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Patch improves women's sex drive

A patch targeted at women who have lost their sex drive is set to be offered by the NHS.

Intrinsa will be available to postmenopausal women with sexual problems on prescription only. Attached to the abdomen, the patch releases a low dose of testosterone into the bloodstream.

In tests involving 500 women who were experiencing loss of sex drive due to the removal of the ovaries during a hysterectomy, 74% reported improvement while using Intrinsa, made by Procter and Gamble.

However, some health professionals question whether the treatment adequately confronts the problem.

Dr Jim Kennedy, prescribing spokesman for the Royal College of GPs, told the BBC: "There are a variety reasons for low sex drive, such as psychological reasons and the environment the person is in, for example if there are children around.

"Doctors will be looking to address all these reasons; they will not just resort to a single medical treatment."

The NHS provides Viagra, a drug that enhances male sex drive, to men with certain conditions, such as prostate cancer or multiple sclerosis.

From www.netdoctor.co.uk 27/3/07