Will The “Female Viagra” Ever Get It Up?

In 2009 there was a clinical trial for a new drug called flibanserin, the so-called “female Viagra.” In the years since, flibanserin has sparked a national debate over the nature of female sexuality. In mid February of this year, the drug was given its final shot at being approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), after being rejected twice before. If approved, it will be the first drug authorized by the agency to treat sexual dysfunction in women, compared with nine prescription drugs available for men. OK, did I just read that correctly? This will be the first drug to treat sexual dysfunction in women compared with NINE already available for men? Say what?! The drug flibanserin was originally tested, in 2006, as an antidepressant. It didn’t work well as a mood-lifter, but researchers noticed it had an intriguing side effect: Unlike most antidepressants, which squash libido, flibanserin seemed to do just the opposite. If ever approved, this drug could be HUGE. Viagra, after all, had been a blockbuster drug for a decade, prescribed to more than 30 million men across 120 countries and raking in roughly $1.6 billion a year. Viagra works by increasing blood flow to the penis so men can have and maintain hard-ons during sex. Viagra HAS been tested on women, and although Viagra did increase blood flow and circulation down south, it didn’t do anything to actually turn women on. Though flibanserin is often referred to as the “female Viagra,” the drug doesn’t work at all like Viagra does. Instead, it targets the brain's wiring that somehow drives pleasure and desire. Its manufacturers have been arguing with regulators over whether female sexual desire should be treated with drugs. Advocates of flibanserin say that for too long, women’s sexual desires have been reduced to social and psychological factors. It’s time to stop ignoring female biology, they argue. I find it funny to me that there is so much contention over this drug, but not for men! Some argue that drugs like flibanserin do more to characterize female sexuality than support it. Others say it is time to stop ignoring the female biology. Should female sexual desire be treated with drugs? It has been harder to prove that a drug works for women as female sexuality is more difficult to test than a man's. What do you all think?

Source: http://www.buzzfeed.com/azeenghorayshi/theres-a-female-viagra

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