Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Testosterone May Hold Key to Libido

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Testosterone May Hold Key to Libido

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NEW YORK -- Say your love light is off -- you would rather sleep than seduce. Say you miss those lascivious urges, their glorious satisfactions. Say you want to do something about it, but aren't sure what.

To the rescue is Susan Rako, a Boston psychiatrist who found her libido challenged 12 years ago and became an expert in testosterone.

"Testosterone is also a female sex hormone," said Rako, author of The Hormone of Desire: The Truth about Testosterone, Sexuality and Menopause (Three Rivers Press, $12). Because men "have 20 to 28 times" as much, many women don't even know that their bodies produce testosterone -- or that they need it.

Testosterone replacement is not an answer for women under 45 who find their libidos running on empty, Rako stresses, although they can get other kinds of help.

But those who suffer testosterone loss because of menopause are good candidates.

The catch? "There has been a lot of resistance to knowing and accepting that women's bodies need testosterone" for their overall health as well as sexual function, Rako said. …

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