Well Being

There Might Be A Little Blue Pill For Women Soon

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Women's Viagra

(Image via Allen G. Breed/Associated Press)

Viagra — a sexual awakening for the elderly, those who have lost their oomph, or those who just can’t seem to get it up — in the form of a little blue pill, has been a thing for men for at least 15 years.

And now, women may get the chance to experience sex after aging, too.

A drug called flibanserin — affectionately called “women’s viagra” — that addresses low libido for women will be reviewed by the FDA on Thursday. Sprout, the pharmaceutical company that manufactures flibanserin, has already been rejected twice because its benefits (getting in the frisky mood) don’t outweigh the negative side effects (like dizziness and nausea). We’re shooting the FDA a few looks of, “WTF?!” because male libido drugs cause dizziness, fainting, and changes in vision, yet are deemed beneficial anyway, so it’s a classic case of, “Are male sex lives more important than women’s?” (Answer: no).

If approved, the drug will be marketed as a treatment option for hypoactive sexual desire disorder, a disorder that causes a low sex drive in women. It’s an important drug for gender equality, as some can argue that women don’t have the same, or equal, options available to deal with different degrees of sexual dysfunction as their male counterparts.

Other pharmaceutical companies — Pfizer and Procter & Gamble — have attempted to make similar drugs, but haven’t been successful.

So let’s cross our fingers this thing gets approved — because I want to be sexually active ( as my high school health teacher would say) well into my 80s.

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