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Will the “Pink Pill” Improve Women's Sexual Desire?

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You may have noticed in the news that there has been information about a pink pill for women to improve their sex drive. This drug, called Flibanserin, is being called the Viagra for women because in the initial studies it has increased sexual desire in the women who were studied.

The term "Viagra for women" is a bit of a misnomer because the way that the drug acts is completely different for women than the way Viagra acts in men. Flibanserin, the drug made by German pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim, originally created the drug as an antidepressant but it was not approved to use by the Food and Drug Administration. During the research process for Flibanserin it was found that it worked on premenopausal women’s brain chemistry to increase their libido or desire for sex. Viagra, in contrast, works on improving the circulation to the penis allowing a man to become and stay erect.

There has been some debate as to the need for this type of drug for women. As a naturopathic physician I will always want to treat the underlying cause of the problem in women and they will not need to use this drug. There are several reasons why women tend to lose their desire for sex. Physically women’s issues like PMS or other health issues like chronic fatigue can cause women pain or discomfort that prevent women from enjoying sex. Sometimes women have a simple issue like anemia that has not been diagnosed or they are overworked and are too exhausted to desire sexual contact. There are mental health or emotional reasons why women may not be interested in sex. For example, if a woman has a poor body image because she has not lost the weight from her last pregnancy or she is not aging as gracefully as she would like the ability to feel sexy or in the mood for sex can be decreased. Often there are relationship or communication issues between partners that impact sexual desire. These issues are examples of the root causes that need to be addressed because once they are addressed women will naturally have a desire to be with their chosen partner.

Flibanserin, or the pink pill which is its new nickname, won’t solve the sexual problems of most relationships.

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Anonymous

"Sometimes women have a simple issue like anemia that has not been diagnosed or they are overworked and are too exhausted to desire sexual contact. There are mental health or emotional reasons why women may not be interested in sex."

Is a pill really the right way to solve these problems? I don't think so. Sometimes adjusting our schedules, getting exercise and sleeping is harder than taking a pill, but in the long run it is better for us.

June 15, 2010 - 3:05pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

It IS the viagra for women because they produce produce the same ends by different means. In other words, both drugs assist people to have sex when their bodies don't necessarily feel like it. Believe it or not, most erectile dysfunction is not physiological, just the man not aroused by the woman he's going to have sex with. So I don't see the difference. Why should a man have to take a pill if he doesn't want sex but a female doesn't?

June 26, 2010 - 10:17pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

No it's not. Viagra doesn't improve sex drive. All it does is help you get a boner easier and makes it last longer.

This pink pill actualy makes them want to have sex regardless.

July 9, 2010 - 8:25am
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