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    An_241404 posted:
    I just reurned from my OB/GYN. I'm in the middle of menopause and have absolutly no libio left. i lone my husband and we have always had a fantastic sex life but since menopause , i have no desire. My dr. precribed Androgel 1% pump 1 time a day. i'm a little nervous because of the side effects but what worries me more is that i haven't seen any comments anywhere of use by women Can any one tell me if you've tried this and what kind of results you have gotten. Thanks for your imput. DS
    alwaysgiving responded:
    I'm 49 yr4s old, going thru perimenopause for the last 3 yrs.
    I am not a candidate for hormone replacement so I see an accupuncturist. take herbs & try to eat a well balanced diet.
    I have recently found the hot flashes to be double what they had been, my periods are very spratic (every 3-5 months) but when I get them they are very painful & I have zero energy.
    My libido has plummeted over the past year, nothing seems to help. My mother went thru this for almost 10 yrs...I cant imagine that there isnt help of some sort out there ! Any advise ?
    Rhondamay responded:
    I was prescribed a compounded version of low dose testosterone cream to raise my libido. I used it for six months and noticed absolutely no change. What I did find helpful was frequent sex with lots of lube and lots of foreplay. Even when I wasn't in the mood I forced myself. Before long I was back to a reasonable level of desire, not like when I was 25 but an acceptable level. I think testosterone therapy does help some women but it didn't work for me.

    Good luck,

    Mary Jane Minkin, MD responded:
    Dear DS,
    You've gotten some good input from folks here. Testosterone may help libido-and alas our FDA has not approved a dosage form for women in this country yet-the Androgel might be a bit strong for you-so you may want to use less than one pump-I usually have my patients get a compounded testosterone from a compounding pharmacy. Unfortunately, there is no drug like Viagra for women-so you need to use the testosterone on a daily basis-and it may take up to 3 months to kick in. If it doesn't really help after 3 months, I'd try something different. If you are experiencing vaginal dryness, you may want to try some vaginal estrogens to moisturize the tissue there. There are also over the counter moisturizers like Replens available.
    The North American Menopause society has some excellent information on libido and testosterone on its website, menopause .org.
    Good luck,
    Mary Jane
    bethhagan responded:
    too would really like to find something that would help i have been trying for over ten yrs. to find help with my libio, i thought god made us equal. yea right if thats the case then why did we get the same sex drive as men, and how is that there is more for men than women, could someone answer that question
    someonewhocares3 responded:
    I had a hyst/ooph in 2006 and my libido (and response for the most part too) have been MIA ever since. Testosterone hasn't helped me but I'd be curious if the Androgel works - haven't tried that.

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