FDA Pulls Trigger to Approve Female Viagra

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If men are suffering from any form of sexual dysfunction, they have nothing to fear. They have access to various FDA-approved drugs to help them out. Viagra is the more common cure for erectile dysfunction – it helps allow more blood flow to the male genital and quicker recovery after an orgasm. Women, on the other hand, have not been so lucky in this department. If a woman suffers from a sexual dysfunction issue, she is in a knot because there have been no FDA-approved drugs to treat this condition. It was not until Thursday where hope was looking bright for women. The FDA had gone ahead and pulled the trigger to approve a female viagra by the name of flibanserin.

Flibanserin is the new “miracle” pill for women with diminished sex drives – the female viagra, as many are beginning to call it. The drug had received a majority vote of 18-6 which is a huge surprise. The pill had been proposed to the FDA twice before and was rejected both times for the reported side effects. Flibanserin is known to put women at risk for low blood pressure and fainting. On the other hand, a clinical trial was done on women who had reported lowered sexual drives. After being on the pill for five months, the women felt they had an increased sex drive in comparison to a placebo.

The new pink pill works differently from the way Viagra works. Viagra simply causes more blood to pump into the male genitalia. Flibanserin does not directly cause any impacts on the female genitalia – instead, the pink pill affects the main headquarters of pleasure in the human body, the brain. It works by correcting the balance of brain chemicals responsible for feel-good emotions. It was originally intended to work as an antidepressant, but was then labeled a women’s libido booster after being reported to increase sex drive.

Despite its possible side effects, the FDA went ahead and pulled the trigger to approve the female viagra. The exception was to provide warning labels and for healthcare workers to educate patients on the drug. There has been a lot of controversy lately in the approval of Flibanserin. One side is arguing that the efforts of lobbying reinforce the fact that any company with enough money can get anything passed through government officials. The pro-Flibanserin crowd is arguing that women have received an unfair treatment when it comes to treating sexual dysfunction. They believe that women have been overlooked because while men have seen various drugs that can help out with their sexual dysfunction, there has not been any for women. Some health workers have claimed that they already prescribe other antidepressants to help out women with diminished libido. The dark side to those antidepressants is that they have reported worse side effects than Flibanserin.

Female sexuality is a lot more complex than a male’s. It is hard to measure the effectiveness of a pill for treating a sexual dysfunction. For men, all that is required for testing is if they experienced an erection after taking the drug and the FDA approves it. For women, several factors can be taken into account such as a sense of self-confidence or the satisfaction throughout any experience. Up to this point in women’s sexuality research, targeting the brain is the best researchers have come up with. Giving women a pill that will introduce more feel-good chemicals in the brain, and an increased sex drive will follow is the philosophy.

With the FDA pulling the trigger to approve the female viagra, Terry O’Neill, the National Organization of Women’s president believes it is a great way to introduce something that will heighten the overall sexual experience for women. She also said, “I think it’s a major step forward in better understanding of women’s sexuality and better understanding of women being able to take control of their own sexuality in a healthy way.”

By Frank Grados

Sources:
Fox News: FDA panel approves ‘Viagra for women’, but with safety conditions
Hoops News: Women’s sex drive booster ‘Viagra’ gets GREEN LIGHT by FDA
Insider Trading Report: Sprout Finally Wins: FDA Approves Pill Dubbed as “Female Viagra”

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