6 Reasons 'Female Viagra' Isn't Worth All the Excitement

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At first glance, the idea of 'female Viagra' sounds great. Who wouldn't want a (legal) drug that gets you in the mood after you've been carpooling your kids, cleaning your toilets, fixing dinner, and picking up after your dog all day? Alas, flibanserin, the new libido-boosting drug for women that is THiS close to being approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, may be nothing to get that excited about.

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Here, we break down the reasons why you're probaby still better off re-watching Magic Mike than popping this pill to get in the mood.

1. It doesn't work. Or well, not like you WANT it to. Flibanserin is an antidepressant (some of which are kinda notorious for drying up your sex drive.) When it's been tested in the past, it only caused couples to have sex ONCE more each month. That's kinda lame. Who can't get there on their own?

2. It doesn't solve the problem. Which is: why women aren't in the mood in the first place. Hint: we're too busy, scientists. You try raising kids, working full-time, and rolling your eyes at new "wonder drugs" like this. It takes a lot of energy. Not to mention that flibanserin does nothing to address other libido killers like body image problems, hormonal imbalances, and relationship issues that require therapy, not a litle pink pill.

3. It's no "pink Viagra." Viagra is taken on an as-needed basis. Flibanserin needs to be taken for weeks before any effect is seen, and it's unclear what long-term problems may pop up. Why is it that when drug company execs argue passionately for something, we immediately envision them twirling their handlebar mustaches and cackling evily. (Yes, even if they're women.) 

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4. Sleepiness is a side effect. Okay, so let's get this straight. You take it and either want to jump your husband or ... fall asleep on the couch? Isn't that what's happening already? Fainting's also a side effect, which is kinda not that hot.

5. Some women's groups are against it. The National Women's Health Network, for instance, strongly opposes FDA approval of flibanserin. Not because they're shrugging off the problem of low sex drives, but due to the new drug's "extensive and troubling safety and efficacy."

6. It has a terrible name. Flibanserin sounds like a cross between a dolphin and a truth serum. And if approved, it will be sold under the name ADDYI, which sounds like something you accidentally text when you sit on your phone. Seriously, people. Think outside the box. 

Yes, pun intended.

Would you try flibanserin?

 

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