Testosterone supplementation for hypoactive sexual desire disorder in women.

Journal Article (Review;Journal Article)

Over 50% of women are believed to be affected by female sexual dysfunction (FSD). When particularly distressful, FSD is known as hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD). In contrast to male sexual dysfunction that has been extensively researched, there is less evidence addressing the treatment of HSDD in women, particularly with regard to the use of androgen therapy. A variety of testosterone products, including oral, injectable, and transdermal preparations, has been prescribed for the treatment of HSDD in premenopausal women, as well as in those with naturally occurring or surgically induced menopause. Although studies have shown some benefit with testosterone supplementation in women with HSDD, conflicting evidence and debate regarding the clinical efficacy of testosterone remain. Because of concern over potential adverse events, additional studies with longer follow-up periods are necessary before use of testosterone in women with HSDD becomes widespread. Initiation of testosterone therapy must be considered on an individual basis after a thorough discussion with the patient about risks and benefits.

Full Text

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Woodis, CB; McLendon, AN; Muzyk, AJ

Published Date

  • January 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 32 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 38 - 53

PubMed ID

  • 22392827

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1875-9114

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0277-0008

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/phar.1004


  • eng