Will the ‘Female Viagra’ really help the women in need?

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Viagra is a well established brand for the treatment of a widely recognized sexual disorder that affect male population. Impotence, erectile dysfunction, call it whatever you want: everyone knows about it and everyone knows it can affect a significant part of the men during their lifetime. That’s now a widely recognized medical condition and the drugs used to address impotence are more and more used by men, due to a less and less important social stigma connected with its use. 

A Closer Step On Getting What You Desire

Viagra is a men-only drug. But exists also a Female Viagra. 

Not everyone knows its existence, but looking at the the strong growth in the International markets of its male counterpart it’s very likely that female Viagra will become a widely sold medicine in the future.

In fact women can experience sexual disorders in the same way a man do: this is little publicized, probably due to moral and social prejudices, but female sexual disorders can impact negatively the sexual life of a couple in the same way impotence does. Social stigma is still a strong psychological hurdle deeply ingrained in our education. A vulgar term already associated with sexual dysfunction in female population is “frigid”, a word beyond insulting, rooted in medieval misconceptions such as witchcraft. 
That’s explains, at least partly, why is so difficult for a woman to request medical aid for this medical condition and for the society to accept it. And probably is the main cause of already few prescriptions in the USA, as far as we know. The approving of “Female Viagra” was felt as an important cornerstone of gender equality struggles. The campaign “Even the Score”, along with other american associations, made great pressure to american administration to guarantee the legalization of this treatment to women suffering from hyposexuality. The active substance of Female Viagra is Flibanserin and it’s sold with the commercial name of “ADDYI”.

But let’s go in order. Flibanserin is a medicine used in the treatment of  hypoactive sexual desire disorder, also known as hyposexuality, a sexual dysfunction characterised by low levels of sexual desire in women. This disease has different causes, ranging from hormonal disorders to high stress levels and other psychiatric conditions. It can be a lifelong condition or a situational-limited in time disorder and in any case can be diagnosed by a consultant weighing up several indicators, such as lacking of sexual thoughts and reduced sexual arousal. 

Flibanserin works by balancing activity of serotonin and dopamin trying to adjust the sexual response of the patient. Basically Female Viagra promotes a sort of equilibrium between the activity of these two hormones in the brain. It is no coincidence that this drug was developed as an antideprexant before being studied and sold as a treatment for female sexual dysfunction. 

The effect of Female Viagra is reported to be “mild” in addressing hypoactive sexual desire disorder, improving sexual life of the patient to a much lesser extent than Male Viagra do, but for now we have too few data and research in comparison of sildenafil (Viagra) and other erectile dysfunction drugs, in order to evaluate the true potential of this medication.

There are few and mild collateral effects associated with the use of Female Viagra, among these Nausea, sleeping disorders and dizziness. Using alcohol while taking Addyi could lead to low blood pressure. 

While the number of prescriptions are still low, the approving of Female Viagra by FDA offers an important medical instrument to address female sexual disorders, even if our societies must fight many prejudices to make it a widespread and socially accepted treatment.  

6 Comments

  1. Female Viagra is something quite relatively new to me, but from experience I can truly say that it definitely increases the flow of blood to the groin area which ultimately leads to increased sexual arousal for women.
  2. I have low sex drive. I spoke with my doctor and he prescribed Female Viagra. I am thirty five years old and have had a low sex drive for my whole life. I have been in a relationship for two years now. the Female Viagra has helped with my issue. I have been taking it for around three months now.
  3. I just got married two years ago and am relatively young at 28. I was always told that I would go through a honeymoon phase with my husband and that I wouldn't be able to keep my hands off him during our early days of marriage. Although our sex life was perfectly fine during our dating relationship, my libido completely vanished once we got married. It left me feeling angry, sad, and stressed, and I constantly felt anxious about my lack of desire for sex. Once I spoke with my doctor about my concerns, he diagnosed me with a hormone deficiency but also recommended female Viagra to me. Taking female Viagra has completely revamped our sex life. It's returned me to the old me, where I was happy to have sex and found my husband desirable. Female Viagra has completely saved our marriage and I couldn't give it any higher praise!
  4. Viagra is something that has been critical in my experience for maintaining sexual health. Before I had it, I was unable to maintain erections properly and struggled with my confidence and self esteem in the bedroom. Now I have my sexual health back without any side effects.
  5. Guys think that only they have a problem with "ED", but women have it too. We just don't get in the mood. The female Viagra did help to a good deal though, put me in the mood and made my husband know "Hey, let's make love." and he was more than willing to comply to my desires! It's a happy time in my marriage now!
  6. I wasn't expecting female Viagra to work but it turns out there is a different type of medication that actually can treat female sexual dysfunction. I tried it for the first time last night and it actually brought my sex drive back.

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