Global Consensus Guidelines on Use of Testosterone in Women
Learning Objectives and CME/Disclosure Information
This activity is intended for healthcare providers delivering care to women and their families.
After completing this activity, the participant should be better able to:
1. Discuss the role of testosterone treatment for sexual disorders in premenopausal and postmenopausal women 2. Describe the impact of testosterone therapy on mood disorders and general wellbeing in postmenopausal women
Estimated time to complete activity: 0.25 hours
Susan J. Gross, MD, FRCSC, FACOG, FACMG
President and CEO, The ObG Project
Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest
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The PIM planners and others have nothing to disclose. The OBG Project planners and others have nothing to disclose.
Faculty: Susan J. Gross, MD, receives consulting fees from Cradle Genomics, and has financial interest in The ObG Project, Inc.
Planners and Managers: The PIM planners and managers, Trace Hutchison, PharmD, Samantha Mattiucci, PharmD, CHCP, Judi Smelker-Mitchek, MBA, MSN, RN, and Jan Schultz, MSN, RN, CHCP have nothing to disclose.
Method of Participation and Request for Credit
Fees for participating and receiving CME credit for this activity are as posted on The ObG Project website. During the period from 1/15/2020 through 07/15/2022, participants must read the learning objectives and faculty disclosures and study the educational activity.
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Joint Accreditation Statement
In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by the Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and The ObG Project. Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
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Designated for 0.1 contact hours of pharmacotherapy credit for Advance Practice Registered Nurses.
A global consensus position statement (2019) on the use of testosterone in women was published and endorsed by NAMS, RCOG, RANZCOG, The International Menopause Society, The Endocrine Society, The European Menopause and Andropause Society, The International Society for Sexual Medicine, The International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health, The Federacion Latinoamericana de Sociedades de Climaterio y Menopausia, The International Society of Endocrinology and The Endocrine Society of Australia. The statement addresses the available evidence and states
No cut-off blood level can be used for any measured circulating androgen to differentiate women with and without sexual dysfunction
There are insufficient data to make any recommendations regarding the use of testosterone in premenopausal women for treatment of sexual function or any other outcome
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
Testosterone treatment of hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) with/or without concurrent estrogen therapy (dosing approximately physiological premenopausal levels) is beneficial for the following (Level 1, Grade A evidence)
Increased: Satisfying sexual event (1 per month) | Subdomains of sexual desire, arousal, orgasmic function, pleasure and sexual responsiveness
Decreased: Sexual concerns including sexual distress
Note: Above recommendations and evidence for use of testosterone in HSDD in postmenopausal women are specific for approximate physiologic doses and not supraphysiological that may occur with injectables, pellets or compounded preparations
Benefit of testosterone use has not been found for the following
Bone mineral density (spine and hip at 12
mass, total body fat or muscle strength
effect (physiologic dosage)
HSDD diagnosis and female sexual arousal
HSDD and FSAD are 2 distinct conditions with
clinical overlap but distinct etiologies
Diagnosis of HSDD should be based on clinical
assessement and diagnostic criteria (e.g., ISSWSH or ICD 11th
Use of systemic DHEA in postmenopausal women
with normal adrenal function is not recommended for HSDD
Does not significantly improve libido or sexual
Meta-analyses of the available data show no severe adverse events during physiological testosterone use, with the caveat that women at high cardiometabolic risk were excluded from study populations. The safety of long-term testosterone therapy has not been established.
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Disclosure of Unlabeled Use
This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA. The planners of this activity do not recommend the use of any agent outside of the labeled indications.
The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of the planners. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.
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presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patient’s conditions and possible contraindications and/or dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.
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