May 2, 2011 |
A dizzying number of factors can conspire against sexual desire as midlife approaches: depression, medications, illness, career worries, financial pressures, marriage troubles, young children in the home (or an empty nest), the sense that life is half over … and then there's testosterone. Usually we think of testosterone as a hormone that men have — in abundance. But testosterone plays a big role in setting the pace for a woman's sex drive as well. And both men and women experience a natural drop in testosterone that can cause libido to ebb in midlife.
June 28, 2010 |
A "little pink pill" to solve women's sexual problems probably won't be hitting drugstore shelves anytime soon. But that doesn't mean discussion of the need for it, or lack thereof, is likely to end. On June 18, an advisory panel for the Food and Drug Administration recommended against the approval of flibanserin, which had been touted as a female Viagra. The FDA can accept or reject the panel's advice but usually chooses to follow it. In many drug approval proceedings, that would be the end of the matter.
June 19, 2010
Pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim doesn't have an approved solution, but that hasn't kept it from marketing the problem. The German firm, which touts its new but as yet unapproved drug flibanserin as a treatment for women with low libido, has sponsored a website about the issue. It sent a soap-opera star on tour to discuss the problem, and, according to the New York Times, sponsored a Discovery Channel show on female sexual disorders and an online course for doctors that included a quiz question about an overworked, stressed middle-aged woman who had lost interest in sex. The "correct" response was for the woman to be evaluated for "hypoactive sexual desire disorder," a severe lack of libido.
December 2, 2009 |
An experimental non-hormonal drug appears to help women increase their sexual desire and satisfaction -- and reduce the distress associated with lack of desire. About one in 10 women are thought to suffer from sufficient lack of sexual desire for it to be distressing for them. But few good therapeutic options exist. The most common treatments for female sexual dysfunction currently are creams spread on the vagina that lead to engorgement of blood vessels. The results of a new clinical trial, reported Nov. 16, will provide Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals of Germany ammunition to approach the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for approval.
July 27, 2009 |
I have been taking the oral contraceptive Yaz for about a year. Since starting the drug, I have been less interested in the things that I love. I really am not always interested in sex. I also get headaches on the week of my reminder pill and am very grumpy or insecure during that week. Studies published in 2006 in the Journal of Sexual Medicine show that women taking oral contraceptives may have lower libido and less sexual arousal.
June 13, 2009 |
On the Cardigans' 2004 song "You're the Storm," singer Nina Persson used images of a marauding army to talk about love and submission. "Come and conquer and drop your bombs," she sang on the shimmering guitar-pop track. "Cross my borders and kill the calm." The metaphor must have stuck with her.