Sex and Relationships

I Want Sex and I Want it Now

The Problems With Our Privates

By: Tarah Maurice

Credit: AP Photo/Allen G. Breed

Women of all ages, you need not look any further for sexual help, for female Viagra has arrived.

Addyi, the “female Viagra,” has been on the market for a little over two years. People are just starting to hear more about it due to the fact that the drug creators have just brought it back and are getting ready to make it a household name.

The pill works much differently than Viagra due to the fact that it has an alternate purpose: it is designed for women with a low libido and a sexual disorder called HSDD.

HSDD stands for “Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder” which refers to a woman who has an ongoing lack of interest in sex to the point where it cause issues in the relationship. It is described as getting to a high point in sexual desire, but not being able to orgasm.

HSDD is the most common female sexual dysfunction, but is tremendously under diagnosed and often goes untreated. With tens of millions of women around the globe suffering from female libido problems and HSDD, the race has been on for several years to discover a pharmaceutical solution for female sexual dysfunction.

For years, men have had access to erectile dysfunction treatments such as Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra. Until now, there have been no equivalent treatments for women with sexual dysfunction problems.

Addyi, being a non-hormonal drug, is intended to make women want to engage in sexual activity more often by targeting neurotransmitters in the brain.

Two of these neurotransmitters, dopamine and norepinephrine, are what is involved with sexual excitement.

Another neurotransmitter, serotonin, is associated with sexual inhibition, and the pill specifically helps lower these levels. By balancing these chemicals, women can restore their libido or sexual interest.

Viagra and erectile dysfunction treatments work more on a physical level by dilating blood vessels and increasing blood flow to the male genitals, resulting in improved erectile function and allowing men to perform sexually.

Hence, both medications work in completely different manners.

Viagra won’t turn a man on, but it makes it easier for a man who is already turned on do the deed by making his penis hard.

Addyi is supposed to help a woman get turned on so she wants to engage in some type of sex, but it won’t make getting it on any easier by making her more naturally lubricated.

If someone is considering Addyi as a treatment for HSDD, it is critical that they consult with their doctor as the first step in determining if Addyi might be an effective option.

It’s also important to note that Addyi also has several serious and potential side effects, including severely low blood pressure, fainting, nausea, dizziness, and sleepiness.

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