Female Viagra & Other Ways to Boost a Woman’s Desire

Men have had the help of the little blue pill Viagra, for years to help with their performance in the bedroom. Women, on the other hand, have largely been left out of the equation even though according to WebMd, “loss of sexual desire, known in medical terms as hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD), is the most common form of sexual dysfunction among women of all ages.”

A new drug however, might change things for women.  Flibanserin, which was originally marketed (and failed to make it) as an antidepressant drug is showing promising results for women with low sexual desire and sexual satisfaction, according to ABC news.

Although the drug has already been dubbed “the female Viagra,” it is important to note that it doesn’t work the same way as the male version. While Viagra treats erectile dysfunction in men by increasing blood flow to the genitals, this new drug works on a psychological level by modulating serotonin and other neurotransmitters to enhance a woman’s mood.

Before you ask your doctor to sign you a prescription, you should know the drug is still in the developmental stages and is not yet approved by the FDA, so it will be a while before we see it hit the market.

But if you’re suffering from low sexual desire and looking for help, you might not need medication at all. We suggest trying the following natural methods first.

1) Speak with a doctor: First and foremost, you should talk to your doctor to determine if you really are suffering from hypoactive sexual desire disorder or if there is something else going on. According to Livestrong, certain medications for high blood pressure, respiratory problems or depression can hamper with your sexual life and a doctor can help rule these out as possibilities or offer alternatives.

2) Talk it out: Therapy can offer great benefits to women experiencing a downfall in their sexual desires. Whether there are issues in your relationship that need to be addressed, such as a lack of emotional satisfaction, or you are experiencing other stressors such as a heavier work load or low-self esteem due to recent weight gain, talking to a trained expert can help ease your mind and make it easier to get back on track. If you can’t speak with an expert, even a good chat with a friend or loved one can help you get some perspective.

3) Have a sweat session: Exercise not only helps to keep you in shape and stay healthy, but can also boost libido according to numerous studies. Even a short run can help melt the stress away, release feel-good endorphins and get you in the mood. So hit the gym, and then hit the sack. Better yet, take your partner along and work up a sweat together.Food_300

4) Try Aphrodisiacs: Just as exercise can boost those feel good endorphins, so too can certain types of food according to some people. Ingredients in foods like dark chocolate, oysters, and honey may help feed your desires. And remember, a glass or wine can help lower inhibitions and produce feelings of warmth that may heat things up.

5) Switch things up: If your sex life has hit a plateau due to boredom, consider mixing things up a bit. Role playing, sex toys, and trying new positions can spice up the routine and make sex exciting again. And if you haven’t explored fantasies with your partner yet, it might be time to speak up about it.

6) Use a Lubricant: If sex is painful due to vaginal dryness, which many women experience as menopause sets in, using lubricants can ease the pain and help make sex enjoyable again. Experiment with different formulas that provide heating, cooling or even tingling sensations to see which one feels the best for you.

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