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Turning low lidbido into medical pathology?

By Anonymous June 17, 2010 - 5:52pm
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I read a story in the New York Times about plans to market a new pill to women that helps with sex drive. It sounds like the company that makes this pill is trying to turn a low libido into a medical pathology. This sounds like an effort to exploit women and I'd like to hear what others think about this. Would a pill like this do to women what Viagra and other drugs have done to men - raise expectations that we can perform on demand?

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Hi Anonymous

I appreciate the question. I have to say I have mixed feelings on this issue. I think we do pathologize a lot of normal human variation these days, especially in the U.S. On the other hand, it is great to have options.

No medication is a cure-all, and any expectation that a medication makes it possible to perform anything on demand is a poorly informed expectation. Human beings have a few basic drives for survival, and one of them is a drive to have sex. This is as innate as the hunger for food or oxygen. So if someone wants to increase their libido or try to return it to their "normal", who am I to say no or judge that?

I don't want people to think they are ill if they are comfortable with a low sex drive, but there wouldn't be this much investment by pharmaceutical companies if there was no demand for these types of medications. We have more discussion on this topic that may interest you: http://www.empowher.com/pinkpill.

Thank you for writing.

June 18, 2010 - 1:01pm
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