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AUGUST 28, 2015 by DR. ELDON DAHL
Viagra For Women?


Nature has always had a way of providing balance so the body responds to pleasure, but drug companies often find a way to bypass nature with man made chemicals. Pharmaceutical company Sprout has recently received approval for flibanserin, aka Addyi, a product that has been dubbed "Viagra for women." Addyi works very differently from the erectile dysfunction drug for men, though. In fact, the FDA has rejected the drug twice in the past five years, but an advisory panel of medical experts in June voted 18-6 to recommend approval if more safety restrictions were added.

Warnings and side effects for Addyi are abundant. A woman's blood pressure can drop substantially (hypotension). There is also a chance that she might lose consciousness (syncope). Women are also warned not to drink alcohol while taking Addyi.
 
While Sprout expects the drug to be available by October 17, 2015, not all doctors will be able to prescribe it. The FDA's approval has some strict requirements. Doctors must be specially trained and certified to prescribe Addyi. They must counsel patients on the risks, especially those concerning blood pressure, loss of consciousness, and interactions with alcohol. Also, the pills must be taken every day and not just on days when sex is intended.

Doesn't this sound more like a cash grab to equal the lucrative market Viagra has for men?
 
Is desperation or want of equality the reason why drug companies are trying to produce a female sexual stimulant similar to men? Male body chemistry is completely different. Addyi was originally produced for depression and is now marketed for sexual interest. If the person taking it was depressed and not interested in sex, maybe it had nothing to do with their body's chemistry, but the available sex partners at their disposal?

The drug was used on rats, and after administration they became sexually active, but you could give the same rats sugar and they would be just as amorous. Really, how can you compare the  intricate workings of female sexuality with rats who would mount anything, especially during mating season? The handwriting is on the wall, and unsuspecting women will line up in droves to try the new sex pill. Valent Pharmaceutical is bankrolling that women will buy, putting up 1 billion dollars for global rights to the drug, which they plan to launch this fall with neither human double-blind trials nor time to show whether the drug is safe.

There is a strong reason why it was rejected twice before, and why the panel was split in its voting at 18-6: because it has so many side effects and it will not work. In humans, flibanserin showed an effect in just 9 to 14 percent of women experiencing low sex drive, which is being called "hypoactive sexual desire disorder." The drug increased the frequency of satisfying sexual encounters, but not much more than did a placebo. Jim Pfaus, a Concordia expert in human sexuality, reiterated one major reason for this difference: rats lack cultural inhibitions that we humans have. "When female rats want sex they go and get it...if male 1 doesn't give it to them they go to male 2." Is that what we are heading for: sex for the sake of sex, no matter with whom? Does one need a pill for that or just a lack or morality?
 
Female sexual response is complex. For most women, simply addressing difficulties with arousal may not get to the actual problem -- which is often a lack of sexual desire. Many factors can influence a woman's sexual desire. For example:

  • Many women find that the stresses of daily life deplete their desire for sex.
  • Highs and lows in sexual desire may coincide with the beginning or end of a relationship or major life changes, such as pregnancy or menopause.
  • For some women, orgasm can be elusive -- causing concerns or preoccupations that lead to a loss of interest in sex.
  • Desire is often connected to a woman's sense of intimacy with her partner, as well as her past experiences. Over time, psychological troubles can contribute to biological problems and vice versa.
  • Some chronic conditions, such as diabetes or multiple sclerosis, can alter a woman's sexual-response cycle -- causing changes in arousal or orgasmic response. 


Life Choice offers help without side effects. Kava Kava eases the stress and allows the person to feel at ease and more social, while Neurotransmitter Support helps with issues of the mind such as depression and lack of response. Nature has always had a way of providing balance so the body responds to pleasure, for women and men. For men, we offer Fiery Male for sexual desire safely and effectively, by bringing your body into balance. 

Sources:
CBC
Globe and Mail
USA Today
Mayo Clinic

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