Thoughts on Better Aging

Why Isn’t There a Female Viagra?

September 30th, 2014

Though there is no female equivalent of Viagra, women do have treatment options for improving sex drive and orgasm.

Millions of women suffer from low sex drive, poor quality or no orgasms, vaginal dryness, and other issues that affect their sex life and their relationships. Yet while there are 24 FDA-approved drugs for treating male sexual dysfunction, women currently have zero.

Sex Drive & Orgasm Is More Complicated for Women

One possible reason that there is no “wonder pill” similar to Viagra for women is that many experts consider sexual arousal and orgasm more complicated in women than in men. Both arousal and orgasm can be affected by:

  • Boredom and monotony in sexual activity
  • Hormonal disorders
  • Fatigue and stress
  • Negative attitudes towards sex
  • Relationship issues
  • Problems adjusting after the birth of a child

Drugs like Viagra really only address one aspect of sexual dysfunction, namely low blood flow. Naturally this approach isn’t effective for women whose issues have other causes or contributing factors.

Problems Can Worsen After Menopause

Often, women have ordinary sex lives until they begin to experience menopause. Then, declining levels of estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and other vital female hormones begin to interfere with normal sexual function:

  • Low estrogen leads to reduced sensitivity during sex, which affects arousal and enjoyment
  • Low estrogen also results in more fragile vaginal tissue and reduced lubrication which can make sex painful
  • Low progesterone leads to lower overall libido and fewer urges to initiate sex
  • Low testosterone leads to issues achieving orgasm

When menopause is behind sexual symptoms, it complicates matters because it means that younger and older women may need different treatments in order to feel better.

Treatment Options

It is certainly frustrating that while men can pop a Viagra and enjoy great sex, there is no “magic pill” for women. Some women have even resorted to taking Viagra themselves one study did find that taking Viagra resulted in a “statistically significant” increase in women’s satisfaction with their ability to achieve orgasm. However, there are other options! One important option for menopausal women to consider is hormone replacement therapy. This treatment balances all your important female hormones so that your body can respond as it did when you were young.  Oxytocin replacement therapy a hormone that can help improve the quality and frequency of orgasms, is one possible element to consider in hormone therapy. To explore your options for treating female orgasm disorder and other sexual function issues, please contact Renew Woman™ today.

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