Testosterone Therapy for Women has been in the news. The first Global Consensus Position Statement on the Use of Testosterone Therapy for Women has been published by an international panel.

Global Consensus Position Statement

What is the conclusion of the first Global Consensus Position Statement on the Use of Testosterone Therapy for Women?

The conclusion of the Global Consensus Position Statement on the Use of Testosterone Therapy for Women – endorsed by 11 organizations – published online 02 September 2019, is:

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“Summary and Key Messages

The international panel concluded the only evidence-based indication for testosterone therapy for women is for the treatment of HSDD, with available data supporting a moderate therapeutic effect, in postmenopausal women. There are insufficient data to support the use of testosterone for the treatment of any other symptom or clinical condition, or for disease prevention”.

What is HSDD?

HSDD can be an abbreviation for Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder/Dysfunction.

Endorsement

What organizations have endorsed this global consensus consensus statement?

On page one in the Global Consensus Position Statement on the Use of Testosterone Therapy for Women – the 11 organizations are:

“This Position Statement has been endorsed by the:
  1. International Menopause Society
  2. Endocrine Society
  3. European Menopause and Andropause Society
  4. International Society for Sexual Medicine
  5. International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health
  6. North American Menopause Society
  7. Federacion Latino Americana de Sociedades de Climaterio y Menopausia
  8. Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
  9. International Society of Endocrinology
  10. Endocrine Society of Australia
  11. Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists”.

Australasian Menopause Society

What have the Australasian Menopause Society (AMS) (Australia and New Zealand) explained about this global consensus position statement?

Testosterone Treatment for WomenIn International Consensus on Testosterone Treatment for Women the AMS elaborate on:

“The Global Position Statement was developed to inform health care professionals of the known benefits and potential risks of testosterone therapy for women. The aims were to provide clear guidance as to which women might benefit from testosterone therapy; identify symptoms, signs, and conditions for which evidence does not support the prescribing of testosterone; explore areas of uncertainty; and to identify any prescribing practices that have the potential to cause harm”.

Jean Hailes for Women’s Health

What have the (Australian) Jean Hailes for Women’s Health explained about this global consensus position statement?

Testosterone Therapy for WomenIn International Consensus on Testosterone Treatment for Women the (Australian) Jean Hailes for Women’s Health (JH) explain:

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“They concluded that testosterone can be effective at improving sexual wellbeing for postmenopausal women with Hypoactive Sexual Desire Dysfunction (HSDD). Recognised benefits included improved sexual desire, arousal, orgasm and pleasure, together with reduced concerns and distress about sex”.

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What if I am considering testosterone therapy?

If you are considering testosterone therapy, it may be in your best interest to choose to talk to your health care provider about this.

In Menopause Management: Menopausal Hormone Therapy (MHT) – What Are the Risks of Testosterone Therapy? the JH elaborate on:

“If you are considering testosterone therapy, talk to your doctor to gain a clear understanding of what is currently known about this therapy. It is essential for women undergoing testosterone treatment to be supervised by doctors who are experts in this area”.

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Last Updated: 02 October 2019 – Last Revised: 16 September 2019
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