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Women’s sexual needs should be a priority – so why aren’t they?

The FDA has not approved any medications to treat sexual dysfunction in women because it classifies them as an "unmet need."

Viagra, Cialis and Levitra are just some of the sexual dysfunction medications for men that you might be familiar with. They aim to increase the flow of blood directly into the genitals to create stimulation.

However, to this day, the Food and Drug Administration has not approved any medications to treat sexual dysfunction in women because it classifies them as an “unmet need.”  Many women suffer from low sex drives and Sprout Pharmaceuticals is catering to them with Flibanserin, a medication that works on neurotransmitters in the brain that affect sexual desire.

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Flibanserin has been rejected by the FDA twice before, for lack of efficient evidence of the drug’s effectiveness and now is taking into precaution the side effects, which include low blood pressure, fainting and a potential link to cancer.

However, the new female libido pill was voted 18 to 6 by a committee of medical advisers to the FDA, indicating a possibility of the drug’s approval. Flibanserin is raising questions on female sexuality, drug company marketing, and gender stereotypes. The drug administration has catered to men’s sexual desires, but has neglected the importance of sexual pleasure for women. Our male-dominated sex culture has accommodated, satisfied and protected men’s carnal needs. Take a look at the contraceptive industry–men can easily slip on condoms (the most common form of contraception for men), while women have a plethora of contraceptive devices (some painful and with many side effects) to use. The sex health industry focuses more on pleasuring men, while simultaneously preventing women from pregnancy. The tables have been turned with the possibility of this pill being available in the mass market for women to use.

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For women with a waning sex drive, this pill is an opportunity to test out new waters. Other resources they may use are hormonal creams or even marriage counseling, if necessary. If this pill is approved by the FDA, it will be the gateway to provide new research and medicine for sexual dysfunction in women. It is ultimately up to the woman to decide for herself if she wishes to consume it, risks involved.

Women’s sexual needs should be a priority, just as men’s are.