A lot of women stand to be benefited by the new hormone pill, which comes with the promise of relieving menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats in addition to giving a boost to sex life by making a prominent difference in the experience of sexual satisfaction.
The pill has been produced by a team of Italian researchers at the University of Pisa. It is said to contain low doses of the dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) hormone. This hormone is produced by the body and improves sexual satisfaction in women, apart from helping with menopausal symptoms.
Menopause in women tends to bring about a decrease in libido, with hot flashes being the most common and problematic side effects. The new pill seems to be an answer to both these problems.
As part of their research, scientists tested the pill with 48 women experiencing menopausal symptoms. While 12 women decided to avoid Hormone Replacement Therapy out of these, the others went ahead with it. These 12 women were put on Vitamin D and calcium supplements and the remaining 36 were further divided into two groups. The first group comprised of 12 women who were given DHEA and the remaining 24 were given the usual HRT pills containing estrogen and progesterone, or the synthetic steroid Tibolone, commonly known as Livial.
The women were observed for a period of 12 months. During this period their menopausal symptoms and sexual interest and activity were constantly measured with the help of standard questionnaires. When the results were compiled it was found that women receiving HRT supplements demonstrated a marked improvement in menopausal symptoms. However, no change was seen in the group taking vitamin D and calcium.
For women taking HRT the score measuring levels of sexual satisfaction after taking DHEA pills reached 48.6 while that of women taking calcium and vitamin D was 34.9. This score was calculated from their answers on questions related to sexual interest and activity.