The therapeutic use of androgens in women

@article{Davis1999TheTU,
  title={The therapeutic use of androgens in women},
  author={Susan R. Davis},
  journal={The Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology},
  year={1999},
  volume={69},
  pages={177-184}
}
  • S. Davis
  • Published 1 April 1999
  • Medicine
  • The Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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TLDR
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TLDR
There are preliminary, though promising, data on the use of estradiol to alleviate depression during perimenopause, use of a combination of estrogens and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors for depression during the postmenopausal period, and theUse of testosterone to improve psychological well-being and increase libido among women with induced menopause.

Treatment of Menopause-Related Mood Disturbances

TLDR
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