Controlled studies on women presenting with sexual drive disorder: I. Endocrine status

Authors
Citation
A. Riley et E. Riley, Controlled studies on women presenting with sexual drive disorder: I. Endocrine status, J SEX MAR T, 26(3), 2000, pp. 269-283
Citations number
43
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Psycology
Journal title
JOURNAL OF SEX & MARITAL THERAPY
ISSN journal
0092-623X → ACNP
Volume
26
Issue
3
Year of publication
2000
Pages
269 - 283
Database
ISI
SICI code
0092-623X(200007/09)26:3<269:CSOWPW>2.0.ZU;2-M
Abstract
A single mid-cycle blood sample was obtained from 15 premenopausal female p atients presenting with lifelong absence of sexual drive and from a control group of women with intact sexual drive. Serum levels of testosterone, 5-d ihydrotestosterone (5-DHT), 17 beta oestradiol, sex hormone binding globuli n, and prolactin were measures and indices of free testosterone and 5-DHT w ere derived. During the menstrual cycle in which the blood samples were obt ained, the study subjects kept a diary of their sexual desire and activitie s. The only endocrine parameter that is significantly different between the two groups is free testosterone, which is lower in the patients than in th e control women. Associations between endocrine parameters and indices of s exual behavior were examined. In the control group, average daily sexual th oughts correlates positively with total testosterone, free testosterone ind ex, and free 5-DHT. Feeling of " need for sex " correlates positively with free 5-DHT index and free testosterone index. Experience of sexual thoughts correlates with need for sex, and average frequency of masturbation correl ates with free testosterone index.