Don’t Cheer About The Female Viagra Approval Just Yet

After refusing approval twice, the FDA has finally approved Addyi, otherwise known as “the female viagra.” While this may seem like a step in the right direction for recognizing female sexuality and the problems surrounding it, we might need to take a closer look.

Why has it taken so long to create a female equivalent for the infamous little blue pill? Because women’s arousal issues have a completely different root than men’s. Viagra’a success is linked to the fact that it increases blood flow to the genitals during arousal, which in men leads to an erection. In women? It’s going to take a little more than blood flow to get us hot and horny. Because female arousal problems don’t occur in the genitals, they occur in the mind.

And that’s exactly what Addyi “corrects.” Unlike Viagra which brings on a physical reaction, Addyi messes with your head. Originally created as an anti-depressant, the drug modifies dopamine and norepinephrine in the brains while decreasing serotonin levels. Female testers did admit to “0.5-1% increased sexual satisfaction” while on the drug, regardless of whether they reached orgasm or not.

Is that small of a percentage worth the side effects of Addyi? Side effects can include dizziness, nausea, fatigue, fainting, insomnia, and drops in blood pressure in combination with alcohol. Users also need to take the pill on a one-a-day basis unlike Viagra which is only taken when the “time is right.”

So after refusing approval twice, why has the FDA allowed Addyi to be approved? Sources say that the combination of the current pro-licensing lobbying as well as feminist groups wanting to even the playing field have influenced the FDA in their decision.

While a sub-par female version of Viagra is better than none at all, women might want to realize what exactly they’re cheering about before trying to get a prescription for Addyi. At the end of the day, the fact is that female problems with sexual arousal are very unlikely to be physical and much more likely to be in the mind. Rather than trying to find a little blue pill to alleviate your sexual frustrations, most women would be better off tackling their personal problems first, and better sex would follow.

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