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Updated 29 June 2015

Many women reject female 'Viagra' pill

The FDA has given conditional approval for the release of a successful female 'Viagra' pill that will bring back female libido, but many women are unimpressed.

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A survey carried out by online health clinic UK Medix, has revealed that, when questioned, over 84% of woman would choose not to take Addyi, the soon to be available female Viagra pill.

Set up for full approval

After years of trying, men the world over must have unanimously cheered in delight this week as news broke that a working form of female Viagra has been given conditional approved by the US FDA (Food and Drug Administration.) The pill is set up for full approval in August, however, it will still need to be approved for use in the U.K before it becomes available.

Claiming success where others fail, the drug, called Flibanserin (which will be marketed under the name Addyi), claims to return a woman’s libido to her. Unlike previous ‘pink pills’, Flibanserin claims to work on a woman’s brain altering the way her body responds to chemicals such as Serotonin and Dopamine.

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This is first for female Viagra pills, as previous forms of this ‘pink pill’ has focused on increasing blood flow to a female’s genitalia looking to mirror the way male Viagra works.

Sarah Bailey, from UK Medix explained:

“When a man takes Viagra, it works by increasing the blood flow to his genitals. It is this extra blood flow which helps the man get an erection.

Choosing to stay celibate

In many cases the reason behind male impotence is psychological. Taking a tablet and getting a strong erection can often be the reaction needed which then helps a man break his impotence cycle.

The early prototypes of Female Viagra have looked to mirror this technique in woman, assuming that increased blood flow to her genitals would increase her sexual desire. This, however, has failed, which isn’t completely surprising as even in men, Viagra does not work if there is no sexual arousal in the first place”

However, it would appear that when asked to choose between sex and a mind altering, libido increasing drug, most women would chose to stay celibate. 84% of the woman questioned would not be prepared to try the new drug.

Read: Lacklustre libido?

That figure rose to a whopping 92% when the respondents were informed that unlike the male pill, where you pop the pill once about half an hour before ‘rising to the occasion,’ woman would have to take the pill daily, regardless of whether or not they wanted to have sex that day.

Add in the trial results which report the overall effectiveness of the female Viagra pill is one additional sexual encounter a month, and noted side effects which include sleepiness, sudden drop in blood pressure and fainting, especially when combined with alcohol and it looks like Female Viagra may not be rushing off shelves in the UK any time soon.

UKMedix are a leading online clinic that are regulated by the Care Quality Commission, enabling for the puchase of prescription medication in a safe and professional environment, fully regulated by health governing bodies.

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Source: UK Medix

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