Experimental testosterone patch shows promise for treating diminished sexual function in surgically menopausal women

Experimental Testosterone Patch Shows Promise for Treating Diminished Sexual Function in Surgically Menopausal Women

Contact: Sandra Van
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Experimental testosterone patch shows promise for treating diminished sexual function in surgically menopausal women

According to a soon-to-be-released study, an experimental testosterone patch offers new hope for women who suffer from diminished sexual function as a result of surgical menopause (removal of the ovaries and uterus). Glenn Braunstein, M.D., Chair of the Department of Medicine at Cedars Sinai Medical Center, will present the findings at the Endocrine Society Meeting in San Diego on Tuesday, June 15.

The study, which was conducted at nine U.S. Centers and involved 75 surgically menopausal women who suffered from diminished sexual function, found that the women experienced improvements in their sexual function and psychological well-being when small amounts of testosterone were administered with an experimental skin patch. The patch, which was used in combination with standard estrogen therapy, was an alcohol-free matrix patch that was applied to the abdomen and changed twice a week.

This is the first-ever study conducted with a testosterone skin patch to treat sexual problems in surgically menopausal women, and these preliminary results indicate that transdermal testosterone is both beneficial and well tolerated in these women. Further, the study suggests that the small amounts of testosterone normally produced by a woman's ovaries are important for maintaining sexual function and th

Contact: Sandra Van
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

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