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Testosterone may improve women’s sex lives after menopause

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A wide analysis of 36 trails discovered that testosterone may have positive effects on sexual function and well-being in postmenopausal women.

This study was published in the Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, included controlled trials of testosterone treatment that lasted for 12 weeks.

The research team analysed 46 reports of 36 trials that had included 8,480 candidates.

The researchers concluded that the sexual health of postmenopausal women could benefit significantly from testosterone treatment.

Testosterone is important for women too.

Testosterone is often referred to as ‘the male hormone’ but it is also the primary sex hormone of women. Testosterone is produced by the ovaries and the adrenal glands; the ovaries also produce testosterone for many years after the menopause. Consequently, women who have their ovaries removed are at risk of a testosterone deficiency and the side effects that come with it.

What are the symptoms of low testosterone in women?

  • Fatigue
  • Disturbed sleep
  • Decreased sexual satisfaction
  • Low sex drive/ Libido
  • Weight gain
  • Fertility issues

The researchers looked at how the treatments affected sexual function, as well as several other health markers, such as cardiovascular cognitive and musculoskeletal health. Additionally, they also looked at how testosterone treatment impacted mood, breast density and excess hair growth.

Researchers noted that there were consistent benefits to the participants sexual function.

Senior study author Prof. Susan Davis, of Monash University, In Melbourne Australia said, “The beneficial effects for postmenopausal women shown in our study extend beyond simply increasing the number of times a month they have sex. Some women who have regular sexual encounters report dissatisfaction with their sexual function, so increasing their frequency of a positive sexual experience from never or occasionally to once or twice a month can improve self-image and reduce sexual concerns- and may improve overall well-being.”

The researchers concluded that the candidates have experienced no serious side effects. However, it is an area that needs further investigation and custom formulations are necessary for the women who could potentially benefit.

“Considering the benefits, we found for women’s sex lives and personal well-being, new guidelines and new formulations are urgently needed”
– prof. Susan Davis.

Further Reading

  1. Safety and efficacy of testosterone for women: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trial data. Published: July 25, 2019. https://www.thelancet.com/journals/landia/article/PIIS2213-8587(19)30189-5/fulltext
  2. BodyLogicMD. ‘How does testosterone work in females?’
    https://www.bodylogicmd.com/hormones-for-women/testosterone
  3. MedicalNewsToday: ‘What happens when a woman has low testosterone?’
    https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/322663.php
  4. VigorPRO naturally raises libido levels and combats sexual dysfunction: http://bit.ly/VigorPROInfo