Women's Youth Elixir

Reporter: Tineka Everaardt

She may not act it .. feel it...or look it... but this woman is about to celebrate her 72nd birthday

Cecilia Morris's elixir of youth is the hormone testosterone...

"If someone said to me, you can't have your testosterone (cut) i would be so mortified if my lifestyle were to change." Said Cecilia

Husband Ian loves her new lease on life...

"I think your energy came back, energy in every sense, just a sense of vitality." Said Ian

In 2007 this author was struck down by cancer of the uterus and following a hysterectomy ...

"I was getting old, i was getting tired and i was unhappy, i wasn't interested in an intimate life, i thought well this is coming to a shrinking end pretty early." Said Cecilia

That's when Cecilia's oncologist recommended she join a Monash university testosterone trial...

"I can say i feel better now than i have thorough my life." Said Cecilia

And this couple's intimate life is now just as active...

Professor Susan Davis from Monash University is a world renowned guru on testosterone for women... She's currently recruiting women in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Perth aged 18-65 to be part of a research trial - into what's being labelled 'female viagra'..

"We're giving women a single dose and it's delivered through a nasal gel. So a gel is applied just inside the nostrils, it's absorbed very quickly so you get a quick pique level and that results in an acute level to the brain and an acute level to the genitalia and as a result, women have an increased capacity to achieve an orgasm." Said Susan

Other reported benefits... include an increased sense of welling and vitality...

"Testosterone is a really important hormone for women. Women at any given time have more testosterone circulating in their blood than estrogen." Said Susan

Despite testimonials, research and decades of use... Testosterone is not available for women in every state... The Therapeutic goods administration won't consider approving its use for women - until a sponsor - such as a pharmaceutical company applies to register the product in Australia with evidence that it's safe and effective

Michael Buckley from Lawley Pharmaceutical's supplies a female testosterone cream called androfeme.. and says "it is legal for pharmacies to dispense a script and send it interstate."

He claims women don't have to worry about sprouting hair, getting muscles or having voice changes... as long as their dose is low...

"It's important for women who are having testosterone to have their blood levels monitored and that's something their doctors do." Said Michael Buckley

But while this hormone is producing exciting results for many... it may not be the silver bullet for everyone...

"Testosterone will not work for every woman and it's because sexual function is so complex." Said Susan

"If you're feeling well it's all past, no it's not, just put your hand up and ask, and keep asking." Said Cecilia

More information

Women's Health Research Program

Trial number: 1800 998 055