Royal College begins testing testosterone on women

Nick Panay, from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and consultant gynaecologist at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, told a General Practitioner’s conference, there was a need to tell women about the possible benefits of taking testosterone.

He said he believed testosterone should be made available to all women who could benefit. Loss of libido affects 15% of menopausal women.

He said patients who had taken testosterone had reported huge increases in their mood, energy, muscle strength and stamina.

Mr Panay said: “They go from feeling drained to being able to run marathons again.”

Since there are no licensed products available for women, he had to prescribe it “off-label” which he found “frustrating”.

All licensed testosterone medications are designed for men and have to be measured down for women, he said.

Dr Channa Jayasena, a clinical senior lecturer in endocrinology at Imperial College London, said testosterone can be given to women in much lower doses than men.

He said: “It’s mainly given in a patch. Women have both sex hormones – oestrogen but also testosterone – made by their adrenal glands and also the ovaries.

“It is a natural hormone but less is known about its effects.”


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