Does Viagra Work for Women?
Female sexual dysfunction (FSD) is a condition that is not yet fully understood by doctors and the scientific community in general. In fact, this problem doesn’t manifest itself in only one condition, but rather several, none of which are mutually exclusive. These several conditions can have different physical, psychological and emotional causes, which are often hard to pinpoint.
Given this scenario, it seems quite obvious why it becomes so hard to find effective methods or drugs to treat FSD. This doesn’t always mean that this condition is left untreated though, but rather that alternative methods are often trialed in order to eventually find a definitive solution.
One of those methods, or in this case a drug, is Viagra for women. The idea of a female equivalent of the “blue pill” is something that has been sought by the pharmaceutical industry for a long time. And we are not talking about that “pink pill” here, since Addyi, the so-called female Viagra, has largely missed the mark in the time that has elapsed from its approval and entry into the market to this day.
Instead, what we are talking about are experiments — both domestic and conducted in controlled lab settings — where women took the famous blue pill in order to try and solve female sexual dysfunction or improve their sexual performance in general. And while FSD is a very different condition from its male equivalent, results show that sildenafil, the main component in Viagra pills, can actually be also effective for women, even if in a different way.
Some researchers and pundits may be highly reluctant to accept this, as Viagra is meant to increase blood flow to the penis, thus curing erectile dysfunction in men. Women have no similar mechanism in their bodies (though they can have a clitoris erection when aroused) but both testimonials and at least one study suggest that women can in fact benefit from taking Viagra, with only mild side effects to account for.
The study, which worked under the theory that increasing blood flow to the genitals might increase sensation and lubrication in women the same way it causes erections in men, shows that women who don’t suffer from FSD experience higher levels of pleasure and sexual performance when taking Viagra. For women with Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder, however, the benefit is even greater.
When the psychological and emotional factors are excluded, women who took part in the study have reported an increase in sensation, lubrication and arousal when taking the blue pill. This is quite important to note that a lot of women have difficulties to reach an orgasm, especially after menopause, when the hormonal change causes their levels of lubrication and sensation to naturally drop.
As for side effects, those observed for the 50mg daily dose were, like we’ve already mentioned, quite mild, and consistent with those observed in men. Women reported slight headaches, nausea, flushing and some vision-related symptoms, but no severe cases were registered during the study.
The bottom line here is that the possibility of using Viagra as a treatment for female sexual dysfunction is viable. However, it still needs to be further researched and tested before it becomes a widely accepted practice and the blue pill gains the FDA’s official approval for use by women.