Would you risk growing a beard in exchange for raised libido?

I don’t think so… but according to latest scientific research, it has been shown that women who take a testosterone supplement can experience raised libido, improved muscle performance and body composition (which is also often lost during menopause) and an improvement in general physical performance. The tests were carried out on women who had undergone surgery to have either a hysterectomy or oophorectomy (the removal of the ovaries), which is usually a treatment of cancer or other hormone related illnesses such as endometriosis, as this often leads to a decline in hormones and can sometimes (more often than not) bring about early menopause.

The research was carried out at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where a group of 71 women were given either doses of testosterone or a placebo over the course of 24 weeks. The results showed that women who took the 24mg testosterone supplement, saw improvements in sexual libido and in general physical function.

However, the results could come at a price. Concerns over taking the supplement have arisen after it has been known for some women to experience ‘masculine’ side effects such as unwanted hair growth, acne and lower voice tone. It is not known what effect testosterone would have on the body over a longer period of time.

So if you’re feeling down about your sex life, you can always talk to your doctor about your options with HRT (whether it be oestrogen or testosterone you take) . But just remember to buy a stash of razors, or at least book a waxing appointment with your beautician, just in case.

To read the original article, click on the link below:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/11/131127110505.htm

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