Why Women need testosterone jabs to help boost their sex drive after the menopause, medical experts say

Health experts back giving testosterone hormone to women with low sex drive. A flagging libido may be triggered by hormone changes during the menopause. Experts say the hormone should be prescribed to women with low sex drives

Why Women need testosterone jabs to help boost their sex drive after the menopause, medical experts say
The experts say it should be prescribed to women who have ‘hypoactive sexual desire disorder’, meaning they have a low sex drive, or a disorder which makes them less likely to become aroused and causes distress [File photo]

Health experts back giving testosterone hormone to women with low sex drive. A flagging libido may be triggered by hormone changes during the menopause. Experts say the hormone should be prescribed to women with low sex drives

International medical experts have backed testosterone prescriptions for women who have a low sex drive following the menopause.

Almost a third of middle-aged women suffer from a flagging libido, which may be triggered by hormone changes during the menopause.

Women’s health experts from nine leading medical societies conclude those given testosterone – often in the form of patches, gels and sprays – see an increase in desire and pleasure during sex and a reduction in ‘sexual distress’

The benefits happen when testosterone is topped up to the amount in the body pre-menopause.

The experts say it should be prescribed to women who have ‘hypoactive sexual desire disorder’, meaning they have a low sex drive, or a disorder which makes them less likely to become aroused and causes distress. 

Testosterone, they say, does not cause serious medical side effects – although it can increase acne and facial hair.

Dr Nicholas Panay, a lecturer at Imperial College London and general secretary of the International Menopause Society, who signed the statement, said: ‘Testosterone supplementation can restore sexual quality of life and “joie de vivre” in women.’