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THE NATION; Study Discredits Theory on Low Sex Drive in Women; Researchers find no connection between testosterone levels and sexual function.
Los Angeles Times - Los Angeles, Calif.
Subjects: Sexual disorders; Women; Studies; Androgens; Sexual behavior
Author: Wible, Brad
Date: Jul 6, 2005
Start Page: A.12
Section: Main News; Part A; National Desk
Abstract (Document Summary)

"If a woman with low libido walks into her doctor's office and asks for a blood test to see if she can use that new testosterone patch, well, there's no basis for that," said lead author Dr. Susan Davis of Monash Medical School in Victoria, Australia. "They're totally uninformative."

Some studies have shown improvement of sexual function and psychological well being upon receiving testosterone therapies. Procter & Gamble is developing the testosterone patch Invisira to increase female libido.

They did find that women with low sexual function often had low levels of the hormone dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate, or DHEAS, a precursor compound that is converted by cells into testosterone and estrogen.

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