A patient complains of low libido or problems with arousal and is concerned that these might be a side effects of diminishing estrogen.
Postmenopausal patients may be concerned that their lack of sexual desire is related to the lack of estrogen associated with menopause. Despite popular media suggesting otherwise, current research does not support the theory that prescribing estrogen for sexual concerns is recommended. However, in those cases where sexual concerns appear to be secondary to other issues of discomfort associated with menopause such as hot flushes, sleep disruption or vaginal atrophy, prescribing estrogen may be helpful.
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