Menopause and Loss of Libido – The Joy of Sex Post Menopause

by Laura Ramirez on July 15, 2011

Menopause and loss of libido is a problem for millions of women in the United States and around the world. This issue, perhaps more than any other symptom of menopause, adversely affects mature relationships since sexual satisfaction is a primary factor in marriage and long term relationships.ᅠ

The loss of sexual interest in post menopausal women is related to declining hormones, in particular testosterone which is responsible for a woman’s sex drive and is also related to energy levels. Lower levels of testosterone lead to what doctors call FSD (female sexual dysfunction). LibiGel ®, a new testosterone gel from BioSante (a company that manufactures products for female sexual health and the treatment of certain cancers), is designed to treat this problem.ᅠ

BioSante’s first FDA-approved product is Elestrin™ (estradiol gel) indicated for the treatment of hot flashes associated with menopause, marketed in the US by Azur Pharma, BioSante’s licensee. As BioSante’s lead product LibiGel ® (transdermal testosterone gel), for the treatment of female sexual dysfunction gets closer to market, the company is now on the radar.ᅠBioSante also is developing a portfolio of cancer vaccines

We believe the market for a drug for female sexual dysfunction is potentially bigger than the market for erectile dysfunction drugs, a $2 billion market if the U.S., and male testosterone, a $1.3 billion market in the U.S. Our belief is based on current off-label use of products to treat female sexual dysfunction as well as publications that indicate the potential size of the market for treatment of female sexual dysfunction. It has been over 13 years since Viagra was approved and we believe strongly that women deserve an FDA-approved therapeutic choice for their sexual health issues.

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Menopause and loss of libido can be relieved with testosterone for women.

Can menopause and loss of libido be a thing of the past with products like this? Can women in their 60’s and beyond experience the same satisfaction from sexual encounters that they did in their youth without the ecstasy being diluted by fears of pregnancy? As a women who is post menopausal, I sure hope so!

Although LibiGel is still being studied, so far, studies have shown promising results. A pea-sized drop of gel placed on the upper arm and rubbed into the skin has been shown to “significantlyᅠincrease the number of satisfying sexual events in surgically menopausal women suffering from FSD by 238 percent versus baseline.” The product was also shown to be effective when compared with a placebo.

What do you think about this topic? Would you be willing to give testosterone gel a try? In the meantime, what are you doing to keep your libido up? Please leave your comments.

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