The People's Perspective on Medicine
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Drug Side Effects

Testosterone Enhances Libido and Improves Female Sexuality

The FDA has approved two drugs to improve women's sexual desire. Trouble is, they have unpleasant side effects. Research shows testosterone enhances libido.

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Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder (low libido)

FDA Approved New Drug to Increase Sexual Desire

FDA gave the green light to Amag for its injectable medication designed to increase sexual desire in premenopausal women.

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Benign Prostate Enlargement (BPH)

Prostate Drug Dutasteride Shrinks Prostate and Penis

Dutasteride shrinks prostate glands but it also has sexual side effects. It can cause diminished libido & block sexual satisfaction. What about penis size?

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Home Remedies

How Can a Man Tell if He Needs More Testosterone?

You would be surprised to learn how many women complain about their male partner's lack of sex drive. Do these guys need more testosterone? What else helps?

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Low Libido

Is Saltpeter to Kill Sex Drive a Myth?

Contrary to many people's assertions, saltpeter has no known impact on sex drive and has not been used in institutional or military mess halls.

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Drug Side Effects

Will Testosterone Help Women Feel Strong and Sexy?

Will testosterone help women maintain a strong sex drive after menopause? It may benefit some women, but not others, since sex is complicated.

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Depression

Bupropion Helps With Mood, Sex and Quitting Smoking

A nurse badly wants to quit smoking. Chantix makes her miserable. Bupropion helps against cravings and improves her mood. Others report sex is enjoyable.

Dr. Sara Gottfried, expert on women's sexual health
Podcasts

Show 1137: What Should You Know About Women’s Sexual Health?

There is no Viagra for women, but there are many ways that women's sexual health could be bolstered. Find out what an integrative approach would look like.

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Low Libido

Mint Tea Lowers Her Sex Drive to Match His

When a couple has a mismatched level of libido it often creates tension in a relationship. What if her sex drive is greater than his?

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Benign Prostate Enlargement (BPH)

Dutasteride (Avodart) Sexual Side Effects Can Be Daunting

Are men alerted to dutasteride (Avodart) sexual side effects? What about elevations in blood sugar, LDL cholesterol or liver enzymes. Does ED persist?

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Benign Prostate Enlargement (BPH)

Will Drugs for Benign Prostate Hyperplasia (BPH) Ruin Your Sex Life?

Millions of men are suffering from benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH) but will their medication lower their libido or cause persistent erectile dysfunction?

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Drug Side Effects

What Is the Trouble with Too Much Testosterone?

The FDA is warning men that taking too much testosterone could lead to heart attacks, heart failure, strokes, liver problems, infertility and depression.

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Benign Prostate Enlargement (BPH)

Sex Problems Result from Tamsulosin for Urination

Tamsulosin is prescribed to men with an enlarged prostate so urination is less of a problem. Sexual side effects can be a downside of such alpha blockers.

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Arrhythmia (irregular heart rhythm)

Prescription for Licorice Pills Was Almost Lethal

We love licorice. High-quality natural licorice candy is wonderful. But too much licorice, whether as candy or in pills, can be dangerous in not deadly.

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Low Libido

How to Improve Men’s Sex Drive Without Drugs

Italian researchers have found that bright light exposure with light boxes can boost testosterone and improve men's sex drive.

Prescription for Low Testosterone
Drug Side Effects

Testosterone Side Effects: How Scary Are They?

Despite new data about testosterone treatment for men with "low T" the FDA remains adamant that this is a no-no! It warns about testosterone side effects.

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Drug Side Effects

What Are the Pros and Cons of Testosterone Therapy?

Is testosterone therapy a boon or a boondoggle for men with low T? Many people remember the HRT disaster for women. What is the story on TRT for men?

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Low Libido

Husband Seeking Ways to Lower Wife’s Libido

Young and middle-aged women are complaining that their partners are virtually uninterested in sex. What is behind this epidemic of low libido?

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Low Libido

Anti-Anxiety Drug Causes Problems in the Bedroom

The impact of an anti-anxiety drug on sexual interest and performance can aggravate differences between partners.