Jane Fonda Says Testosterone Helped Her Sex Life
The Oscar-winning actress and fitness icon, 73, reported to the UK daily the Telegraph that she started taking the male hormone at 70.
"Here's something I haven't said publicly yet," she noted in an interview. "I discovered testosterone about three years ago, which makes a huge difference if you want to remain sexually active and your libido has dropped."
WebMD reports that though testosterone supplements aren't officially approved for use by women, they've been proven to boost a woman's sex drive -- women who use testosterone have been shown to have more sexual thoughts and fantasies, as well as more satisfying sex.
The supplements may be especially helpful for women who have had their ovaries removed or who have experienced certain adrenal or pituitary gland problems, as well as those whose libido has fallen behind for whatever reason.
However, testosterone should not be taken by women who could become pregnant, or by women who currently have or have in the past had breast or uterine cancer, high cholesterol levels, heart disease, or liver disease, WebMD reports.
As for Fonda's use, "I had to stop because it was giving me acne," she reported. "It's one thing having plastic surgery, but it is quite another to have adolescence acne. That is going too far."