Viagra for Women

Viagra contains a chemical compound named sildenafil, is a medication designed to treat erectile dysfunction in men. Viagra is not recommended for use by women, although some people believe there are potential benefits.

How Does Viagra Work?

This is because an erection is stimulated in the body by increased blood flow in the penile region. With age, the body metabolism starts slowing down, which in return, slows down the erection process. With age, more sexual stimulation and penile strain are required for maintaining a successful erection. Viagra helps increase blood flow in the penile region reducing sexual strain and allowing men to attain erections long enough to enjoy full sexual intercourse.

Is Viagra Helpful for Women?

No research has yet been able to prove that Viagra is helpful in women. For this reason, its usage for females still has not been granted by the FDA. However, its usage has been recorded unofficially, providing improvement in sexual intercourse. When considering the usage of Viagra, it is very important to keep in mind that the reproductive systems of men and women work very differently and cannot be interrelated.

Women generally lose their sexual libido on a psychological basis rather than a medical basis. Loss of sexual libido in women can lead to total disinterest in sexual desires, experience painful sex or cause spasms in vaginal muscles. This further discourages women to engage in any sexual activities. Since Viagra’s mechanism of action is mainly physiological and works by increasing blood flow, researchers argue that the effect of Viagra in women may be a placebo effect.

How Does Viagra Affect Females?

Some women believe that the increase in blood flow to the vaginal region can improve orgasm, but this has never been proven. Research has been carried out on female use of Viagra but the results have been completely inconclusive. Since proper testing has not been carried out either, there is no written record about the interactions and drug side effects that may be experienced by women after Viagra intake. There are significant possible risks associated with women taking Viagra, therefore it should be avoided. If a woman has an issue with decreased libido, her doctor should be able to recommend suitable treatments.

What is ‘Female Viagra’?

A lot of companies and websites market unlicensed and illegal drugs as female Viagra, promising improved sexual interaction for women. However, there has been no recorded research to support these pills and most of these drugs are sold without a prescription. One of the popular herbal supplements available in health stores all over the UK, has also been discouraged as doctors advise against it. It is best to buy medicines with a proper prescription as non-prescribed medications can lead to unnecessary health risks.

What Are the Alternatives to Female Viagra?

While there are no Viagra drugs for women, there are alternatives approved by FDA which are prescribed by doctors for treatment of female sexual dysfunction. One of these medications is known as Addyi (flibanserin). Originally marketed as an antidepressant, this medication is used by physicians to treat reduced sexual libidos in women, which boosts their sex drive. However, it is not necessary that the drug might be effective, as cases vary on an individual basis. There are other alternatives such as injections and medicines in the market as well, which are being considered by the FDA for release.

Why Is There No Female Viagra?

Even with all the new medications being tried and tested in the market, their side effects and interactions stop them from being released in the market. While Addyi has been approved by the FDA, its side effects are also very common including dizziness and nausea. Women are also discouraged to take alcohol during the treatment and have to be on the treatment regardless of sexual activity on a daily basis. Other medications have also had similar disadvantages recorded, which makes it inconvenient for women to use as a treatment option for sexual dysfunction.

Why Not a Single Pill for Women?

Unlike men, women have a complicated sexual response. Some find a decreased sex drive due to their daily stresses, some lose their interest depending on their emotional happiness in a relationship, while some lose their interest due to underlying biological conditions such as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) or diabetes. A single medication cannot help treat all women; therefore, it is necessary for affected women to discuss their medical histories and available options with their gynaecologist before starting their desired treatments.

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