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University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center
Publish Date: 04/14/00
Media Contact: AHC Public Relations, (513) 558-4553
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Academic Health Research Explores Female Sex Drive

Cincinnati--Local research is now investigating the medical questions behind female sex drive. Like men, women face various issues related to sexual functioning. One common issue is sex drive or libido. Some women are satisfied with their libido, while others are not. Low sex drive can occur for many reasons. For some women, the cause of their low libido may be linked to a medical condition, such as the surgical removal of their uterus and both ovaries.

When a woman has surgery to remove her uterus and both ovaries (procedures called a hysterectomy and a bilateral salpingo oophorectomy), the onset of symptoms, normally associated with menopause, can take place almost immediately. Most women begin a regimen of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to counter the effects of menopause. Even still, a woman may experience physical and emotional changes when it comes to her sexuality and sexual desires.

Women, between the ages of 20 and 70, are needed to participate in the confidential research study. Researchers are looking for two different sets of women to participate in this trial. To qualify, a woman must either:
be satisfied with her current sex drive, and have both ovaries;
have a low sex drive, and have had her uterus and both ovaries removed.

All qualified participants will be asked to complete several questionnaires regarding their sexual activity, relationships, and general well-being. Women who are interested in learning more about this medical research study should call toll-free: (513) 584-4100.

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