Sexual desire in women presenting for anti-androgen therapy

Conaglen, Helen M. and Conaglen, John V. 2003, Sexual desire in women presenting for anti-androgen therapy, Journal of sex and marital therapy, vol. 29, no. 4, pp. 255-267, doi: 10.1080/00926230390195498.

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Title Sexual desire in women presenting for anti-androgen therapy
Author(s) Conaglen, Helen M.
Conaglen, John V.
Journal name Journal of sex and marital therapy
Volume number 29
Issue number 4
Start page 255
End page 267
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication New York, N.Y.
Publication date 2003-07
ISSN 0092-623X
Summary Women presenting with hirsuties/polycystic ovary syndrome have increased production of androgens. Clinical lore suggests that these women may have increased sexual desire. Treatment of hirsuties commonly involves antiandrogen therapy, a form of therapy with a potential for reducing sexual desire. The present study investigated sexual desire in 29 hirsute women aged 19 to 43 years presenting for therapy. We conducted a questionnaire appraisal of the women's sexual desire, body and self-esteem, and affect at baseline, 3 months, and 12 months and compared the data with a control group of 30 nonhirsute women of similar mean age. Those in the treatment group also had their Ferriman and Gallwey scores and body mass indices calculated at baseline and end of study for those in the treatment group. We determined hormone levels for those in the treatment group with baseline blood tests. Our hypotheses were that the hirsute women would experience different levels of sexual desire than the control group prior to therapy and that therapy would have a demonstrable effect on the self-reported sexual desire of these women. The study demonstrated that women with hirsuties had mean levels of sexual desire and body esteem that were significantly lower than the control group women. During the year-long course of therapy, the sexual desire levels of the hirsute women decreased progressively, while their self-esteem increased. The women's Ferriman and Gallwey scores fell, indicating diminishing hirsutism. These findings provide empirical data upon which clinicians can base advice to patients seeking therapy.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/00926230390195498
Field of Research 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2003, Brunner-Routledge
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