Viagra For Women

A company called Sprout Pharmaceuticals has been lobbying the Food and Drug Administration to approve its experimental drug, which would be the first treatment of its kind for this problem.

“Flibanserin is a novel, non-hormonal pill to treat hypoactive sexual desire disorder in premenopausal women,” says Sprout CEO Cindy Whitehead.

Critics say the so-called “little pink pill” has not proven to be safe or effective. “This is a drug that’s meant to be taken every day for the rest of a woman’s life. We don’t know what the long-term effects are,” says Adriane Fugh-Berman, MD, associate professor at Georgetown University Medical Center and director of the research project PharmedOut. She also questions the validity of HSDD as a diagnosis.

“Low desire is not a medical condition, and in fact the term hypoactive sexual desire disorder has been eliminated from the latest ‘Diagnostic [and] Statistical Manual,’” Fugh-Berman says. “Low libido can be caused by a number of different things, including diabetes, depression, other medical conditions, medications — particularly antidepressants and relationship problems.”