"Because of the growing recognition of female sexual dysfunction as well as the increase in women seeking treatment, The Endocrine Society is in the early stages of preparing clinical guidelines for the care of these patients," announced Endocrine Society President, Anthony Means, Ph.D. "As new treatments come available, we want to make sure that physicians understand how and when to use them to treat patients. We plan to release our clinical guidelines in 2005."
--Female Sexual Dysfunction--
Female sexual dysfunction affects over 40 percent of women in the United States, according to a 1999 study from The Journal of the American Medical Association. As experts evaluate women with potential sexual interest disorders, there is a growing amount of information to guide them in how to understand, diagnose and treat these problems. Androgens -- hormones like testosterone that produce male characteristics -- are known to be involved in women's arousability, response and intensity and ease of orgasm, as well as in initial spontaneous desire. Androgens are also involved in the active neurovascular smooth muscle response of swelling and increased lubrication and likely affect genital sexual sensitivity. The testoster