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8 Reasons Why the Little Pink Pill Matters to Women’s Health

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Both men and women can suffer from sexual dysfunction, but there are no drugs available to treat the condition for women on the market currently. Flibanserin, also known as the little pink pill, is trying to change that. In 2010, the FDA denied Flibanserin of approval, and today Sprouts Pharmaceuticals, owner of the pill, is trying to appeal the decision.

If the decision is successfully appealed, Flibanserin could be available as early as next year. Learn how the pink pill can make a difference in women’s health and why it is important for women.

1) There are 25 drugs for male sexual dysfunction, but zero for women.

Currently, 25 approved drugs exist on the market for men suffering from some form of male sexual dysfunction, but there are zero available for women dealing with similar issues.

2) Flibanserin, or the Pink Pill, would be the first treatment for Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder (HSDD).

Hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) is the most common type of sexual dysfunction among women. There are no medical treatment options available for HSDD today, Cindy Whitehead, President and Chief Operating Officer of Sprout Pharmaceuticals, which owns Flibanserin, said on ABC’s “Nightline”.

3) As many as 1 in 10 women suffer from HSDD.

Women suffering from HSDD experience an absence or lack of sexual desires. While sexual dysfunction for men is visible, it can’t be seen with women. However, HSDD affects many women and can harm both their relationships as well as sexual well-being. “Nightline” reported that about 1 out of every 10 women suffers from HSDD, according to the International Journal of Women's Health.

4) Flibanserin is targeted to women’s sexual dysfunction issues.

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EmpowHER Guest

Is no one concerned about a drug that makes women want to have sex when they otherwise wouldn't? Sound like something that men will be slipping into women's drinks at bars soon. THIS is empowerment??

August 23, 2015 - 8:39am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Are you really that stupid? it's for women who want to with their partner? you can't slip it in someones drin k andf there just gonna be like onmg i wanna have sex with you now, they still have to be aroused be SOMEONE.. not just anyone.. wow educate yourse;f

September 18, 2015 - 6:31am
EmpowHER Guest

Dr. Adrienne Fugh-Berman doesn't know what she is talking about. People with normal sex drive, for whom it "just happens" can't imagine that anyone can not have it. The conclusion then is that the problem stems from some other condition. Her theory is that the problem doesn't exist and was invented by the drug company to sell a new pill. I am no fan of Big Pharma and have no doubt that this is done. I also don't want to take a drug that isn't fully tested so I am not criticizing the FDA. But Dr. Berman is not helping those of us with this dysfunction by glibly saying it's all in our heads.

June 20, 2015 - 11:31am
EmpowHER Guest

I think its great iam one of the women that cant have sex i hope they pass it soon,

March 12, 2015 - 11:25am
EmpowHER Guest

25 drugs for male sexual dysfunction? NONSENSE. i can name 4. can you name any?
sexism in the FDA? PROVE IT.
"pink pill?" there is no pill to increase desire in men. a pill to increase female sexual desire would not be the analog of viagra; it would be a brand-new, earth-shaking development.
if you're going to write about science and politics, i suggest you have better sources than a TV show.

October 30, 2014 - 4:20pm
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