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Latest News from the ISSM - April 15, 2016 Member Login
Recommendations: Hormones and Female Sexual Health

A team of Australian and American researchers has made some recommendations on the role of hormones in female sexual dysfunction (FSD). 

At the Fourth International Consultation on Sexual Medicine, held last June in Madrid, experts noted that research on hormones and women's sexual problems focused mainly on estrogens and androgens. 

However, some women are taking other hormones, such as oxytocin, prolactin, and progesterone, either off label or over the counter.  

To learn more about these hormones, the research team examined related studies published over the past twenty years. They also reviewed studies on endocrine disorders that can contribute to FSD, like polycystic ovary syndrome and diabetes. 

After analyzing the literature, the authors made a list of ten recommendations concerning hormones and FSD.

For example, they wrote that there is not enough evidence to support treatment with oxytocin. Progestogen-only therapy was not recommended. 

They authors also pointed out that the possible association between FSD and metabolic syndrome needed more research. Type 1 and type 2 diabetes did increase the risk of FSD, they added. 

Please see the entire list of recommendations here. 

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