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New Study:

A Potential Treatment for Women Concerned about Low Libido

Researchers are inviting female participants across Australia and New Zealand. Click here to see all of the locations

General information about the study

What is low libido or low sex drive?

Libido, also known as your sex drive, can vary from woman to woman and there is no right or wrong level. Many women will experience low libido at some time in their lives[1]. Low libido can include absence of sexual thoughts or fantasies, loss of desire for, or interest in sexual activity and loss of response to a partner initiating sexual activity. For many women this can cause anxiety, frustration, guilt or sadness. A medical term Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder/Dysfunction (HSDD) is used when women experience loss of sexual desire that causes them personal distress. HSDD can only be diagnosed after other factors such as depression, relationship issues and discomfort with sex have been excluded. [1]

What is the study about?

This study is exploring a new nasal spray as a potential treatment for women with low libido or low sex drive that causes them personal distress (HSDD). The aim of the study is to measure the effect of 3 different doses administered daily, compared to placebo on sexual desire levels in women with low libido or HSDD. The study is also evaluating the treatment’s effect on the degree to which low libido or low sex drive bothers participants taking part in the study.

Click here to view this study's entry in the ANZCTR, which is an online registry of clinical trials being undertaken in Australia, New Zealand and elsewhere.

Inclusion Criteria

As an eligible participant, you must:

  • Be a pre-menopausal woman in a stable relationship for 1 year or more
  • Have low libido/low sexual interest or responsiveness and be concerned about this
  • Be 21 to 50 years old (inclusive)
  • Have a body mass index (BMI) of less than 38kg/m2 (BMI is used to determine whether you are in a healthy weight range for your height and is calculated by BMI = kg/m2 where kg is a person's weight in kilograms and m2 is their height in metres squared)
  • Be able to attend clinic visits 5 times over a 16-week period

Exclusion Criteria

You will not be eligible to participate in this study if any of the following apply to you:

  • If you have ever experienced severe hypersensitivity to drugs
  • If you are pregnant, breastfeeding or have given birth in the last 12 months
  • If you have uncontrolled high blood pressure and/or uncontrolled diabetes, or any other active major health issue

Study Sites

As part of the registration process, you will be asked to choose which site you would prefer to attend. Below is a map of all of the sites who are currently recruiting for this study.

Register Your Interest