Earlier this month, the little pink pill, female Viagra which is claimed to increase both sexual drive and pleasure in women came close to going on sale to help women (who are often more reserved about their sexual drives relative to men) in boosting their libido.
Since the release of the original erectile-boasting drug in 2003 by drug giant Pfizer, there has been a reported estimate of £1.2 billion in sales annually making it a best-seller if its sales are anything to go by.
With many women experiencing a lack of sex-drive, especially after childbirth, female Viagra does have a huge market. In Australia the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute studied 1,500 new mothers and their findings were that after having a baby, the majority of couples interviewed had less sex.
There have been attempts over the years to produce a pill that boosts libido in women to no avail. Viagra for men works by enhancing the flow of blood to the genitals. This was tested in women in 2004 by Pfizer. It did result in increased arousal or more regular sex though it increased the flow of blood.
A different approach involving giving the male sex hormone testosterone to women to boost their desires was tried. It helped in some cases but there can be unfortunate side effects to gets and patches including developing male characteristics like body hair. Fears that that linked them to blot clots also existed.
The first drug to treat low sexual desire in women is now set to go on sale. A U.S FDA (Food and Drug Administration advisory panel, earlier this month, voted that a drug, Flibanserin, be given conditional approval. Addyi is the brand name under which the drug will be marketed and is expected to have final approval in August meaning it may pave way for its prescription in the Uk.
The drug is, however, controversial enough for one in six women in the clinical trial to stop the medication as a result of its side effects which include sleepiness, unexpected drops in blood pressure and also fainting.
The genitals are not the target of these drugs but the brain. It changes the way they respond to dopamine, serotonin and other ‘feel good’ chemicals. They theorized that with women experiencing more pleasure, they will want more.
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A consultant clinical Psychologist, Janice Hiller, at the London’s Tavistock Centre for couple Relationships said that the company is ignoring a major fact: a woman’s emotional life often determines her sex drive. According to her, the link between her brain and genitals are different from those of the man.
“The quality of a woman’s relationship is often the cause of her wanning sex drive.” She continued. “A woman will have reduced or no sexual interest in her partner if she feels subjected to hostility, undermined, taken for granted, ignored or belittled according to research”
So making your partner feel loved may be the key to boosting your sex life.
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