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Testosterone To Boost Libido In Women?

Q. What do you know about compounded testosterone cream? I am a 64-year-old woman with a very low libido.

A friend of a friend uses this cream before sex, applying it to the inner thighs. She has great results with desire and orgasms, but my gynecologist says it is not FDA approved and won’t prescribe it.

A. Low testosterone levels in men or women are associated with diminished sexual interest, arousal and enjoyment. Some small studies suggest that testosterone therapy may boost libido, even in women (Menopause, May-June, 2006). Too much of this male hormone can cause facial hair growth, acne, deepening of the voice and clitoral enlargement.

Your doctor is correct that the FDA has not approved testosterone for improving women’s sex drive. Nevertheless, a physician who specializes in sexual medicine may be able to assist you.

We are sending you our Guides to Female Sexuality and Treating Sexual Dysfunction for more information on the benefits and risks of testosterone to counter low libido.

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Joe Graedon is a pharmacologist who has dedicated his career to making drug information understandable to consumers. His best-selling book, The People’s Pharmacy, was published in 1976 and led to a syndicated newspaper column, syndicated public radio show and web site. In 2006, Long Island University awarded him an honorary doctorate as “one of the country's leading drug experts for the consumer.” .
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I am looking for a testosterone cream for a woman, I had a hysterectomy a couple of years ago and need some help in several areas. does anyone know where I can order a cream fda approved that is safe and works well, and what is the average strength that I should purchase? thank you for you help.

I am a 50 yr. old woman and was taking testosterone from a compounding pharmacy in gelpack form. That was way too strong and really boosted my libido to the other extreme. Now I’m taking it in bioidentical form along with progetserone (same capsule) in in a separate capusel, estrogen. More balanced, good libido, no problems/side effects.

I do not have any experience with a woman using testosterone.
My 69 year old husband who has the effects of CP, has been pushed for 2 years by his medical doctor to take testosterone for muscle tone & his heart. He does have a low PSA reading. His testosterone reading is 285.
How wise is it for him to take shots of testosterone?
Thanks for any help.
Rose Mary Bates

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