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Testosterone Therapy Might be Appropriate for Postmenopausal Women

Testosterone Therapy Might be Appropriate for Postmenopausal WomenTestosterone therapy might benefit some older women with low libido accompanied by distress. But further research is still necessary, experts say.

The hormone testosterone is often associated with men, as it helps with the development and maintenance of male characteristics, like a deeper voice and facial hair. It drives men’s libidos, too.

When men’s bodies don’t produce enough testosterone, replacement therapy is an option. For many, the treatment boosts wellbeing, mood, and sex drive.

Can it do the same for women? That question has been debated for some time. Women’s bodies make testosterone, too, but in much smaller amounts. And it has not been completely clear whether testosterone therapy is safe and effective for women.

To learn more, researchers analyzed 36 studies published between 1990 and 2018. Overall, the studies involved almost 8,500 women who had gone through menopause. All of the women underwent testosterone therapy for at least 12 weeks.

Many women experienced sexual improvements with therapy. Desire, arousal, and sexual pleasure increased, and some women reported having better sex more frequently. Fewer sexual concerns and less distress were also noted.

None of the women had serious side effects, but some developed acne and hair growth.

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