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Despite the success of the male Viagra, introduced in 1998 and now making millions in sales, there has never been the right attempts until recently for similar enhancements for women.

 

Women who have lost their sex drive now have a little pink pill to help them. On Tuesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved flibanserin, brand name Addyi, for the treatment of sexual dysfunction in premenopausal women.

A 2002 study found that up to one-third of adult women might experience hypoactive sexual desire disorder, a technical term for when women lack sexual desire or fantasy.

Some experts say that for women, the cure for low libido is more likely to be found in their brains than in a bottle.

“Women’s sexuality is very complicated. It’s not a matter of just taking that pill, by the way, and then all of a sudden the lights go on,” said Judy Kuriansky, a clinical psychologist and certified sex therapist. “You have to feel good about your body. You have to feel good about yourself. You have to feel the guy really loves you…It’s complex. It’s not the same as a man taking a pill.”

Addyi is frequently referred to as “female Viagra” because it’s a pill for sexual dysfunction in women. However, experts say it’s a misnomer to describe it as such since it works in a distinctly different way to target the brain.

 

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Article Courtesy of CNN and WJW Fox 8 News Cleveland

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Addyi, a New “Female Viagra,” Finally Hitting the Pharmacy Shelves  was originally published on wzakcleveland.com

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