Can “Female Viagra” Treat Low Libido?

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Introduction to the Market

In 2013, the drug was re-introduced and rejected again, as randomized clinical trials demonstrated its effects were no better than placebo and could potentially pose serious safety concerns.

The Effects

Unlike Viagra, however, which dilates blood vessels and increases blood flow to the penis so that men can keep an erection long enough to enjoy sex, Addyi alters brain chemistry. With a daily dose, the drug targets the brain’s neuroreceptors to enhance serotonin release and dopamine levels in the brain.

The Studies

A follow-up study on the use of alcohol in combination with flibanserin found that having two to four drinks (defined as 1.5 ounces of alcohol) caused unconsciousness and even concussions, in addition to the previously noted drop in blood pressure.

A Complex Issue

Science will continue to investigate new ways to treat HSDD, but lack of libido, especially in women, is a complex topic. The Yale School of Medicine wrote to this effect, explaining “many experts believe that a women’s libido reacts got social, emotional, biological, and psychological conditions rather than representing a regular baseline of sexual arousal.”

Addyi Versus Vyleesi

As noted, Vyleesi is administered via injection into the thigh or abdomen. Addyi, on the other hand, is a daily oral pill.

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S. Nicole Lane

S. Nicole Lane is a freelance journalist based in the Southside of Chicago where she covers women’s health, the LGBTQ voice, arts, and entertainment. Her byline can be found in Playboy, Rewire News, i-D, Broadly and various other corners of the internet. She is also a visual artist who works with small-scale sculptures.

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