Female Viagra: third time lucky?
Female Viagra – 3rd time lucky?
by Essemoh Teepee
Flibanserin – billed as a Female Viagra, rejected by the US FDA in 2010 and in 2013 due to worries over side effects, looks likely to be approved this year.
There are currently 6 drugs (26 different brand names) available to men, but nothing for women to help with ‘chronically low sexual desire’. Many women consider this unfair and most likely sexist based, but my guess is it’s not so simple.
Some of the 11,000 women involved in the clinical trial of the “little pink pill” have explained how psychologically and emotionally damaging it was to lose their sex drive, (a condition called Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder or HSDD). The pill was able to give them relief, and in some cases saved their relationships.
The big difference is that a man with erectile dysfunction (ED) wanting to have sex, takes a blue pill, once, to resolve the purely hydraulic problems of getting and keeping an erection. Typically, the pink pill has to be taken every day for around six months. Even then the study has shown that only around 10% of women will get a result better than a placebo. (I will talk about the Placebo effect later)
Many of the side effects, such as dizziness, nausea and low blood pressure are pretty similar to those caused by Viagra in men, but that is when they take one pill, not a pill every day for six months.
Flibanserin works on female brain chemistry. Over time it can affect two neurotransmitters that may help influence libido. Exactly how it restores desire is unclear. The drug increases the neurotransmitter dopamine—a chemical that modulates motivation and reward. It also suppresses serotonin—a neurochemical linked to appetite and feelings of fulfilment or satiety.
Add to the mix oxytocin, the cuddle & trust hormone naturally produced by having an orgasm, and the chemical sex soup gets complex. While oxytocin is directly linked to having successful sex, dopamine and serotonin affect far wider aspects of our brain/body equilibrium than just sex. Therein may lie unforeseen problems.
Dr Susana Mayer, a board certified sexologist, who understands the beneficial effects of Directed Erotic Visualisation© on libido, recently published a letter in which she states:
“A major issue with the (FDA) considering approval of a low-libido drug for women is the expectation that one drug can remedy several problems…
It is why off-label Viagra and testosterone, bio-identical creams, sex therapy, explicit sex videos, erotica, and the like may work for some women and not others. One reason for the success of 50 Shades of Grey is that many women credit the book with reviving their libido.”
“…My experience as a clinical sexologist and sex educator has led me to believe women must be educated regarding their sexual health and given choices so they can ultimately have pleasurable and fun sex.”
I mentioned the Placebo effect earlier. This is the amazing capacity for the human mind to directly, and significantly affect the physical condition of the body. The Placebo effect often has a greater impact than medications, amplifying the potency when we do take them, by our expectation that they will work.
This is not New-Age hogwash. Placebos have been known about for millennia and are currently part of most serious medical studies to weed out pharmaceuticals that don’t perform.
In my experience, desire is a state of mind, even more so in women. Directed Erotic Visualisation© works directly on that state of mind and is an option that may very well work better than a ‘pink pill’, and with far, far fewer side effects.
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