptions, questions or concerns that you have, we will be happy to assist you Monday - Thursday.

Serving other neighboring cities: La Costa, Solana Beach, Rancho Santa Fe, Del Mar, San Marcos, Carlsbad, La Jolla, and San Diego County, CA.

Testosterone therapy increases sex drive of postmenopausal women

Testosterone therapy is an effective treatment for low libido in postmenopausal women, suggest results of an international study of more than 800 women.

Previous research has shown that testosterone therapy is useful for restoring libido in women when used in conjunction with estrogen replacement therapy. However, this study is the first to show that testosterone by itself can enhance sexual wellbeing in postmenopausal women.

For the year-long study researchers randomly assigned 814 women with hypoactive sexual desire disorder to receive a skin patch delivering 150 or 300 µg of testosterone per day or placebo. The primary endpoint of the study was the change from the start of the study to week 24 in the 4-week frequency of satisfying sexual episodes.

Results showed that women receiving 300 µg of testosterone per day experienced a significant increase in satisfying sexual episodes compared to women receiving the placebo (2.1 episodes versus 0.7). Women receiving 150 µg testosterone per day did experience an increase in satisfying sexual episodes (1.2 episodes), however the increase was not statistically significant. In comparison with the placebo group, women receiving both doses of testosterone experienced significant increases in desire.

The researchers concluded: “In postmenopausal women not receiving estrogen therapy, treatment with a patch delivering 300 µg of testosterone per day resulted in a modest but meaningful improvement in sexual function.”

Davis SR, Moreau M, Kroll R, et al. Testosterone for low libido in postmenopausal women not taking estrogen. NEJM 2008:359:2005-2017.