‘A 2008 survey of more than 30,000 U.S. women published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology found that nearly 40 percent reported that they’d had a sexual problem at some point in their lives, with low desire being the most common issue,’ according to CNN.
Although it usually is a private matter, more women are sharing their frustrations online on sites like the Circle of Moms. The progress toward a drug that could boost women’s libido has also sparked more conversation, including responses to a recent CNNHealth blog. Now that possible solution may be one vote away.
Friday, a committee of reproductive health experts at the Food and Drug Administration will vote on the efficacy and safety of a drug called flibanserin, a type of antidepressant medication that works by balancing the brain chemicals linked to sexual desire. If approved, this drug — which some call the “female Viagra” — will be the first available to treat premenopausal women hypoactive sexual desire disorder or HSDD, an umbrella term for many forms of female sexual dysfunction.