Review on May 04, 2009
LOL is no laughing matter. An all too common theme among menopausal women involves the cooling of a once-steamy sex life. That's right, we're talking about the alliteration phrase that no woman (or man) likes to here: loss of libido, not the teenage computer chat acronym for "laugh out loud."
But researchers are working on finding ways to treat loss of libido, and they seem to be getting closer to the climax of their efforts. In a study published late in 2008 in the New England Journal of Medicine, a group of researchers seem to have made some headway in treating loss of libido.
Because testosterone, commonly considered the "male hormone," controls many sexual functions and desires in both men and woman, researchers thought they would start there to curb loss of libido
The year-long, placebo-controlled study involved 814 middle-aged women who were experiencing loss of libido. The results showed that, on average, women who were treated with a patch that released 300 micrograms of testosterone each day noticed one additional sexual encounter per month with their partners and began to lose their loss of libido. Women who were given only 150 micrograms of testosterone each day reported no changes in their loss of libido. The side effects included hair growth and acne, two symptoms commonly associated with heightened levels of testosterone.
The Food and Drug Administration has thus far killed efforts to create a drug to treat loss of libido based on these findings, citing unknown long-term side effects.
So for now, women with a loss of libido can instead shift their perception instead of reaching for a drug. Consider Plato's account of a conversation between the elderly Cephalus and Sacrates where the topic turned to sexual performance and desire. To explain his particular situation, Cephalus quotes the famous playwright Sophocles: "Most gladly have I escaped the thing of which you speak; I feel as if I had escaped from a mad and furious master."
- Brody, Jane E. "A Libido Drug for Women?" The New York Times, Section: Heath, March 30, 2009.