'Female Viagra' FDA Approved To Increase Sexual Desire

August 19, 2015

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Sprout Pharmaceuticals' flibanserin (aka Addyi, aka female Viagra, aka pink Viagra, aka the lady-boner pill) was just approved by the FDA to treat hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) in women. The pill, which is taken once a day at bedtime, is supposed to increase a woman's sexual desire. Hey -- I just ate four dozen oysters, I'm ready.

Researchers have been burning the midnight oil trying to decode the mystery of female sexual dysfunction for some time. Yet, in 2004, Pfizer suspended clinical trials of Viagra in women. Like in men, the drug increased blood flowing to the genital region -- but unlike in men, this did not seem to affect desire.


In recent years, researchers have focused on increasing desire by looking at the female brain. This is how Sprout's flibanserin works. "The drug works by modulating neurochemicals in the brain," Dabney says. "Specifically, it temporarily lowers serotonin, which is thought to have some effect in increasing libido."

Not to brag or anything, but I kind of fancy myself a pill who increases women's sexual desires. Just take one look at me and, wait -- where are you going?! What if I gyrate all sexy like this? "It looks like you need to go number two." I DO VERY BAD.

Thanks to Elizabeth B, who just gave me a handful of what she said were smart pills, but look suspiciously like thumbtacks.

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  • Ria Wilbur

    This pill is actually pretty controversial.

    For one thing a lot of people are concerned that it was rushed through testing. A lot of the tests were on men for example and it is marketed toward women. There haven't been a lot of tests on how it reacts with other medications, the tests are by necessity pretty short term and the people taking it would likely take it for years at a time but even the short term tests showed a large portion of the people taking it had severe side effects like dizziness and fainting. The kind of thing that would make it impossible to drive a car while on the pill safely.

    The other thing is that women often just have a lower sex drive than men but there is often a large social pressure to match men's sexual desire. Especially in a relationship. Women who actually have a perfectly normal sex drive, for them might be pressured into taking this medication in order to try to match what society says they should have.

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