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A Female Viagra: Is Female Sexual Dysfunction Being Medicalized?

By October 13, 2009

There is no question that Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra are blockbuster erectile dysfunction (ED) drugs, and if a pharmaceutical company could get a so-called "female sexual dysfunction" pill or a cream for women that women believed in it, it would be a landmark for the drug industry

But there are big questions. Do you think drug company research and development experts understand female sexual response? If you are not feeling up to sex, is it all a matter of getting the right drug? Would a simple fix like a cream on your genitals or an oral pill work? Or is it more complicated than that?

Every now and then, I hear that doctors advise women to try Viagra if they have little interest in sex and are taking antidepressants, usually SSRIs. I just haven't seen evidence in the medical journals that demonstrates that this works. Is this a figment of imagination among male psychiatrists and the pharmaceutical sales force? Do you think that they are on the right track?

Comments
October 13, 2009 at 3:57 pm
(1) Sandy says:

Now that the hormone replacement business has gone south, it looks as though we will be seeing more and more new product lines for women. Got to make up for the loss of revenue. WOuld be nice if there were women at the top of these companies…

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