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Viagra for Women aka “The Little Pink Pill”

June 18, 2010

I was at the gym yesterday and in scanning the various televisions in front of the treadmill, one of them caught my eye.  It was a news broadcast and the image on the screen said “Viagra for women.”  I almost laughed out loud because the first thought I had was, “Are they going to show a man vacuuming?”

But they didn’t.  Today I read the article that explained that the new pill flibanserin – which undoubtedly will be named something cooler…perhaps Wetaxen? Trumoist? (that one was for my friend J who absolutely cringes at the word “moist”) – will not be available any time soon.  The reason is that the effects are more “global” than they are “local,” as in women feel like they have a slightly higher chance of being aroused on average but there isn’t a way to take it right when you’ll need it like Viagra or Cialis.  You know, like when you hire a prostitute you’re bathing in separate baths on the side of a lake.

But I digress.  Flibanserin also comes with a whole bunch of fun side effects including dizziness, nausea, anxiety, and insomnia.  And it seems many women in the trials thought those were unsexy enough to stop taking the medication.  Other than the insomnia, I can see why (at least with insomnia you’d have the TIME for sex).

There is an argument out there that we women are often overlooked when it comes to sexual dysfunction and that it’s high time for drug companies to figure out how to help those women whose sexual desires have all but extinguished.  And I get that, I really do.  But I still don’t understand why the medical community continues to deal with the symptoms of what are obviously bigger issues.  Even most men who go on viagra have erectile dysfunction because they’re overstressed, eat like crap, and don’t exercise.  How about prescribing some health?  Oh wait, I know, because telling someone to go for a walk a few times a week doesn’t make anyone any money.  Perhaps Nike should start an ad campaign telling people that a simple walk can increase blood flow…everywhere. Hehe.  But seriously, sexual dysfunction for either sex is likely tied to psychological or overall physical health and we should be focusing on figuring out those problems before we resort to popping pills.

Before I end though, I need to complain about it being dubbed the “little pink pill.”  I mean come on.  I’m sure the degradation of men and women to traditional gender roles is not helping anyone’s libido, but especially not women who probably already feel like they’re supposed to just lay there and take if their man is in the mood.  Get over the pink already people.  If it does eventually come out and they DO make it pink I’m going to be seriously upset.

And just so I can say I did a good deed today, I’d like to make clear that studies do in fact show that straight women can react with sexual arousal when their man does housework.  So guys, go pick up a freakin’ duster and both of you can thank me later.

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