Libido patches ‘have little effect’

Hormone patches to increase female desire may not work, say researchers

Researchers have raised a question mark over the effectiveness of testosterone patches, used by women to boost sex drive.

Results from trials on the patches were analysed by researchers, who concluded that they may not work. They also said the long-term safety of testosterone patches is “not proven”, reports the Daily Mail.

Proctor and Gamble’s Intrinsa patch is prescribed to boost libido in women after a hysterectomy. It releases testosterone slowly but, according to researchers, women prescribed a placebo or dummy patch also reported an improved sex drive.

This may suggest that the problem is not low hormone levels, suggest the researchers in the Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin.

The authors also point out side-effects such as hair loss, insomnia and migraines.

Doctors involved in the trials countered that even if the increase in libido is small, it could “transform the quality of life” for many women.


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