Putting the 'Desire' Back in Sexual Desire

Study tests treatment for libido decrease in women

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THURSDAY, Dec. 26, 2002 (HealthDayNews) -- Recruits are being sought for a Cedars-Sinai Medical Center study of a new investigational therapy to increase sexual interest in post-menopausal women who have a lack of sexual desire.

An estimated 1 in 3 American women suffer from low sexual desire, making it the most common sexual problem in women. There are no medications approved in the United States for treatment of diminished sexual desire.

Low libido leads to a lack of interest in sexual activity, absence of sexual thoughts or fantasies, and difficulty achieving orgasm. That can lead to a deterioration of a woman's relationship with her partner.

Many women suffer a decline in sexual desire when their hormone levels fall after menopause. Research has shown that nearly 40 per cent of women experience a decline in their libido during menopause.

The clinical trials in this study will examine whether a thin, skin patch that delivers low levels of testosterone can increase libido. The patch is worn on the abdomen and replaced every 3 to 4 days. The study is being conducted at sites in the United States, Canada and Australia.

To be eligible to take part in this study, women should have undergone natural menopause, be taking hormone replacement therapy, and be concerned about their decline in sexual desire. To find out more about being part of the Cedars-Sinai study, call 310-423-3850 or 1-866-409-6626.

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SOURCE: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, news release, December 2002

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