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Testosterone therapy: Is it for women?

Some try testosterone to boost a sagging libido, but this therapy is still unproven in women.

You've probably seen those TV ads targeted to men with "low T," a drop in testosterone level that often occurs with age. Because this male hormone is an instrumental component in sexual desire, declining libido is a common symptom of "low T." Men with this condition may be treated with testosterone therapy to improve their sex drive and relieve other symptoms.

Women's bodies also produce testosterone. In fact, we use it to make a form of estrogen called estradiol. As we get older, our testosterone levels decline, too. Yet you won't see the same "low T" sales pitches directed to women, in part because no testosterone product is FDA-approved for our gender.

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