Low Hormone Levels Cause Female Sexual Dysfunction

Study finds premenopausal women with problems have less testerone, androgen

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FRIDAY, March 19, 2004 (HealthDayNews) -- Low hormone levels cause sexual dysfunction in healthy, premenopausal women, says a study by researchers at Boston University School of Medicine's Institute for Sexual Medicine.

Their study is the first to show healthy, premenopausal women with sexual dysfunction have lower serum testosterone and adrenal androgen levels than premenopausal women who are free of sexual dysfunction.

"Female sexual dysfunction has long been considered as exclusively a psychologic, emotional or relationship issue. We have now shown conclusively that biologic factors such as low serum androgen levels are also responsible for development of female sexual dysfunction issues," senior author Dr. Irwin Goldstein, directors of the university's Institute for Sexual Medicine, says in a prepared statement.

The findings appear online in the International Journal of Impotence Research.

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The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy has more about female sexual problems.

SOURCE: Boston University School of Medicine, news release, March 16, 2004

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