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Viagra for women?

26th March 2007

A low-dose testosterone patch will be available on the NHS to women wanting to boost their sex drive.

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The patch will only be available to women who have experienced an early menopause due to surgery and is thought to be the first of its kind. Up to a million women a year have surgery to remove their ovaries due to conditions such as heavy bleeding and severe pelvic pain. Whilst the surgery relieves women of their symptoms, it does leave them depleted of testosterone; the body’s natural controller of sexual desire and arousal. A third of the women who have the procedure report a drop in sexual appetite.

Intrinsa, made by Proctor and Gamble, is a clear patch worn on the abdomen which replaces the hormone and therefore restores sexual desire. In tests, 74% of women said wearing the patch led to an increase in satisfying sex. Intrinsa is the first treatment for women with a low sex drive and will be available on prescription to those who have had a hysterectomy from April. Proctor and Gamble are keen to avoid any references to the patch as the ‘female Viagra’ as they say there are may reasons for a low sex drive in women and medical intervention is just one of a series of treatments that should be considered.

A spokesperson from the Daisy Network, a support group for women with premature menopause, said, “Intrinsa offers real medical hope to these women as studies showed that the patch increases sexual desire and satisfying sexual activity while reducing associated distress."

 

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