The Conversation Continues on the Female Libido Drug

Holy Hormones Journal: There’s a pill for that coming soon to a pharmacy near you. Works on the brain’s neurotransmitters – so that not only do you orgasm, you want to orgasm. All in all, the author of this article, Kate Hakala has done fabulous job in presenting an overview of the pros and cons of this drug. But do women really need a drug to have the desire to orgasm? Of course, I have my comments – they are below… some mirror Hakala’s… but the real issue is what are the side effects or long-term benefits vs. risks of a female libido drug?

“If women, generally speaking, learn other lessons, that sexual desire and expression are not necessarily positive, and if therefore they don’t think as much about sex, then their neural networks will be less stimulated and comparatively weak.” ~ Daniel Bergner, New York Times.

“Comparatively weak.” There is that word again. What is the message being sent to Orgasm incwomen? That if you have been raped, abused, sexually traumatized as 1 in 3 women have been (5 out of 8 women who gathered in my living room one Sunday afternoon affirmed this statistic and the abuse included years of incest), that you are neurally less stimulated, comparatively weak and therefore need a pill to enhance your sexual libido so you can re-join the flock of neurally-accepted and comparatively strong women?

Ok – now that the social/political rant is out of the way – let’s look at the push a libido pill another way. Have any of you been on synthetic hormones? Hmm… what did that steroid do to your brain? Have any of you been on psychotropics? And what did that do to your brain? Now the pharmaceutical companies want to get FDA approval for fibanserin (anti-depressant repackaged to be a sex drug) to further mess with the neurotransmitters in your brain.

If you are even considering doing this – the first thing I would ask for are the clinical studies on the use of this drug with synthetic hormones and psychotropics. Oh, wait – what I am thinking- we are the long-term clinical trials.

Note: It is advised that medical consumers wait at least 5 years before trying a new drug. Unless of course, there is no other medical option for you diagnosis and treatment.

But that women are standing in line ready to be part of the clinical trials tells you two things: women are hormonally balanced – and they are nutritionally depleted. So while you are waiting the five years for this new drug to be on the market – try targeted micronutrients to the brain. Period. Stay in control of your body.

Remember these words from feminist Germaine Greer:

“A woman’s body is the battlefield where she fights for liberation. It is through her body that oppression works, reifying her, sexualizing her, victimizing her, disabling her.” ~The Whole Woman, 1999

And I am throwing this quote in for historical perspective:

The souls of women are so small,
That some believe they’ve none at all. ~Samuel Butler (1612-1680), Miscellaneous Thoughts

Bergner and Butler are not that far off from each other. How far have we really come, baby? Is all of this ‘sexual freedom’ and ‘sexual pleasure’ a guise to keep women controlled by drugs?

This Is the Conversation We Need to Be Having About the Female Libido Pill

By Kate Hakala

The debate surrounding the female libido pill is back and more controversial than ever.

Sprout Pharmaceuticals announced Tuesday it would be resubmitting its application for approval to the Food and Drug Administration for its female libido-enhancing drug flibanserin. The push follows a “recent lobbying blitz by politicians, women’s groups and consumer advocates aimed at pushing it onto the market,” reports CBS News. If passed, flibanserin would be the first FDA-approved drug to approach the needs of women who reportedly lack sexual desire, though there are already 24 on the market to improve male sexual dysfunction.

The proposed female libido pill is making a splash because it works on neurotransmitters in the brain. According to NPR, flibanserin increases desire chemicals like dopamine and norepinephrine, while decreasing serotonin, which hinders sex drive for some.

Though early trials of flibanserin yielded an 18% improvement in sexual desire from participants, female libido pills have a long-established history of being rejected by the FDA on efficacy and safety claims. And flibanserin has already been rejected by the agency twice. Yet with every whisper of a nearing FDA approval for a female libido pill come women lining up desperate to try it.

But what many women may not realize is that a lot of the issues associated with a lack of female sexual desire stem from problems a pill cannot address — and they’re ones women shouldn’t feel bad about. Before you or a friend get in line for a clinical trial for the “female Viagra,” this is what you should know.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.

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