Glossary - F

FDA:

Food and Drug Administration, a regulatory body for pharmaceutical and device products in the United States.

Female Androgen Insufficiency Syndrome:

A pattern of clinical symptoms in the presence of decreased “unbound” or calculated free testosterone and normal estrogen status. The syndrome includes a multitude of symptoms, including decreased sexual interest, decreased energy, tiredness, and depression.

Female Sexual Dysfunction (FSD):

Persistent or recurrent disorder, both psychological and physiological, of desire, arousal, orgasm, and/or pain causing personal distress.

Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI):

A widely used self-report questionnaire that has been extensively validated in numerous clinical trials of women with female sexual arousal disorder, hypoactive sexual desire disorder, sexual pain disorders, and multiple sexual dysfunctions. The FSFI consists of nineteen items that assess women’s sexual feelings and responses in the areas of sexual desire, subjective sexual arousal, lubrication, orgasm, satisfaction with sexual activity, and pain.

Fibroids:

A benign growth in the wall of the uterus composed of fibrous and muscle tissue, often associated with painful cramps and excessive menstrual flow.

Free Testosterone Level:

The fraction of testosterone that is “unbound.” Free testosterone values can be measured by a blood test called “analog free testosterone,” however this test is not reliable. “Unbound” testosterone can be calculated online using albumin, total testosterone, and sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) blood values. “Calculated free testosterone” is one of the best ways to determine whether a woman is capable of producing sufficient “unbound” testosterone for her physiologic needs. See Androgen Therapy

Frenulum:

The highly sensitive tissues that emanate to the left and right off the lower aspect of the glans clitoris. The right and left frenulae continue to form the right and left labia minora. The frenulae may be among the most sensitive locations of the woman’s genital area.

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