Not as into sex as you want to be? Maybe this can help.
The “female Viagra” to treat women with low sexual drives was approved last Tuesday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. It’s not as easy to get a hold of as Viagra however, as the drug can cause dangerously low blood pressure.
Only certified physicians will be able to prescribe the drug and only certified pharmacists will be able to sell it due to its health hazards.
The drug which has the brand name Addyi, known generically as flibanserin, is made exclusively by Sprout Pharmaceutical. This is the third time the drug has been submitted for approval. It was rejected the first two times for lackluster effectiveness and safety issues. The latest decision that finally approves the drug comes with strict rules and measures to ensure that consumers are fully aware of the risks.
Unlike Viagra, the drug has to be taken daily as the drug works on the brain compared to Viagra which affects blood flow.
Other side effects of the drug are sleepiness, nausea and dizziness which intensify to dangerously low blood pressure and fainting when taken with alcohol.
The drug is specifically targeted for premenopausal women with hypoactive sexual desire disorder, those whose lack of sexual desire causes them distress.
Artificial solutions not your thing? Here are some tips on how to amp up your sex drive:
1. Don’t stress on sex. Focus on foreplay. Do things slowly and build up the excitement. Hold hands, give each other back rubs and massages, French kiss or do oral sex. It doesn’t have to be all about intercourse.
2. Drink a glass of red wine The high levels of antioxidants in the red wine widens blood vessels which can increase blood flow, according to a study. Blood flow is critical to arousal. Menopausal women find it harder to get aroused because there’s less blood flow to their vagina from the lack of estrogen that their body no longer produces as much of.
3. A good adrenaline rush works You’re on a high from taking on a scary water slide and suddenly your partner’s sexier than ever. A study from the Archives of Sexual Behavior says it’s because of the adrenaline. “When you’re doing something exciting, your heart is racing and your nervous system is activated, much like they would be if you were sexually aroused,” says study lead researcher Cindy Meston, PhD.
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