Anti-depressant hailed as ‘Viagra for women’

November 19, 2009 at 7:23 am | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment
clipped from www.independent.co.uk

One of the world’s oldest controversies – over the nature of female sexual
desire – is set to be reopened today by the discovery of a drug described as
“Viagra for women”.

Doctors testing a new anti-depressant found it was useless as a mood
brightener – but was unexpectedly effective at boosting the female libido.

Have women's magazines just been brainwashing us over the years with their hundreds of articles about women and sex? They've droned on about everything from the importance of orgasms to waiting to being in love before having sex, but have they been getting it all wrong?

Now three clinical trials have shown that the drug fibanserin significantly
improved sexual desire and satisfaction in women.

The accidental discovery mirrors that of Viagra, which was being tested as a
heart medicine in the 1990s when the male subjects prescribed it discovered
it had a pleasing side effect.

However, fibanserin is different in that it works on the brain rather than on
the genitals, according to John Thorp, professor of obstetrics and
gynaecology at the University of North Carolina. Doctors have long known
that in women, the brain is the most important sex organ.

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