San Antonio (Texas), Oct. 16: Scientists may have found the female Viagra — a testosterone patch that boosts a woman’s sex drive and makes love-making more satisfying.
Studies of the hormone patches, carried out at an Oxford hospital, found that they enhanced the libido of women suffering from lowered sex drives after removal of their ovaries.
The same hormone treatment could also improve sex lives of the estimated four out of 10 women thought to suffer from sexual dysfunction, the researchers believe.
Although testosterone is often described as the “male sex hormone”, it is produced by the ovaries and adrenal glands.
Women whose ovaries are removed before the menopause lose about half of their normal testosterone and can suffer from a lowered sex drive.
The study looked at the effects and safety of the patches on 77 women for 24 weeks.
The women had all gone through a “surgical menopause” and complained of a low sex drive.
Those wearing the patches reported improvements in sexual satisfaction, orgasms, arousal and self image.