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Who will benefit from Viagra for women?

Next month, the FDA will consider endorsing the first pill designed to do for women what Viagra did for men: boost their sex lives. Do you think "Viagra for women" is a good thing for women's health or is big pharma making up the disorder to sell unnecessary drugs? Read the article.

By Andrea Caumont  |  May 24, 2010; 11:23 AM ET  | Category:  National Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Duh, MEN will benefit the most. I am kidding, but I do think it should have been a choice in the poll.

Posted by: spam21 | May 24, 2010 12:57 PM

SPAM21 is right. I clicked on thinking that MEN would be an option. It's the one I would have chosen.

Posted by: VaBroker | May 24, 2010 1:36 PM

This is one where I would definitely get it for my wife and for my girlfriends....


oopsie......

Posted by: MajorConfusion | May 25, 2010 5:21 AM

"Good for Women's health", what a joke. In what way? Anyone who thinks that by having a libido pill will make someone more healthful is crazy. With every pill there are ridiculous side effects. In all actuality, it's putting someone at greater risks of problems they wouldn't have unless they take the pill.
Men just need to be more creative in pleasing their mates! Maybe we need another pill for men instead. Maybe if the husband, etc. brushed their teeth, and made an effort to smell better their mates might get in the "mood" once in a while. Tee Hee.. How's that for ya :)

Posted by: riswest | May 25, 2010 6:36 AM

Great, now there will be commercials about a woman being ready to go for hours during regular viewing hours - gross. Why can't people just accept the fact that they aren't in the mood because A. they are old B. they are out of shape and their body can't perform correctly and/or C. get off me I am tired

Posted by: dcjayhawk2 | May 25, 2010 6:37 AM

Seriously, people do NOT need a pink pill or a blue pill, they do NOT need to be 'ready' for sex 24/7/365. They do NOT need to be told the sex they're having now isn't good enough, and that taking a pill will make it better.
People are not going to have perfectly-scripted (fake) sexual experiences like shown in TV and movies, not going to have the 'perfect' sexual experience they fantasize about, even with a pink or blue pill.


Before anyone takes the blue pill or the pink pill, they need to be told what these pills REALLY do to their bodies.

The pink pill and the blue pill can affect what your body does, but can do nothing to affect how your mind thinks.

Posted by: momof20yo | May 25, 2010 7:31 AM

Sounds like the pharms are trying to convince people they have a problem and then selling them a drug to cure the made up problem. Anyone remember "Restless Leg Syndrone"?

Posted by: KROBO1 | May 25, 2010 7:52 AM

As long as it's safe why not? Who is anyone to decide what we can put into our bodies? Plus, the less obvious result of these semi-recreational/semi-prescription drugs is we came up with them first, not china. We're stimulating the economy, among other things.

Posted by: lmn8r | May 25, 2010 8:00 AM

While I think that a medication that could enhance libido for women would be a useful choice, I would hesitate at endorsing something that manipulates brain substances like this. Sounds like it might have other unforeseen effects. For an average of one more sexual experience a month... not sure it's worth it.

Posted by: catherine3 | May 25, 2010 8:03 AM

I'm thrilled this will come on the market. Birth control has a common, but rarely publicized side effect - loss of libido. Very frustrating. Myself and about half my friends have encountered this and can't wait to give this drug a try. I have to say, I'm sick of all these people attempting to "protect" women by not letting them have a good sex life and be protected from pregnancy at the same time. Approve the blasted drug and stop pretending women cannot be trusted to decide for themselves what they need.

Posted by: ipsissimus | May 25, 2010 8:04 AM

44% in this poll think its good news for women, that means 44% don't know they are being duped.

Every tv add pushing meds for such things as dry eye syndrome, restless leg syndrome and so on were unheard of 10 years ago, and every one of their "cures" has side effects worst than the existing "condition".

They were smart enough to find a cure for polio, and even smarter to realize there is no money for curing what ails you. there is more money in the "band aid " drugs, those drugs that don't cure, but simply mask the problem. And they laugh all the way to bank. You have volunteered to be their guinea pig!

Posted by: victorlove1 | May 25, 2010 8:40 AM

The ladies that come to me asking for help for their depressed libido because it is ruining their relationship don't see this pill as big pharma jerking them around by the nose to make another profit margin - they see it as help for a devastating problem...

dr. o

Posted by: ad4hk2004 | May 25, 2010 9:03 AM

It's a brave new world we are in.

Posted by: hamkast | May 25, 2010 9:10 AM

A woman's not interested so there must be something wrong with her??? Seems to me the problem is big pharma and the male ego.

Posted by: cb11 | May 25, 2010 9:38 AM

Big Pharma: Solving problems as fast as we create them.

Posted by: slartibartfast42 | May 25, 2010 9:53 AM

Big pharma's MO is shilling unneeded drugs on us. But at the same time, i think the world would be a better place if everyone was getting laid more often. Might help keep some marriages together, too. =)

Posted by: BrownTown5000 | May 25, 2010 9:57 AM

I think this is one where commenters should say something about their background/lifestyle to contextualize their opinion.

I am a happily married woman in her 40s (EARLY 40s, yes, I'm pathetic). I would welcome and probably try this medication, for the sake of my marriage as much as anything else.

A lot of younger people have no idea how a routine and dull sex can become as you get older and are limited to one partner. They think it will never happen to them, that they will "keep the fire" going. Well, good luck. It's not as easy as it sounds.

Sexual dysfunction in men is real and grows as they get older. A woman's response is likely to be "great, less work for me." But men can't do without it, even if they have to take a pill to do it. But even then a woman often can't (or won't) feign interest. Does this spark frustration and even resentment in men? Yes. I don't want to make excuses for them, but the wandering eye can have its origins in a boring marital bed.

Long story short, if the technology exists for men, it should exist for women as well. And as with men, it will be taken (if at all) for a variety of reasons, not all of them strictly "recreational."

Bring it on, big Pharma, bring it on!

Posted by: Clio1 | May 25, 2010 9:58 AM

Whether or not it's good for women, I agree that the main thrust is that it is good for men to rev up their female partners' libidos. An acid test would be to see how fast it gets added to insurance company formularies. Since birth control pills - a proven, relatively safe way to prevent one of the leading causes of women's health problems - still do not qualify for insurance coverage under many policies, the cynic in me has every confidence that the 'pink pill' will probably get added rapidly, adding to the problem of unplanned and unexpected pregnancies and a whole new type of date rape doping.

Posted by: jennyp7 | May 25, 2010 10:03 AM

It's needed, but the proposed drug idea is impossible. The laws of physics and the space time continum would need to be broken in order for this idea to succeed. It can't be done.

Posted by: 50Eagle | May 25, 2010 10:07 AM

As a women's health nurse practitioner, I am more disturbed by the cynicism and uninformed opinions here. Reading a biased article by a Post writer is really not enough to determine if this is just big Pharma or an important prescription that helps women. Those of us who work with older adults know that as men and women age, decreases in hormones can affect a person's sexual health. For some people this is a really important part of their lives. Before we judge, think about this: why do we do angioplasty and pass out statins to people who have arteriosclerosis? Why don't we just let nature take its course? Another point is that not all women suffer post partum depression, but some do and it is now a recognized disorder. The same thing could be said for Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder. More research is certainly needed, but we shouldn't dismiss something we know so little about.

Posted by: kaneobcomm | May 25, 2010 10:49 AM

I think this would be wonderful, and I'm a healthy 33-year-old woman. I've been married for almost 13 years and my sex drive is nonexistant. I was on the pill for 10 years and I had hoped after stopping that medication that my sex drive would return. It did for a while, but after that it's completely disappeared.

It's so hard to not have any sex drive AT ALL. I seriously only want it once a year. Because I love my husband so very much, I feign interest. I WANT to want sex but all I can muster is indifference.

While I am skeptical whether a pill could solve my problems, I am willing to try just about anything at this point.

Posted by: apate13 | May 25, 2010 10:57 AM

There ought to be a huge market for this among teenage boys. They'd like it coke flavored, or maybe tasteless.

Posted by: IGiveup1 | May 25, 2010 11:07 AM

Well, sure, pharmaceutical companies want to sell drugs, but that doesn't mean that it's unneeded. Those who think that low libido is a made-up ailment apparently don't know any women who suffer from it, but I assure you, it is very real. I've had almost no sex drive since having kids, and have talked to dozens of other moms who are in the same straits--this is not exclusive to moms, either, they're just the women I talk with most frequently. I love my husband, and remember very fondly the days when I actually wanted sex. It would make both of us a lot happier if we had sex more often, and I would definitely be willing to give this pill a try if it became available.

Posted by: AlackAlas | May 25, 2010 11:10 AM

Too bad there isn't a pill to prevent ugly.

Posted by: clandestinetomcat | May 25, 2010 11:23 AM

"A woman's not interested so there must be something wrong with her??? Seems to me the problem is big pharma and the male ego."

Hey grandma, how about you stay home, cranky, alone, and miserable. Let the rest of us have some fun.

Posted by: princeps2 | May 25, 2010 11:37 AM

I am in no way a fan of Pharma. But they don't need to convince people that they have a disorder to start wanting something like this. Men wanted a pill for ED long before any drugs came on the market for it and women for ages have been wishing that they could have a higher sex drive, usually to help relationships.

To the writer who says that men need to put more energy into making women want to have sex I would ask: once a man does all those things and a woman's sex drive doesn't change, is it then a disorder? Is it ever a disorder even when it causes problems in relationships? Men's ED pills were good because there are plenty of men who have lower sex drives than their partners and this has been good for those relationships. Why the double standard? What's good for the goose is good for the gander right?

For the person saying that people don't need higher sex drives, that person has probably never had any problems that arose from experiencing themselves or with partners as a result of sexual problems (or it made them bitter and defend the idea that having a low sex drive is the proper way of things).

Posted by: mandrake | May 25, 2010 11:40 AM

Almost always, the failure by women to reach orgasm has a lot to do with her partner, not her inability because of physical reasons. No prescription from big Pharma is necessary to remedy that situation.

Posted by: littleoldlady | May 25, 2010 11:46 AM

"is big pharma making up the disorder to sell unnecessary drugs?"

i'm pretty sure big pharma didn't make up women

Posted by: project_mayhem | May 25, 2010 11:47 AM

Women who are always ready - Pharma fixes evolutions one great mistake. ;-p

Posted by: treetopflyer | May 25, 2010 12:12 PM

All you need to do is google Orgasm Inc. and read about the documentary featuring Big Pharma's search for this drug-- the must-have accessory that mostly no one really needs.

Posted by: dmland | May 25, 2010 12:25 PM

Hi, I'm Troy McClure. As an actor, I need my eyeballs to look their whitest....

Posted by: steveboyington | May 25, 2010 12:42 PM

Another invented disease to sell drugs, a la, fibromyalgia and A.D.D. Don't even get me started on "Adult" A.D.D.

Posted by: drjcarlucci | May 25, 2010 12:56 PM

Anyone who thinks this will not benefit women's health knows nothing about women's health. A post menopausal woman can have something called vaginal atrophy. There is no sex drive, there is no sex, therefore the vagina atrophies which causes infections, bladder problems, discomfort etc. There are also women who have far less sexual desire than they would like and this is an issue for them emotionally and physically. There is an incredible amount of focus on men's sexual desires and needs socially, culturally and medically. This is the first time this issue is being dealt with medically and it's incredibly overdue. Drug companies are not trying to convince people they have a problem--there are women, men and physicians who know there is a problem and hopefully this will address it. And for the posters above who are saying you're not in the mood because you're old--sex is not just for those you think are "hot". Get out of your Maxim mindset and look around.

Posted by: eve6 | May 25, 2010 1:34 PM

Naw, it's a boost to evolution. Those women who take the pill will have more daughters who are willing to take the pill and are willing to have more sex with men.

Soon women will want sex as much as men do, and then the question of "What do women want?" will be answered.

Freud would be so pleased.

Posted by: LeeH1 | May 25, 2010 1:51 PM

Maybe the women is not "in the mood" because the living room needs to be cleaned, there is a sink full of dishes, a pile of laundry and a bathroom that needs to be scrubbed. Meanwhile all the man sees is his penis. Women don't need a pill to get "in the mood" they need a pill to make men do housework.

Posted by: alterego3 | May 25, 2010 2:00 PM

ditto alterego3

a woman's road to sex is different than a man. if i'm not in the mood, a pill to make my body react won't help my mind

Posted by: nall92 | May 25, 2010 2:46 PM

sex DRIVE. As in "the FORCE be with you..". Quite a few of the commenting females seem to prefer shopping & TV: that's not a pill thing

Posted by: craigslsst | May 25, 2010 2:57 PM

If a pill makes sex better, the women is far more likely to get help with ..., than she is by denying sex, or worst yet making the Man feel unloved by not desiring sex. You can pretend all you want that its a fault with men, but to a man, if his love does not want to have sex with him, he will feel unloved, because he is!!

Posted by: Muddy_Buddy_2000 | May 25, 2010 2:57 PM

Seriously, I'm all about sisterhood and all but some of you really need to lay off the feminist bs. There are women out there who are distressed about persistent lack of sexual desire, because - get this! - they miss having sex! Not because their husbands are badgering them, but because they remember what it was like to feel sexual and enjoy that part of their lives, and they want it back. For themselves, get it? FOR THEMSELVES. Sheesh. The entire world is not one vast conspiracy, folks. We do not live in the Matrix.

Posted by: rhalter3633 | May 25, 2010 2:59 PM

I suppose a few women will find this a blessing. If insurance pays for it, then women have another weapon in the argument to inculde birth control pills in the covered category. Accomplishing the goal without the undesirable side effects of testosterone will be a challenge. Whether or not this idea passes the greatest good for the greatest number test is questionable at best.

Posted by: abbyandmollycats | May 25, 2010 3:16 PM

Gee wizz, blue pills...pink pills, life has gotten so complicated.
I remember when all you needed was to show up with a fist full of flowers and a bottle of wine, life sure was good back then.

Posted by: tniederberger | May 25, 2010 3:17 PM

I often wonder what I would choose if I had a choice between a pill to make me WANT sex versus a pill to make my husband NOT want sex...hmmm, hard choice to make!

Posted by: samney | May 25, 2010 3:57 PM

I often wonder what I would choose if I had a choice between a pill to make me WANT sex versus a pill to make my husband NOT want sex...hmmm, hard choice to make!

Posted by: samney | May 25, 2010 3:57 PM
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I hope your poor husband finds a new spouse soon.

Posted by: bigbrother1 | May 25, 2010 4:37 PM

I wonder how many men clicked the "yes" button. Sure, they, as usual, want something for nothing. Sure, have her take a pill so lazy man doesn't have to work.

Hey, guys, the reason women don't want to have s e x wiht you is that men are BAD at s e x. But the frail male ego could never ever think of that. No, let's just guilt women into thinking there is something wrong with them because they don't do what men want, when they want it and with little effort from men.

And don't even bother with the "you have to tell us what you like" nonsense. Look, if this is what you want (and it is you guys who want it WAY more than women) than you figure it out.

This pill won't work and neither will the guilt trip. We have figured you out and you can't handle it.

And here will come the insults to shut me up: (1) you're bitter and can't get a date (wrong, I spend more time turning down guys than anything else) (2) you're a man hater (and what if I am - that's your greatest nightmare come true).

So cut out the whining, guys, and work on solutions. You're supposed to be "Mr. Fix It".

Posted by: cjgh | May 25, 2010 5:09 PM

It's not just about Big Pharma, and it's not just about men. Lesbians with low or no sex drive have been waiting for this, too.

Posted by: msg38 | May 25, 2010 5:30 PM

CJGH: It's called therapy. Give it a try. You sound like a very unhappy person.

Posted by: bigbrother1 | May 25, 2010 5:32 PM

Great, yet more drugs pissed into the water supply.

Posted by: -Magua- | May 25, 2010 10:36 PM

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