Alternatives to Female Viagra

The first prescription drug designed to boost women’s sexual desire will soon be available!

Although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration twice rejected the drug, brand name flibanserin, for failing to show significant benefits, the product was finally given approval in September.  As the female alternative to Viagra, the little “pink” pill will soon be hitting pharmacy shelves under the brand name Addyi.  According to Sally Greenberg, head of the National Consumers League, “this is the biggest breakthrough for women’s sexual health since the pill.”

Not everyone agrees, however.  Testing has shown the drug only provides modest benefits and its potential side effects are many.  The FDA warns that flibanserin can cause drowsiness, dizziness, fainting and low blood pressure.  Alcohol may worsen these side effects.  In addition, the drug may not be effective for you.  The drug, which is approved for an unexplained loss of libido, benefits only 8 to 13 percent of the women who take it.  In addition, it only increases sexual events a paltry 0.5 per month.

The difficulties of creating this drug are legendary.  In contrast, Viagra was a simpler drug to develop.  Viagra works by simply increasing blood flow to the penis.  Flibanserin was initially developed as an anti-dpressent and works by altering women’s brain chemistry to create enhanced desire.   In short, Viagra is a simple chemical effect while Flibanserin is a more complex mood altering drug.  In addition, because it is not as effective as Viagra, not all insurance plans are covering this drug.  So if you are unwilling or unable to try flibanserin, what are your alternatives?

First of all, allow yourself to get into the mood.  Take a shower, wash your hair, put on make-up – whatever it is you need to do to feel sexy, do it.  No one is going to find you attractive unless you feel attractive about yourself.  Second, relax.  Put aside the daily stresses of your life.  Have a glass of wine, take a bubble bath, put away your electronic devices – do not allow yourself any distractions.  Third, set the mood.  Read an erotic novel, watch a sexy movie, light some candles and put on some sexy music.  Finally, don’t forget toys.  The surest way to an orgasm is stimulation.  Try a vibrator with clitoral stimulation, g-spot stimulation or both.  Couple it with some lubricant and a topical stimulator and you won’t even need a prescription for flibanserin!

* This blog was updated on September 2, 2022 to remove or update links and information.

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