New Treatments for Female Sexual Dysfunction: Are they Safe and Effective for Older Post-Menopausal Women?

  • Janelle Sobecki-RauschEmail author
  • Stacy Tessler Lindau
Clinical Therapeutics (B McCarthy and R Segraves, Section Editors)
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Topical Collection on Clinical Therapeutics
  2. Topical Collection on Clinical Therapeutics


Purpose of Review

Several new modalities for treatment of female sexual function problems have been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This review summarizes current evidence about recently approved medications to inform treatment of sexual function problems in women older than 65 years.

Recent Findings

Published studies leading to FDA approval of treatment modalities were efficacy trials not widely applicable to the general population. The clinical effectiveness of these modalities remains unknown. Although some studies have included post-menopausal women, few have included women older than 65 years.


Health care providers need current information about safety and effectiveness of these new treatments for all women, including the fast-growing population of older post-menopausal women. Exclusion of older women from studies of treatments for female sexual function problems presents a barrier to treatment.


Sexual dysfunction Post-menopausal Women 



Stacy Tessler Lindau reports a grant from the Ellie Fund at Jewish Women’s Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago to the University of Chicago; reports being a member of the board of the Scientific Network on Female Sexual Health and Cancer; reports being a founder, co-owner, and investor in NowPow, LLC; reports investments in Glenbervie Health; reports stocks and mutual funds, including some with healthcare relevance, that are managed by third parties; and reports being contracted to be a peer reviewer for UpToDate, which will pay small fees to the University of Chicago for this activity.

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Conflict of Interest

Janelle Sobecki-Rausch declares no potential conflicts of interest.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Gynecologic Oncology, Department of Obstetrics and GynecologyUniversity of Wisconsin-MadisonMadisonUSA
  2. 2.Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Medicine-GeriatricsThe University of ChicagoChicagoUSA

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