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

It's been estimated that 1 in 4 women suffer from low desire in the U.S. But there may be hope: Three clinical trials have shown that the drug flibanserin significantly improved sexual desire and satisfaction in women. The makers of flibanserin hope to apply for FDA approval in the next year.

We asked OB/GYN Dr. Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz what she thinks of this new drug. "First off, pharmacologically, it is not anything like Viagra -- which increases blood flow. Also, this medication is still being studied and is not approved for any use. It works by altering brain chemistry, much like some serotonin and dopamine-altering antidepressants do. Of note, it was accidentally discovered because it was a failed antidepressant. While being studied as such, it was found to increase sexual desire in premenopausal women. The data generated by the new clinical trial that has drawn such widespread attention has not even been published or peer-reviewed yet, and was derived by studying approximately 1,800 women (50% placebo, 50% on the medication) over 24 weeks. It showed some clinically significant improvements in sexual desire and satisfaction."

Dr. Gilberg-Lenz continues: "It is interesting that this medication addresses what most sexual health experts know to be the issue for women who have distressing symptoms, including lack of sexual desire: the brain is most important! What I think is highly significant, however, is that this may be a case of a drug in search of a market ... up to 12% of the female population does experience distress over what is called 'hypoactive sexual disorder,' or a lack of interest in sex, but it has also been well-documented that most women who lack desire do not view it as a problem. A study about the problem of female sexual dysfunction published in our esteemed peer-reviewed journal 'Obstetrics and Gynecology' last year was funded by the same pharmaceutical company that makes flibanserin. Hmmmmmm. But then again, those 12% of women deserve to have safe and effective treatments available to them. Whether or not flibanserin is that treatment remains to be seen."

Would YOU try flibanserin?

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abbey November 17, 2009, 11:16 AM

i would totally try that drug. i am only 25 but i have never been interested in sex. I want to, i really really want to enjoy it and experience it with my partner, but i don’t enjoy sex at all and i never have. i have to say, though, my lack of sexual desire would not affect me so negatively if i was not in a committed relationship. I guess because, to me, it’s less than an irritant, but my spouse feels like he’s failing me in that area of our lives. i know he feels undesirable and like a failure for not “satisfying” me. and i think having even a moderate sex drive would improve our intimacy and our marriage.

so, yes, sign me up for a trial.

Sara November 17, 2009, 12:48 PM

I would love to have the medication. me and my husband are having major problems because i have no sex drive. i’m trying counciling but i dont know. but i wouldnt mind being a test subject, where do i need to sign?

azmom1982 November 17, 2009, 12:49 PM

i feel exactly the same way as abbey. it’s good to know i’m not the only one.

Nicole November 17, 2009, 4:53 PM

Sign me up!!

Sara November 17, 2009, 5:34 PM

I’d love some. After childbirth the libido went away.

Dr. Stephanie Buehler November 18, 2009, 7:22 PM

Not so fast, ladies! This is a psychotropic medication, so I urge you to do all you can—read, talk to your doctor, see a sex therapist—before you turn to a drug to get your engine going.

Emma Winston November 20, 2009, 5:29 PM

I’d be nervous about taking a serotonin-associated drug. Are there side effects? Personally I feel that when I’m low on “wanting” it’s situational, so I would only want “the help” once in a while. I use a topical oil called Zestra that I like a lot. But I guess the first step as the article says is wanting to fix the problem.

Big bonus December 15, 2009, 11:46 AM

Good day
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touch December 27, 2009, 9:57 AM

I think much of womens issue may resolve around their mental grooming, where society tries to tell them from puberty onwards, to ignore their sexual urges, and then IMPOSE, all these moral do’s and don’t in their minds as self assesment judgment, when they have a desire, as if everything tries to tell women, don’t have a desire unless a man arouses one within you. That is the biggest psychologial damage this society does to women. and then when they have a baby, there is a mass of folklore installation in her mind, between a line of being a mother and being a person who is naturally still a sexual being. so much tries to potray women who are mothers as “non sexual inspired beings”.. and this is a mental imagery conflict as well a socialogical imbalance in self perception as a human being, who is a sexual person.

too much in society tells women to judge themselves as a so called “good girl” and so called “bad girl”, solely based on whether or not she engages sex, or likes sex.

Its the ignorance of our society that has caused this psychological imbalance in the minds of women.

society loves to frown on women who acknowledge that they like sex, even men are ignorant, where they think they are the only ones tht can arouse desire in a woman, and if she arouses herself, then he wants to judge her. This is psychological damaging.
Now wonder so many women have so many sexual dsyfunctions and so many catch hell during menopause.

women need to realize that God gave her as much proclivity of desire for sex as men have, and have sexual desire does not make her a good girl nor a bad girl, it makes her a human being. who is a sexual person.

Years ago, people used the coy delusional phrase, where would would say, “I’m uncoimfortable” the minute she felt her sexual desire invigorated, and over time, they have convinced themselves of it as being a “discomfort’ rather than accepting it as a desire that is aroused, naturally”

See society and its taboo mentality about sex, has done more damage to people than anything. Everything in society is geared around “regulating womens sex”.. so much so that even religiou is far too often encircled about “regulating womens sexuality”…
We need to open our eyes and see the big picture, in order to change the damage that is being done.

many men can’t get an erection because society has told him he is judged on his performance, rather than the motivation he has to simply share. and many men have anxiety stress, that prevents him from having an erection.

but what this tells men and women, is stop expecting it to be anything, and take your time and patiently engage each other, and don’t judge the man based on his erection and men, don’t base the woman on her arousal, and tehn they can patietently arouse each other thought simply exploring the sensuality of their invidiaul and distinctive selves, together and mutually so.

best medicine is, to “play with each other stuff, until it feels good to do so, and you are relaxed and inspired in doing so”… that’s how simple God made sex among men and women.

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Luigi Fulk August 9, 2010, 8:04 PM

If you’re still on the fence: grab your favorite earphones, head down to a Best Buy and ask to plug them into a Zune then an iPod and see which one sounds better to you, and which interface makes you smile more. Then you’ll know which is right for you.

Hipolito M. Wiseman August 9, 2010, 10:06 PM

Apple now has Rhapsody as an app, which is a great start, but it is currently hampered by the inability to store locally on your iPod, and has a dismal 64kbps bit rate. If this changes, then it will somewhat negate this advantage for the Zune, but the 10 songs per month will still be a big plus in Zune Pass’ favor.

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