Thoughts on Better Aging

“Female Viagra” One Step Closer to Market

June 15th, 2015

New drug is a step in the right direction, but may not be the best treatment choice for every woman.

This month, a key FDA advisory committee recommended that officials approve a pill being touted as “female Viagra,” pushing this new female-libido-boosting drug one step closer to market.

This move does represent a positive change in the pharmaceutical industry, which up until recently has seemed focused almost exclusively on treating male sexual dysfunction, leaving women with no pharmaceutical options. In fact, there are currently 24 FDA-approved drugs for men with sexual function issues, and none for women. If approved, flibanserin or “female Viagra” would be the first pill designed specifically to enhance female sexual desire.

How “Female Viagra” Works

Calling flibanserin “female Viagra” is actually a bit misleading, because the drug works differently than Viagra.

For healthy sexual function, both the brain and the body—the mental and the physical—have to be working together. While Viagra targets the physical aspect of male sexual function by helping men achieve erections irrespective of desire, flibanserin targets the mental aspect of female sexual function. The drug acts on serotonin and other brain chemicals to help boost desire and sexual satisfaction.

Alternatives to “Female Viagra”

Members of the FDA advisory panel are currently working on a list of conditions to go along with the possible FDA approval, such as warning labels for the drug packaging and training courses for prescribing doctors. Right now, we don’t know how long this process will take or when women will actually be able to try “female Viagra” for themselves.

But what we do know is that Renew Woman™ has two proven ways to improve sex for women right now. Hormone replacement therapy can not only improve women’s libido, but also help women who are suffering from painful sex due to vaginal dryness improve lubrication and elasticity. Oxytocin treatment can boost arousal and orgasm for more fulfilling and satisfying sex.

Considering that in clinical trials, women taking flibanserin reported just 1 more sexually satisfying event per month than women taking a placebo, it seems likely that rather than being some sort of “wonder pill” for treating female sexual dysfunction, flibanserin will be best used as just one tool in a multi-faceted treatment plan.

To learn more about Renew Woman’s™ natural options for treating female sexual dysfunction that are available right now, please contact us today.

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