Hormone Patch May Raise Women's Desire for Sex
More Desire, Sexual Satisfaction Reported by Hysterectomy Patients
Braunstein's team calls the improvements "modest ... yet statistically
significant." The findings "highlight the important role that
testosterone may play in women's sexual health," they write.
The researchers call for more studies of the testosterone patch's safety and
also sponsored by Proctor & Gamble, also
reported improved sexual desire in women.
The 'Goldilocks' Effect
The study "raises many questions about what is the 'just-right' dose of
testosterone," writes Robert Vigersky, MD, of the Walter Reed Army Medical
Vigersky didn't work on the study. He wrote an editorial about it for the
He likens the hunt for the best dose of testosterone to the nursery rhyme
character Goldilocks, who sought a "just-right" chair, bed, and bowl of
"Goldilocks has been around for almost 200 years," he writes.
"Should she ever develop [low sexual desire], it is still not clear if a
300-microgram testosterone [skin] patch is 'just right' for her. Hopefully,
further studies will be available when and if she needs to be treated."
Increasing Sex From 'Seldom' to 'Sometimes'
The testosterone patch most notably improved in two areas: sexual desire and
satisfying sexual experiences, writes Vigersky.
"The testosterone treatment only raised the level of sexual function
from 'seldom' to 'sometimes,'" he writes. Vigersky also calculates that the
women only got two extra satisfying sexual episodes per month (an increase from
three events to five events).