‘Female Viagra’ is Not Working – Learn Why And Healthy Alternatives

Flibanserin, the allegedly “female Viagra” drug, was given the green light by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD), or low sexual desire, in premenopausal women.

Yes, there is such a thing as ‘female viagra’.  Women are looking for that magic sex pill.  Flibanserin renamed Addyi in the U.S., has not helped women’s sex life very much or increased how often they have sexual activity. There were eight studies with 5,914 premenopausal women. The results were published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

“I have a handful of patients on Addyi, but women with low desire—even those who are really distressed about it—may say, ‘I don’t want to take a pill to feel the urge to have sex.’ As a culture, we’re becoming warier of medical solutions for issues that don’t feel like medical problems.”  ~ says Sharon Parish, MD, a sexual-medicine specialist and professor of medicine in clinical psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medicine in White Plains, New York.

Women’s Sexual Desire Score Had Very Little Change

The premenopausal women were asked a number of questions about their sexual desires while on the drug which are listed on page 126 in the FDA Briefing Document.

  • Women taking the drug had an average of one-half additional satisfying sexual events per month. (but the researchers didn’t clarify what “one half” of a sexual encounter meant.)

Women Have a More Complex Libido Than Men Do

Yes, low libido is real and can be an upsetting state for some women, but science does not truly know what causes it. The female hormone system is much more complicated than men’s.

“In men, Viagra fixes a ‘plumbing problem,’ if you will,” says Judith Volkar, MD, of the UPMC Magee-Women’s Hospital in Pittsburgh.  The drug helps to relax the muscles in the penis and boosts blood flow to help an erection happen.

“I often say you can picture men’s sexual desire as a light switch and women’s sexual desire as the cockpit of a 747.  There are more factors at play in female sexual desire.” says Judith Volkar

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The Drug For Female Viagra is For Making Money!

Sexual dysfunction affects 43 percent of women. That is 68 million possible U.S. customers for the drugmaker to get the green light for a ‘female Viagra.’

The cost of flibanserin is expected to be about $400 a month without insurance at the beginning of it being introduced.  Now it seems that it can be purchased for much less around $100 for 30 pills which is still expensive. Seems like they need to sell it to those who have not done the research.

Sprout Pharmaceuticals purchased the rights to flibanserin after it was originally rejected by the FDA. They then strongly supported ‘Even the Score’, a new advocacy campaign for women’s sexual health equality. Sprout claimed that sexism had created the rejection of flibanserin, not scientific evidence. Somehow, the FDA gave its approval.

As soon as it got the FDA approval, (within 48 hours) Valeant Pharmaceuticals, which Sprout was a division of, purchased the rights to flibanserin for about $1 billion in cash.

Also, when a woman does decide to use this drug, it takes weeks to work which means it is costing her dollars.

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Strong opposition to Flibanserin

Dr. Ellen Laan, one of the study’s authors at the Academic Medical Center at the University of Amsterdam, is a strong opponent of flibanserin. She organized a letter to the F.D.A. opposing its approval and on June 1, 2015, sent another letter to the U. S. Senate in Washington stating the argument about gender equality was “misleading and dangerous.

There are other factors we should examine before rushing into a ‘female Viagra’ type drug. The study on flibanersin was only on premenopausal women with no medical cause for low sexual desire.

The researchers say that before flibanserin can be recommended in clinical practice, more studies need to include women from diverse populations, women with chronic illness, medication use and surgical menopause.

“This is a drug that the FDA rejected twice before approving it because its risks outweighed its benefits. Many women are clearly looking at the downsides and saying no thanks.” ~ says Lisa Schwartz, MD, a professor of medicine at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice.

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Female Viagra Is Potentially Unsafe

What we do know is that this drug, while hardly effective, poses real dangers to women’s health. All women regardless of age, health or relationship status are entitled to having satisfying sexual experiences without risking their health.

  • The women in the study had to take the pill daily and were not permitted to drink alcohol; when mixed with the pill it can cause a dangerous decrease in blood pressure which may end in fainting.
  • The flibanserin drug was found to quadruple the risk of sleepiness and dizziness doubled the chances of nausea and increased fatigue according to the analysis.

Side effects of Flibanserin include:

  • nausea
  • fatigue
  • dizziness
  • sleepiness
  • dry mouth
  • insomnia
  • constipation
  • anxiety
  • abdominal pain
  • sedation
  • menstrual spotting
  • rash

The researchers say that before flibanserin can be recommended in clinical practice, more studies need to include women from diverse populations, women with chronic illness, medication use and surgical menopause.

FDA approved this drug only for premenopausal women.

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Salad with 3 Aphrodisiac Foods (Arugula, Beets, Almonds)

Natural Aphrodisiac Foods Instead of ‘Female Viagra’

All women regardless of age, health or relationship status are entitled to having satisfying sexual experiences without risking their health. Natural aphrodisiac foods may be simpler than taking female viagra drugs.

“There tend to be nutrients provided via these foods that improve the health of the sex organs as well. The foods are said to increase sensations of arousal such as body temperature, heart rate or physical energy, making you feel more like having sex.” said Kat Van Kirk, a sex therapist and the resident relationship and sex expert at AdamandEve.com.

Chocolate As An Aphrodisiac

  • Chocolate has had a reputation as being an aphrodisiac throughout history. This dates back to the Mayan period from about 250 AD to 900 AD. The Mayans were chocoholics and highly valued the cacao bean. A man could hire a prostitute for eight to ten cacao beans. Rumor has it that the Aztec emperor Montezuma, known for being a hot lover, drank 50 cups of cacao a day before heading off to his harem.
  • According to a study at Mind Lab by Dr. David Lewis, chocolate stimulated the brain more intensely than a kiss with a partner. They had 6 couples in their 20s wear heart and brain monitors. Each person in the study placed a piece of dark chocolate on their tongue and let it melt without chewing.
  • Later, the couples kissed in the way they normally would. What the study found was that when the chocolate melted in the mouth, all areas of the brain were stimulated far more intensely. Their hearts even beat faster for longer after the chocolate than the intimate embrace. Read: What Stimulates Love More: a Kiss or Chocolate?

“There is no doubt that chocolate beats kissing hands down when it comes to providing a long- Your Female Viagralasting body and brain buzz. A buzz that, in many cases, lasted four times as long as the most passionate kiss.”
~ Dr. David Lewis.

Learn how Chocolate Can Be Good for You

Join the Healthy Chocolate Project – Learn how to make healthy chocolate. All vegan and only small amounts of healthy sugars are used. A couple of the recipes are raw too.

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What About Honey

  • Honey is a great source of boron, the mineral that helps the body metabolize estrogen, the female sex hormone.
  • Medieval hopefuls drank mead, a fermented honey drink, to promote sexual desire.
  • Ancient Persian couples drank mead every day for a month (known as the “honey month”) after they married to prepare for successful family life.

Learn the Top 10 Health Benefits of Honey

Red Beets Help

  • One of the first known uses of beets was by the ancient Romans, who used them medicinally as an aphrodisiac.
  • female viagraBeets contain high levels of nitrates which increase blood flow by expanding blood vessels walls. Increased blood flow to the genital areas is one of the mechanisms Viagra and other pharmaceuticals use to create their effects.
  • Beets also contain high amounts of boron, which is directly related to the production of human sex hormones.

Read all about Beets: Aphrodisiac, Brain Booster, Pain Reliever & More

Eat Some Licorice

  • In ancient China, people used licorice to enhance love and lust.
  • Alan R. Hirsch, MD, neurological director of the Tip: Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago, conducted a study that looked at how different smells stimulated sexual arousal. He found that the smell of black licorice increased the blood flow to the genital area by 13 percent.

Your Female ViagraSweet Basil Does It

  • Sweet basil herb is known across cultures to naturally increase sex drive and fertility by fostering a feeling of total relaxation in the body and muscles while increasing circulation.
  • In Italy, it is a symbol of love.
  • The scent of basil was said to drive men wild–so much so that women would dust their breasts with dried and powdered basil.

Learn the 7 Health Benefits of Basil – The Royal Herb

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  • Through history, almonds were regarded as fertility symbols.
  • The aroma of almond supposedly arouses passion in females–or so thought the poet.

Read about the Top 9 Health Benefits of Almonds – The King of Nuts

Add Some Arugula To Your Salad

  • Arugula has been used as an aphrodisiac since the first century. Research has shown us that the trace minerals and antioxidants in dark, leafy greens are essential for our sexual health.
  • They help block environmental contaminants which are thought to be negative to our libido.
  • A study found that arugula leaf extracts boosted testosterone levels and sperm activity in mice. The results suggest that the phytochemicals and/or nutrients in arugula may have aphrodisiac properties. – Published March 2013 in Journal of Al-Nahrain University.

Check out Everything Arugula – Benefits, Nutrition & How to Grow

Asparagus Has History  asparagus

  • Many cultures traditionally consider asparagus to be a natural aphrodisiac.
  • Although there is not a lot of research to back this up, its close “cousin” Shatavari (also part of the asparagus family) is called “she who possesses 100 husbands” for good reason. Satavari is also known within the Ayurvedic health system to feed both male and female reproductive tissues and has been used to treat PMS and menopause symptoms for centuries.
  • It is rich in vitamin B6 and folate, both of which can boost orgasm and arousal.

Learn why Asparagus: Too Good To Reject; Too Expensive to Forget

An Apple A Day

  • A  study found that eating apple an apple a day is related to a better sexual quality of life in young women.
  • This is surprising even though we know that ‘An Apple a Day Keeps the doctor away.

Learn the 10 Reasons WHY to Eat an Apple a Day?

Here is another good resource for you on Real Food for Life: 9 Natural Aphrodisiacs And Love Potions

Is it possible that a healthy lifestyle with a nutritious diet, exercise and an empowering and intimate sexual relationship might just be the real prescription for a healthy libido?

The Benefits Of Kissing – Do you love kissing? Kissing is so good for us and full of health benefits.

Aphrodisiac Food Recipes – Instead of Female Viagra

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Walnut Dark Chocolate Bar – No Sugar

Walnut Dark Chocolate Bar – No Sugar – This recipe produces one of the healthiest chocolate treats you will find.  It also tastes better than the commercial stuff you end up buying!  This is one of the few chocolates that I make without any of the other healthy sugars and it is not for everyone.  Only those who like very dark chocolate will appreciate the flavour.

Orange Honey Syrup is So Delicious – This Orange Honey Syrup is a much healthier syrup then the usual syrups on your pancakes or waffles. It has less honey in it because of the orange juice which makes it delicious. The zing of the orange make is very tasty.

Borscht Soup with a Difference Is Delicious – Borscht is the best way to get healthy superfood beets filled with beta-carotene and minerals into our diet. It is quick to cook, easy to vary, and enjoyed by everyone, even children.

Delicious Vegan Pesto – I love this vegan pesto without the cheese; it tastes like the real thing only better to me! Toss with pasta or serve with bread or crackers for an appetizer.

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Quinoa Arugula Salad

How to Make Almond Milk  – with its mild flavour and light colour is a very good alternative for those that need to be dairy-free, soy-free and for vegans.

Quinoa Arugula Salad – Full of protein from the quinoa and pumpkin seeds, this can be a meal all by itself.

Luxurious Asparagus Tomato Salad – This luxurious asparagus tomato salad was enjoyed so much the first time I created the recipe so I never stopped serving it. I used parsley because that is what I had but chopped basil or mint would be good too.

Cinnamon Pear Apple Fruit Salad – This cinnamon pear salad is so delicious, especially in the winter. At that time of year, there are not so many fresh fruits in season. Apples and pears last a long time in the fridge.

So there you are many natural alternatives to female viagra without all the side effects. Enjoy.

Diana Herrington

Diana has been writing about natural health and wellness for over 20 years. Having used foods to heal her own body, she now shares her wisdom with others.

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