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Low testosterone affects 75% of women with sexual dysfunction

According to the survey, are required minimum levels of this hormone so that there is activation of the brain's pleasure center

 
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Hormonal evaluation made on women by researchers at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) showed that of the patients treated with some sexual dysfunction Hospital of UFMG, 75% were female androgen insufficiency syndrome, characterized by low levels of testosterone. Testosterone has direct action on specific receptors related to pleasure and female sexual response, explains gynecologist Fabiene Bernardes Castro Valley, author of the study. For the study, we evaluated 60 women aged 18 to 44 years.

According to the study, are required minimum levels of this hormone so that there is activation of the brain's pleasure center. The drop in their levels, as occurs in some women at the end of 20 years, has been demonstrated as the cause of low libido.

The mechanisms responsible for female sexual response are complex, dynamic and not yet fully understood, says Fabiene. What is known, however, is that anatomic abnormalities, neuroendocrine imbalances or decrease in sex hormones can lead to sexual dysfunction adds.

For the obstetrician, the high rate of women affected by these conditions shows that this is an issue that has to be treated as a public health problem. The World Health Organization now recognizes sexuality as a central aspect of our lives, and sexual health as a right guaranteed to all. But it still is not seen with the amount due, criticizes.

The high rate of women affected by these conditions shows that this is an issue that has to be treated as a public health problem

<b> Progress and prospects </ b>

Despite the prejudice, sexual medicine had an important advance in recent years, especially in relation to female sexual health. One example was the Paris Consensus, held in 2002, in order to discuss contemporary sexual health issues. Among the results of this meeting is the definition of being a female sexual dysfunction, identified as persistent and recurrent disorder of desire or sexual interest, arousal and subjective genital orgasm and pain or difficulty to allow or complete sexual intercourse.

<b> big view </ b>

Fabiene emphasizes that biological factors such as hormonal changes, are only part of the problem, which also involves psychological and social factors. Currently, the most accepted model to explain the sexual response in women emphasizes the importance of emotional intimacy with the partner's own perception and satisfaction of sexual desire and need.

Aiming to expand this concept, the study was conducted with patients who had no psychological problems, social or relationship. We wanted to isolate these factors, in terms of size of the influence of hormonal changes, explains Fabiene. Paraa researcher, the next step is to try to quantify these changes. We only know that hormonal changes, especially the decrease in free testosterone, are common in these women, he says. With this new data in hand you can prepare better approach for the treatment provides.

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