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Why Isn’t There Viagra for Women?

According to studies quoted in this article, around 40% of women experience some kind of sexual dysfunction in their lives.  Of course, sexual dysfunction is an extremely broad term.  Sexual dysfunction can be attributed to both mental and physical issues, and that distinction is what makes the development and marketing of ‘female Viagra’ so difficult.  But in my opinion, it doesn’t need to be difficult at all.

Viagra has been extremely popular with men for almost ten years now as a preventative drug for erectile dysfunction.  In fact, Viagra is one of many different types of FDA approved drugs on the market to aid with male sexual problems.  Yet, there are basically NO equivalent drugs to help with female dysfunction.

This fact has often been attributed to the more complex nature of a woman’s physical and mental sexuality, yet, as stated in the article, Viagra ONLY helps with a man’s physical issues, but not his mental issues.

Of course,  a variety of different companies have attempted to create a female Viagra equivalent, but, for a variety of different reasons, nothing has been approved by the FDA.

One of the worries is that women will use such drugs as a ‘crutch’: attributing any sexual problems strictly to the physical rather than the mental roadblocks that they may be facing.  But the underlying problem with such a statement is one of sexism: if men can have Viagra and use it, potentially ignoring any mental problems of sexuality that they may have, why shouldn’t women?

So yes, Sprout Pharmaceuticals has an uphill battle ahead of them – they are attempting to achieve something that many other pharmaceutical companies have failed at in the past.  Whether they fail or succeed to get their woman’s libido boosting drug, “flibanserin,” on the market is somewhat besides the point.  The point is that we need to re-examine the contrast between men and woman’s sexuality, and how they may be affected by libido-boosting drugs.

Though it may be true that women are more biologically complex when it comes to sex, there’s absolutely no reason why women shouldn’t have access to the same performance-boosters that men do.  Psychological problems concerning sex exist in both men and women – but these drugs don’t claim to fix those, nor does Viagra.

Let’s even the playing field!

2 Responses to “Why Isn’t There Viagra for Women?”

  1. pleasureindenial

    I believe that sex is mostly a physical aspect for men. A man is horny most of the time and if they have a physical issue with getting it up, then Viagra helps. Like they said Viagra doesn’t make them horny just hard. For women, it’s not about getting hard. It’s about the emotional feeling and connection they have with the man. Most of the physical issues that may reside there is solved with some lube. The libido should be up to the man to make sure that stays intact. By making her feel sexy and romanced. Just my two cents. I’m not a woman.

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  2. FunLoveGoodSex

    It’s already here – Lube!
    Viagra just addresses the lack of a physical reaction, right? So if a woman is mentally horny ready to go, but having no physical reaction (a.k.a. lubricating, etc), just add some lube, maybe a vibrator and she’s set! No?

    Also, Viagra was discovered accidentally – nothing sexist in that.

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