Androgens and female sexual dysfunction

Susan Davis MBBS, FRACP, PhD

Sexual problems experienced by women include: i) Low interest or motivation to engage in sexual activity (libido), ii) Diminished capacity for vaginal lubrication and arousal, iii) Difficulty achieving /or absent orgasm, and/or iv) Dyspareunia Usually in the context of a sexual relationship these problems are associated with a decrease in the frequency and pleasure of sexual activity and can become a source of tension and distress for the individual and her partner. Androgens have widespread actions in women through the androgen receptor and as an obligatory precursors for ovarian and extra-gonadal oestrogen production

 

 

Conflict of Interest: Consultant For Procter & Gamble, Acrux And Organon
Financial Support/Funding: NHMRC, Procter & Gamble, Acrux And Organon
Sydney Australia, April 2007

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Susan Davis MBBS, FRACP, PhD

Professor of Women’s Health, Monash University, and Director of the Monash University National Health and Medical Research Council Centre of Clinical Research Excellence in Women’s Health, Victoria, Australia. Her research is focused on the consequences of sex steroid deficiency in women and identifying modifiable factors that will improve the health and wellbeing of women in middle and later life.  
Professor Davis is a member of Monash University Council and is past President of the Australasian Menopause Society. She has published over 200 peer reviewed manuscripts and has been the recipient of numerous awards, including an NHMRC Research Scholarship from 1986 to 1988, the Robert Greenblatt Prize for Research of the International Menopause Society 1993, the Glenn Aging Award of the US Endocrine Society 2000, the Glaxo-Welcome Diabetes Education Award 2000, the Barbara Gross Award of the Australasian Menopause Society 2002, the inaugural North American Menopause Society Androgen Research Award 2003 and the Australasian Menopause Society Annual Scientific Award 2006.

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