by Anura Guruge
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“Female Viagra“, as a catchy headline grabber has been in the news this week because a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ‘Advisory Committee‘ voted to give the go ahead to a drug called ‘flibanserin‘ made by Sprout Pharmaceuticals.
Well, Sprout Pharmaceuticals Flibanserin is ALL that Viagra is NOT!
So to call it ‘female Viagra’ or ‘Viagra for Women’ is wrong, dead wrong and very misleading.
Here is one quick way to explain it pictorially (using a diagram I created).
See the HUGE difference. Viagra, Sildenafil, is basically a ‘plumbing’ medication. It increases blood flow. Yes, women can take it and it will increase blood flow to the genital area giving women a nice glow and ‘buzz’ down below. But that is IT!
Viagra, Sildenafil, in men or women in NO WAY helps with desire or arousal. IF you think that Viagra is an aphrodisiac you are going to be in for one heck of a disappointment.
Viagra does one and ONLY one thing and it does it WELL. It facilitates increased blood flow (in the pelvic area) which in men will usually result in an erection. While an erection is always a great start a erection alone has NOTHING, but nothing, to do with sexual satisfaction. You need an orgasm for that. Viagra does NOTHING in the orgasm department. If you are a man, Viagra, with luck, will give you a good solid erection BUT with that YOU are on your own. If you cannot have an orgasm Viagra does NOT want to know. That is not its job. Viagra is really like that adage about leading a horse to water.
I talked about THIS, at length, as item #61 in “Orgasms: 101 Facts & Trivia“. Hence my easy familiarity with it. Check it out.
Flibanserin, on the other hand, has nothing to do with increasing blood flow.
It is actually a REPURPOSED antidepressant medication!
It wasn’t as efficacious as they wanted it to be in terms of helping with depression but it seemed to help with increasing sexual desire.
OK, to be fair, there is debate as to how effective it is. That is a different matter. The first thing we have to clear up is that it should not be confused with Viagra. OK?
Your typical ‘Viagra for Women‘ media coverage.