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Female Viagra – Does It Work?

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Sex is vital in every woman’s life. Quality sex gives us incomparable pleasure and relaxation. But what to do if sex ceased to bring joy and satisfaction? How to feel desired again and, most importantly, to desire yourself?

Read the article or watch our video to find out the answers.

Currently, there are only three products on the market we can remotely call ‘female Viagra’:

  • Flibanserin (Addyi);
  • Bremelanotide (Vyleesi);
  • Over the counter supplements.

This article will review each of the three option women can try to increase their libido. 

Flibanserin (Addyi)

Flibanserin (Addyi)

Flibanserin (Addyi) is a drug for treating hypolipidemia (female sexual arousal disorder independent of physical diseases). The drug was developed by the German company Böhringer Ingelheim.

It is the first approved medication for hypolipidemia (lack or loss of libido). Viagra and other similar drugs for men are approved to increase erections or correct testosterone deficiency. 

How Does Viagra For Women (Flibanserin) Work?

Flibanserin is used to treat women with decreased or completely absent cravings for sex and sexual activity. It is also prescribed when a woman cannot reach orgasm. 

At the same time, we cannot call Flibanserin a common female stimulant. Its action is much deeper and similar to that of antidepressants. 

When a woman takes the Flibanserin pill, a large amount of dopamine is released. There is also an increase in sex hormones such as estrogen and testosterone, which leads to excitement.

Flibanserin is a multifunctional serotonin agonist-antagonist that can restore sexual desire by acting on the prefrontal cortex.

The drug increases blood circulation in the genitals, enabling nerve fibres to actively transmit signals to the spinal cord and brain’s appropriate centres. It increases the production of the female secret, which leads to bright and powerful orgasms.

Today, the active ingredient Flibanserin is used to manufacture various generics, which have the same pharmacological effects as the brand drug, but costs less. The active ingredient acts directly on the central nervous system, turning on the excitation process in a certain way.

Who Should Use Flibanserin?

Flibanserin can be prescribed for women with the following sexual disorders:

  • complete sexual aversion – asexuality;
  • frigidity or decreased libido (hypolipidemia) before or during menopause;
  • anorgasmia;
  • reduced sensitivity of erogenous zones;
  • insufficient arousal (not swollen nipples and labia majora, absent or weak lubrication).

Contraindications

Pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid using the drug. 

Do not take Flibanserin if you have:

  • heart disease;
  • liver or kidney disorders;
  • malignant neoplasms;
  • epilepsy or other mental disorders;
  • individual intolerance to the active substance.

Women under the age of 18 should also avoid taking Addyi. 

Side Effects

You may experience the following side effects while taking Flibanserin:

  • dizziness;
  • increased somnolence;
  • nausea;
  • fatigue;
  • low blood pressure;
  • dry mouth;
  • fainting during orgasm.

Drug Interaction

Before you buying female Viagra, paying attention to the interaction of this drug with other medicines. In particular, do not use it together with:

  • Drugs used in antiretroviral therapy;
  • Ciprofloxacin, Telithromycin, Clarithromycin, as well as medications used to treat fungal infection.
  • Hepatitis C medications.

Dosage

Flibanserin is available in the form of red-pink triangular tablets.

The peculiarity of Flibanserin is in its accumulative ability. It becomes effective for treating sexual disorders in women if you use it for a long time. 

Usually, the first noticeable therapy results are observed after 4-5 weeks of using the drug.

It is recommended to take a break of 2-3 months between treatment courses. Some women notice positive changes after using the initial dose. 

Take Flibanserin at night, 1 hour before the intended sexual intercourse. A single daily dose is 1 tablet (100 mg). 

If you miss a dose, take a tablet as soon as you remember. If it is already time to take the next pill, leave the missed one and continue the treatment according to the usual scheme. 

Avoid taking two doses of Flibanserin at the same time. 

Stop taking the drug if you don’t feel any improvement in libido in 2 months.

Avoid taking alcohol together with Flibanserin to reduce the risk of side effects.

Precautions 

Before buying Viagra for women, consult with an endocrinologist, gynecologist, urologist or psychotherapist. 

A psychotherapist’s consultation is necessary because if problems with arousal and attraction are related to mental or neurological disorders, Flibanserin is unlikely to help.

Taking the drug during the day may cause a sudden drop in blood pressure and fainting.

Bremelanotide (Vyleesi)

Bremelanotide (Vyleesi)

The FDA has approved bremelanotide (Vyleesi) to treat hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) in premenopausal women. It is the second “female Viagra” drug on the U.S. market after flibanserin.

Generalized hypoactive sexual attraction disorder (HSAD) is characterized by low sexual desire, causing stress or interpersonal difficulties. The condition is not associated with psychiatric conditions, relationship problems, or medication exposure. HSAD) develops in women with no previous sexual desire problems, regardless of the type of sexual activity, situation, or partner.

Bremelanotide activates melanocortin receptors. However, it is still unknown how the drug improves sexual desire.

How To Use Bremelanotide 

Inject the drug under the abdomen’s skin or thighs at least 45 min before intended sexual activity. 

Doctors recommend discontinuing the drug after 8 weeks of use if you do not experience libido improvement.

Do not administer more than one dose of bremelanotide within 24 hours or more than 8 doses per month.

Side Effects

The most common side effects of the drug are nausea, vomiting, hot flashes and headache. 

About 40% of women in clinical trials reported nausea after the first injection of the drug. And 13% of patients needed medication to treat nausea. 

About 1% of female participants in the clinical trials reported darkening of the gums and skin areas, including the face and breasts, which did not disappear in about half of the patients even after the treatment was discontinued. Patients with darker skin are more likely to develop this side effect.

Another side effect is a possible increase in blood pressure. That is why women with hypertension and a high risk of cardiovascular disease should avoid using Vyleesi.

Over The Counter Supplements

otc supplements to boost libido

There are not magical OTC supplement that increases female libido. However, according to the latest scientific research, if you want to increase libido naturally, pay attention to food and dietary supplements containing the following nutrients:

  • Vitamin B1 is an essential element in the endocrine and nervous systems.
  • Vitamin A is responsible for the synthesis of hormones and reduces menstrual pain.
  • Vitamins C and E are involved in the synthesis of sex hormones. They help adapt a body to high mental stress, strengthen the immune system and reduce blood loss during menstruation.
  • Zinc regulates the secretion of luteinizing hormone (LH) and stimulating follicle hormone (FSH).
  • Magnesium reduces symptoms of dehydration and alleviates feelings of anxiety.
  • Vitamin B2 regulates regeneration processes, participates in hormonal metabolism, reduces the frequency and severity of headaches (migraines).
  • Vitamin B6 is an essential component of metabolism. It helps to reduce the symptoms of PMS.
  • Vitamin B9 regulates carbohydrate and fat metabolism. It is involved in the metabolism of estrogen, helps reduce fatigue and facilitates adaptation of the body.
  • Vitamin B12 plays a vital role in the process of ovulation. 

There are several herbs and plants known to increase sexual drive and relieve stress in women and men. 

Maca Root

The scientific name of Maca is Lepidium meyenii. It is also sometimes called Peruvian ginseng.

It is found mainly in the Andes in central Peru, in harsh conditions at very high altitudes of over 13,000 feet.

The herb has been used for thousands of years for medicinal purposes. It is believed to enhance sexual health and increase libido as well as normalize hormone levels and improve mood, memory, and energy levels [1]. 

Tribulus Terrestris

Tribulus Terrestris is a perennial plant whose beneficial properties were widely used in ancient China and India as a diuretic and tonic. Lately, Tribulus has become very popular among strength athletes because of its aphrodisiac properties capable of raising testosterone levels and naturally increasing libido [2]. 

Saffron And Ginseng

Saffron is a spice obtained from the dried stigmas of Crocus flowers. Ginseng is a well-known medicinal plant, mainly used as an adaptogen and general tonic.

According to the latest data obtained by experts from the University of Guelph in Ontario, these plants can also increase sexual desire, which makes them natural aphrodisiacs.

What Happens If A Woman Takes Viagra?

Viagra is the trade name for a substance called sildenafil. It relaxes muscles, dilates blood vessels, and increases blood flow, which leads to an erection. The drug does not increase libido or mental desire to have sex.

A 2003 study by the Center for Women’s Sexual Medicine involved more than two hundred postmenopausal women with sexual arousal disorder. For twelve weeks, the participants took either Viagra or a placebo before sexual activity. The results showed that the group taking Viagra experienced greater sexual pleasure with few side effects. Women reported increased genital sensitivity and satisfaction with stimulation and sexual intercourse [3]. 

However, subsequent studies of Viagra on women have not yielded positive results. There is not enough evidence base is too limited to draw any real conclusions.

Also, scientists do not know how safe the drug is for women. Researches do not have enough information about the long-term effects of sildenafil on women.

There are several drugs for treating low libido in women, which are mistakenly called “female Viagra.” Real Viagra treats erectile dysfunction, while “female Viagra” increases desire.

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