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Female Libido Pill: Too Soon to Tell

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Friday, 21 Aug 2015 03:45 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Lack of sexual desire is a real problem for a lot of women. This can lead to a desire discrepancy between partners in a relationship, which can erode the relationship over time.

On August 18, the FDA approved the first pill designed to help women who are struggling with low sex drive. The pill, called Addyi, is produced by Sprout Pharmaceuticals.

Addyi, which is controversial among sex therapists, was rejected twice previously by the FDA. But it seems that the third time was a charm. However, given the data collected by Sprout, Addyi appears to have only a small positive result on women’s sexual desire and happiness.

Some of the controversy surrounding the drug comes from professionals who fear that we are becoming over-medicalized. Many sex therapists feel that female desire is so complicated and so contextual that it is unlikely a drug will solve the problem for most women.

In addition, most sex therapists worry about drugs being prescribed for sexual problems without any discussion of underlying sexual and relational dynamics.

With Addyi, the biggest questions seem to be about the cost/benefit profile and the drug interactions.

Addyi needs to be taken every single day — which is very different from the way erectile dysfunction (ED) drugs are taken. It also interacts badly with alcohol, and can cause other negative side effects, such as drowsiness, dizziness, and nausea.

It is likely that it will have a cost structure like ED drugs — which is to say, it’s going to be expensive.

Only time will tell whether or not this drug offers enough sexual benefits to make it worth the financial investment and the potential health risks.

While I have my doubts, I’d be happy to be proven wrong.

I do think that before you make yourself a guinea pig and swallow a new drug, you should first talk about your problem with an expert. It might be cheaper in the long run.

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