Before you grab that prescription from your gynaecologist and dim the lights the jury is still out on the benefits of taking testosterone to increase your sex drive. Dr. Mary Gallenberg, Gynecologist and Obstetricainat the Mayo Clinic says, “testosterone therapy isn’t recommended to improve low sex drive. For women, other factors are generally more important in determining sex drive — and much remains unknown about the effects of testosterone therapy in women.”

No long-term studies of the risks and benefits of testosterone therapy in women exist.  Pretty scary huh?  And testosterone therapy isn’t safe for every woman.  “Testosterone therapy isn’t appropriate for postmenopausal women who have a history of breast or uterine cancer or those who have cardiovascular or liver disease,” advises Dr. Sandhya.  Might be time to do a little more research before pulling up to your local drive through pharmacy. 

There’s no question that testosterone levels decline at menopause but is a lack of testosterone the only reason for our loss of libido?  Stress, depression, fatigue – name your poison.  Or is it that we’re unhappy with our partners or unsatisfied with our marriages?  A truckload of testosterone won’t improve an unhappy woman’s sex drive.  In the words of Maya Angelou, “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” 

See you next Tuesday.

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