Can 'Pink Viagra' Solve Female Libido Problems?
Since the release of Viagra in 1998, the pharmaceutical industry has shaped conversations about male sexuality through clever ads that redefine and normalize erectile dysfunction (ED) and its medical treatment as a lifestyle choice. With $1.5 billion in sales, it is no surprise that the search for a female equivalent is well underway. But since women don’t experience ED, pharmaceutical brands are now positioning the “pink” Viagra as a solution to so-called Female Sexual Dysfunction (FSD).
But what is FSD? That’s a great question! It isn’t a singular diagnosis. And it isn’t a specific condition. A study published in the British Medical Journal concludes that FSD is simply a misleading corporate-sponsored creation of a disease motivated by profits. I’m inclined to agree.
Though many of the symptoms of FSD are common (e.g. low/no interest in sex, arousal challenges) and new pills like Lybrido that alter hormone levels could have an impact on sex drive and sexual desire is far more complex than hormones alone.
We (both men and women) lose interest in sex for an infinite number of reasons and we’re all perfectly normal. Stress, diet, hormonal fluctuations, energy levels, relationship status, mood, sleep patterns, family drama, interactions with friends, digestion, work politics -- these are just a few things that factor into your levels of arousal and can account for losing interest in sex and/or struggling with desire, arousal and orgasm.
Everything and anything can affect your desire for sex and the idea that a little pink pill can address all of the above-named issues is ludicrous. Moreover, if you seem to have lost interest in sex significantly or altogether, this is not conclusive evidence that something is wrong with you! That’s right, disinterest, distraction and dissatisfaction do not add up to disease.
Unfortunately a little pink pill (which has been rejected more than once by the FDA) won’t help resolve the underlying issues that quash our desire. If you’ve lost interest in sex and want to bring a little sexy back, here are some suggestions (not prescriptions) that might help you along the way:
- Exercise! Just a few sessions per week can boost your energy levels, improve your body image and bring a fresh sup
- Fantasize. Let your mind wander and daydream of anything sensual or erotic -- even if your fantasies are far removed from reality.
- Do it Yourself. Many of us give up on sex because it simply isn’t satisfying. By touching yourself with your hands or a toy, you will likely learn more about what makes you tick and can carry these lessons into partnered sex play.
For more on why we lose interest in sex and what we can do about it, click here.