Can a Pill Make Women Horny? The Scoop on Flibanserin

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There’s a new drug in the works that hopes to cure women of libido problem, or at least make them a bit more horny. The FDA has yet to approve the non-hormonal new drug called flibanserin, which aids its users by stimulating certain serotonin production in the brain while blocking the rest, rather than physically stimulating the body. The biggest competition for such a drug ranges from vaginal crèmes to herbal supplements, all of which lack in effectiveness and popularity. The LA Times states:

“Women receiving the highest dosage had an average of 1.7 satisfying sexual events each month beyond the baseline level of 2.7 events. Those receiving the placebo had a 0.8-event increase. The women also scored significantly higher on measures of sexual desire and significantly lower on scales measuring distress related to their sexual functioning, she said.”

This all sounds good and successful, but per usual, there are some skeptics. First, the FDA recently rejected a drug that had similar results because they feared it would be widely abused. This part really irks me. If men are allowed a wide variety of stimulating and erection-enhancing medications, why would we be concerned about women abusing a similar drug? Not to mention the fact that there are many, MANY other drugs that are often and easily abused (painkillers, ADD and ADHD medications, anti-anxiety pills, etc.). That’s why we have doctors to prescribe them. That’s why we have to go to a pharmacy to get them. That’s why they are regulated, just like this drug would be.

Second of all, some intelligent women argue that flibanserin is the wrong answer to a bigger problem:

“Liz Canner, director of the new documentary “Orgasm Inc.,” about the efforts to develop such drugs, said flibanserin ‘doesn’t deal with what causes low libido: relationship problems, stress and so forth. The idea that we can go in and change the brain by lowering inhibitions is quite disturbing.’”

Okay, I hear her on this one; I really do. But now I’m going to get personal. You see, I have sinister uterus (Endometriosis): it hurts, it cramps, it grows lesions and it swells up my insides causing a world of sexual problems. Not to mention I’m on a lot of birth control in hopes to contain my uterus’ major attitude problems. Now, being a young twenty-something, I am very concerned about maintaining a healthy, responsible and enjoyable sexual life. AND my problems don’t have anything (well mostly anything) to do with relationship problems and stress. So if there were a pill I could take that could fix my lack of libido, I would take it in a heartbeat. I’m not sure if flibanserin is the pill that will fix my problems, but I think this is a very, very important field of study. There are a lot of women who suffer from different diseases of their reproductive organs, and such ailments can really affect sexual desire and enjoyment. So please Liz Canner, don’t stand in the way of their research. And please scientists and researchers, find me a pill that works.



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24 thoughts on “Can a Pill Make Women Horny? The Scoop on Flibanserin

  1. I agree that we shouldn’t take anything that alters your serotonin levels lightly, it’s not aspirin.

    however(and this is important), chronic low libido is a life quality issue. so is depression, and people regularly make the decision to try antidepressants.

    • Yes but the article says

      “If men are allowed a wide variety of stimulating and erection-enhancing medications, why would we be concerned about women abusing a similar drug?”

      Which is laughably ignorant

      • Sure, women will abuse them. but the point is that men do too already. If it has been decided that the risk is acceptable for men, then why not for women?

        Of course, this is dealing with brain chemistry, rather than simply vasodilation, which is a much bigger issue. It is reasonable to consider them differently, but I see where the question of equality comes from.

  2. I dont know if this scientifically true, but anyway
    my point is, in our era thay are trying to give us easy solutions (ie. solutions we can BUY) to our problems
    whereas some of the can be usefull (like a dishwasher), I am totally AGAINST the marketing of sex, that includes plastic-surgery, viagra, etc

    • Sure, when there’s a systemic problem you can fix, that is better. But for some people, talking it out really just isn’t there. There are chemical problems that can be fixed only by chemicals. and while it doesn’t work for everyone, for some people it’s a lifesaver. Be thankful you’ve never had such a problem, rather than making claims about people who have.

  3. The one issue I think which is sort of inappropriately handled is the idea of abuse of this drug. I could see frat boys getting a hold of this and butting it in drinks. I mean making women horny isn’t like putting a date rape drug in their drinks, but it still doesn’t seem quite right…
    of course, I have no idea how this drug works, if it is just taken when needed or taken regularly.

    • I thought about that too, and would need a lot more information on how it works.
      One thought I’ve had is that it might be one of those things that doesn’t just increase, but helps stop a decrease. Such that it can help a deficiency, but have little effect on a healhty person – think ventolin.

      • “…aids its users by stimulating certain serotonin production in the brain while blocking the rest, rather than physically stimulating the body.”

        • It depends on /how/ it alters the production. Maybe it’s just something that makes more produced. Maybe it’s something that affects underused producers. Maybe it actually works on something that has lowered the production.,
          I’m not saying that it doesn’t affect healthy people. I’m just saying that from this information, we don’t *know* that.

  4. It makes me so mad that no company has come out with a drug like this. It is so unfair. I have suffered from sexual disfunction my whole life. I have had wonderful boyfriends and it is always a source of contention. It has ruined many attempts and successful relationships. It IS a real disease and it does cause considerable mental side effects. Many women simply can’t understand because things come very easy for them. But I would hope that they could understand how devastating this problem really is and that it deserves the attention of our medical community. I’m so sick and tired of people telling me to keep trying toys and masturbating. They have no idea what they are talking about. My problem deserves to be treated just like people who suffer from other diseases. A drug like this is long overdue.

  5. This is an interesting drug… It has the potential to help many woman but also the potential to be used incorrectly such as by high libido men who simply want more sex so they encourage(kind of force) their woman into taking it for their own pleasure.

  6. Or you could just smoke a big fat joint and get the exact same effect; or get drunk. Wow a new drug that lowers inhibitions!

    Are you kidding me?

  7. Back in the 80′s and 90′s their was adrug that woked great for the inhibition for sex ( men and womwn ).It was called Mandrax. It worked so well the goverment banned it and the drug dealers made a forutune on it after that because it di work so well.

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