Endocrine Society calls for clinical guidelines on androgens for women

Chevy Chase, MD The Endocrine Society, which represents more than 12,000 endocrinologists who are specially trained to diagnose, treat and conduct basic and clinical research on complex hormonal disorders, today called for new clinical guidelines on the use of androgens in women/female sexual dysfunction. The organization also notes that additional research into androgens and women as well sexual dysfunction in women will help doctors and patients better understand how to diagnose and effectively treat this condition. This announcement comes as Intrinsa--a testosterone skin patch for women--is reviewed by the Food and Drug Administration as a treatment for a specific population of women who suffer from sexual dysfunction.

"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


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