Is there a Viagra for women?

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Viagra is a drug that is often used in the treatment of erectile dysfunction in men. The drug, which was launched by Pfizer in 1998, has been quite successful in treating problems related to penile erection in men. In fact, the results have been so astounding that even women began using the drug to help improve their sex drive.

But is Viagra really for women? If not, is there a Viagra equivalent that women can use to give a boost to their libido? Let's explore the answers to these questions.

How does Viagra work?

It is a well-known fact that erectile dysfunction is caused due to lack of adequate blood flow to the penis. The main ingredient of Viagra is sildenafil citrate and as it enters the bloodstream of men, it blocks an enzyme called PDE-5. This enzyme limits the flow of blood to the penis and when it is blocked, more blood enters the penis. This way it helps in treating erection problems in men.

Does Viagra work for women?

Some experts believe that just like Viagra increases the flow of blood to the penis in men, it can increase the flow of blood to the clitoris in women as well. However, studies conducted by Pfizer have been inconclusive in proving that Viagra does indeed work in treating sexual dysfunction in women.

Studies have found that Viagra does improve the chances of reaching an orgasm in women who are suffering from sexual side-effects of antidepressants. However, no effect was found on the sex drive of women.

Isn't there any medication that can help women with low sex drive?

Currently, there are no FDA approved medications that can help revive a woman's sex drive. Viagra was touted as a drug that can help give a boost to a woman's sex drive. However, studies have shown that it barely does anything to revive a woman's libido. So, if a woman does take this drug, she may not experience any improvement in her sexual functions. Furthermore, since the drug is not approved for female sexual dysfunction, there may be unknown side-effects.

Why can't there be a Viagra equivalent for women?

Sex drive in women is more of a psychological and emotional issue rather than a physiological problem. If a woman is constantly under pressure and dealing with family, work, and children, she is likely to have no interest left in having sex at the end of the day. She needs to be more relaxed and less tired to show any kind of interest in any kind of sexual touch.

If there are relationship problems with her partner, she is likely to avoid sex with him. Relationship problems may not turn men off sex but for women, any unresolved conflict or lack of emotional closeness, will lead to avoidance and lack of interest in sex. For these women, it is important to work on their relationships, resolve conflicts, and take steps to improve intimacy. A drug will not help resolve these relationship problems.

Similarly, if a woman has gone through a sexual trauma such as rape or sexual abuse, she is likely to lose interest in sex, even fear it. These women need counseling to help them get rid of the ghosts of their past so that they can move on with their lives and form healthy sexual relationships with other men. A medication cannot help cure this past trauma.

There are women who are suffering from low sex drive due to underlying medical conditions, but these women need treatment for these medical disorders rather than sex drive. Similarly, if a woman is suffering from low sex drive because she is on antidepressants or anti-hypertension drugs, she is likely to benefit by switching to another medication that is less likely to cause this sexual side-effect.

So, what women often require is psychological and emotional help for their low sex drive and not medications. This is why it has proven to be difficult to come up with medications for treating sex drive in women that works with most females.

Keep in mind that Viagra gets the best results in most men who take it, however, there are no drugs that have proven to be so consistent for women with low sex drive.

What should you do if you have low sex drive?

Probably the only FDA-approved product as of now is a handheld vacuum device. This device, when used on the sexual organs is supposed to increase blood flow to the clitoris. An increase in blood flow may help improve sexual desire and arousal in woman.

There is also a testosterone gel that is currently being tested for improving sex drive and arousal. However, even this gel, called Libigel, is meant for women who have undergone surgeries for the removal of their ovaries and are suffering from symptoms of early menopause.

Some women may benefit from hormonal therapy. Testosterone, estrogen and progesterone are the three main sex hormones that are responsible for a healthy sexual functioning of females. Low levels of testosterone are especially responsible for low sex drive in women. Doctors may prescribe testosterone therapy for such women. However, no testosterone therapy is especially meant for women. This makes it dangerous for women to try it.

Similarly, some women may benefit from estrogen and progesterone therapy. However, this is also often usually prescribed for women who have undergone surgeries for the removal of their ovaries.

So, what should women with low sex drive do? Well, there is a demand in this area and there is no FDA-approved treatment for this. This has made various companies come out with products that are meant to improve sex drive, arousal, and orgasms in women.

There are herbal oral daily supplements that are a mixture of herbs, vitamins, and minerals that are supposed to improve sex drive like HerSolution. There are gels and creams that are supposed to be applied in the vaginal area or the clitoris to increase blood flow to the area and generate a warm and tingling sensation.

However, none of these products are FDA-approved, so they may have unknown side-effects. That said, this does not mean that women should not try these products. Many women users have reported an improvement in their sex drive with the use of these products and that too with no or minimal side-effects.

So, if you are a woman with low sex drive, you should research and try out one of these over-the-counter products (like the one mentioned above). They may bring an improvement in your sex life. However, if you do notice any unpleasant side-effects discontinue immediately and consult your physician.

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