This past August, the Food and Drug Administration approved the use of the so-called “female Viagra,” or Addyi. Addyi (flibanserin) can now be prescribed in 100 mg tablets for women who struggle with low sexual desire. According to the FDA, Addyi works directly on the brain by altering the concentration of the neurotransmitter serotonin, not unlike an antidepressant.
Unfortunately, sexual attraction – for both men and women — is very complex. People’s libido can be influenced by the state of their current relationship, their physical well-being, their emotional well-being, their past experiences or even their current lifestyle.
Can a single pill really make a difference for women with low libido?
What causes a low libido in women?
Women struggle with a low libido for numerous reasons. Here are only a few examples:
Unfortunately, the only condition Addyi is designed to treat is hypoactive sexual desire disorder. This means that women who struggle with low libido for other reasons are out of luck.
Treating low libido without a pill
What should women with low libido do if they can’t take “the little pink pill”?
Of course — as mentioned previously — a person’s libido is complex. It’s possible that none of these methods will work. If you’re struggling with your libido, the best thing you can do is see a doctor. Who knows? Maybe you’ll have an opportunity to try out Addyi after all.
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About the author
Courtney Lopresti, M.S., is a senior staff writer for the Sovereign Health Group where she uses her scientific background to write online blogs and articles for a general audience. At the University of Pittsburgh, where she earned her Master’s in Neuroscience, she used functional neuroimaging to study how the human cerebellum contributes to language processing. In her spare time, she writes fiction, reads Oliver Sacks and spends time with her two cats and bird. Courtney is currently located in Minneapolis. For more information and other inquiries about this article, contact the author at firstname.lastname@example.org.