Female Viagra is Running on Hype and Sexism Instead of Science

“If there is Viagra for men, there should be Viagra for women,” says the women’s group Even The Score.  Flibanserin, a female counterpart to the Viagra has been given the go signal by the US Food & Drug Administration even after two rejections.

In reality, this new drug is not in any way related to Viagra nor its manufacturer, Pfizer.    Unlike Viagra which is taken before sex to cause erections, this controversial drug produced by Sprout pharmaceuticals, affects the neurotransmitters on serotonin and dopamine centres in the brain (much like anti-depressants) and is taken on a daily basis like Prozac.

According to a research presented in the New York Times seven percent (7%) of women suffer from hypoactive sexual desire disorder even before they reach the menopausal stage.

Flibanserin was designed to help women suffering from lack of sexual desire that is not caused by illness, menopause or bad relationships.  The drug’s side effects don’t sound too serious as well — nausea, dizziness, fainting, dizziness and low blood pressure.  Does something that seems quite innocuous be the cure to one’s lack of sexual appetite?

Hardly so.  Clinical studies provide data on women’s reactions to sexual activities before and after the drug use. Before taking Flibanserin, women participants disclosed experiencing “sexually satisfying events” two to three times a month.  After the drug, these “sexually satisfying events” leveled up by an average of one event per month more in women taking the drug than in their placebo-taking counterparts. That translates to an increase in 0.3 points on a scale that ranges from 1.2 to 6.0.

In fact, the side effect could be stronger than the positive effect at least in the case of one woman who got concussion, not from performing any sexual acrobatics, but from a hard fall when she fainted.

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Rephrased from source: http://www.irishexaminer.com/lifestyle/features/bad-sexual-chemistry-female-viagra-is-a-flawed-idea-336881.html

 

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