Sexual Health

Ask Sofia: What is female Viagra?

“Female Viagra” and “the little pink pill” have been generating headlines and sparking talk show conversation recently as the FDA approved flibanserin (marketed under the brand name Addyi) to treat lack of female desire last month.

Designed to treat a persistent lack of libido or Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder in pre-menopausal women, flibanserin targets neurotransmitters in the brain that can play a role in sexual interest and excitement. While there are about 25 drugs available to treat male sexual issues, this is the first option on the market for women. The non-hormonal pill is taken daily.

“Before it was even approved, we were pleased that the little pink pill was sparking more conversations about women’s sexual dysfunction,” said Dr. Jewelia Wagner. “While one drug alone isn’t a magic bullet, it brings up the need for discussion and support. It is completely normal to experience changes in desire and sexuality throughout your lifetime, but if you are continuing to struggle with loss of interest in sex or other challenges, we offer a wealth of resources that can support women physically, mentally and emotionally.”

Side effects of the new drug can include sleepiness, dizziness and nausea, so it is important to avoid alcohol when taking the pill and to talk to your doctor about safe use.

The doctors and staff at Clinic Sofia can answer questions and offer further assistance when it comes to medication, hormonal issues and anything else related to libido.  If you have questions, be sure to let us know.

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