Several people have approached me about an article that came out at the end of July regarding female Viagra. Here is a link referring to the study and the article.http://www.healthcentral.com/depression/news-257087-31.html
We know that SSRI’s (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors — a major class of anti-depressants) use is a risk factor for developing sexual dysfunction. The study found that sildenafil (generic name of Viagra) helps with orgasmic function and lack of arousal. Because of the sexual dysfunction caused by SSRI’s, some patients discontinue their use. The study shows that sildenafil improves these sexual side effects. The study was well-done with good patient choices (inclusion and exclusion criteria) and was very thorough in evaluating patients.
There have been past studies showing how sildenafil improves arousal disorder in women without desire (libido) disorder*. It has been shown to help women with spinal cord injuries as well**. Sildenafil is not for low libido or sexual desire issues.
Unfortunately, any of the PDE-5 inhibitors (sildenafil-Viagra, tadalafil-Cialis, and vardenafil-Levitra) are not paid for by insurance for women. And the average cost is about $15 a pill, so this may be prohibitive.
Female sexual function is complex and typically affected by multiple factors. It is promising that more and more research is being done in regards to female sexual function. With each study, we are collecting data, knowledge, awareness, and treatment modalities to help our patients.
*Kaplan et al, 1999; Berman et al, 2003
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Hello, Somewhat related to this post, I am an internist and have heard that Bremelanotide is a promising medication specifically for problems with arousal. Can you comment on this? Thank you very much.
Thats so wonderful those articles, you get to learn so much! Thank you!