- Gender and Relationships
Viagra for women, Female Drug to Drive the Libido
Viagra for men with sexual dysfunction, but is the waiting over for women?
Vigour returns to the arid land
Injecting life to a barren gland
Arise the phoenix from the ashes
Growing strong as the moments passes
Resurrection from a haze of blue
Brings physical awakening that tamed the shrew
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Viagra for women with low libido and low sex drive
While Viagra has given men with erectile dysfunction a new lease of life, researchers are having a hard time figuring out how best to study the desires of women to produce the female Viagra pill.
The drug giant Pfizer gave up on testing Viagra for women in 2004, because research into Viagra for women was proving much too complicated.
The ability to enjoy a full and healthy sexual relationship can be a huge problem for some women. There are many forms of female sexual dysfunction, low sex drive or libido is common in women of menopausal and post-menopausal age, but can also occur in women of any age. Sexual problems can include:
- Loss of desire
Loss of arousal
Problem with orgasm
Pain during sexual intercourse
According to The Sexual Advice Association, about 30% of women have no sex drive what-so-ever, sexual problems affect 50% of women becoming more common with age. Some women may only experience sexual dysfunction at certain times in their lives such as during pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, during the menopause and at times of crisis or illness. For some women, the condition is chronic and causes much distress.
Women's sexual dysfunction and lack of desire can be due to physical, psychological and social problems.
- Dyspareunia is painful sexual intercourse due to medical or psychological causes; it affects about one-fifth of women at some point in their lives. Dyspareunia affects more women than men. However, the causes are often reversible, even when the condition is long-standing.
- Hormonal disorders, Oestrogen levels drops after the menopause causing vaginal drying and pain during intercourse. Pain can lead to a lack of desire. Hormone replacement therapy or HRT can help to reduce the symptoms. Tibolone is a synthetic (man-made) hormone that acts in the same way as HRT. Testosterone is produced in the female ovaries and adrenal glands naturally, and is linked to female sexual function, a fall in testosterone levels can be associated with loss of sexual desire. Testosterone patches for women are also available; this treatment is simple to use when it is needed and can be discontinued at any time.
Diabetes, in a survey of 240 adults with type 1 diabetes seen in an outpatient clinic; sexual dysfunction was reported in 27% of women and 22% of men. Sexual dysfunction in diabetic women was more common than in women without the condition (15%). While diabetes does not cause sexual dysfunction in the majority of women, it is associated with reduced interest in sex. Adjusting to a new diagnosis of diabetes can be very challenging and can have added impact on the individual's sex life.
Alcohol abuse, the sexual effects of alcohol can be complicated. Alcohol can help to remove inhibitions when taken in small quantities; it allows an individual to feel more comfortable and confident in initiating sex. However, research shows a reduced sexual response even after a few drinks. Consumption of alcohol in large quantities can make sex difficult or impossible. When taken in moderate amounts, risky sexual behavior can become a real problem.
Drug abuse, like alcohol, drugs can have an effect on sex, and not necessarily in a positive way. Certain types of drugs, e.g., opiates may induce a sense of inhibition but can also dampen libido. Anti-hypertensive, anti-depressant and some over-the- counter drugs can also contribute to sexual dysfunction.
Tiredness stress and anxiety can reduce sex drive and libido to prevent a healthy and fulfilling sex life.
Childbirth and episiotomy, female sexual dysfunction can occur postnatally, this may be due to several causes, and can be divided into physical, social and psychological problems.
Neurological illness, e.g., Parkinson's disease, can affect sexual functioning in different ways since arousal is regulated by the brain and nervous system. People with Parkinson's disease have particular difficulties with tremors and slow movements that can lead to frustration. Patients with Parkinson's disease are advised to seek help from their GP or neurologist.
- Vaginismus causes the muscles in and around the vagina to contract suddenly and involuntarily, making sexual intercourse painful or impossible. Vaginismus can occur when sex is associated with pain such as traumatic childbirth, sexual abuse or the belief that sex is wrong.
Psychological and Social
- Previous or current physical, or emotional abuse
- Body image problem
- Relationship problems
- Previous traumatic sexual experience
- Fear of pregnancy
- Family and financial problem
- Job problems
- Illness or death
Could Sildenafil be the answer for women?
Secretly she yearns to bloom again
Inside she bury disdane and pain
Love fades like a withering flower
Desert thirst for reviving shower
Endless wait for the pink solution
Nirvana worth the revolution
Apathetic; she makes her excuse
Frustrated; he is hurt and confuse (d)
Icy long nights the weather forecast
Loving across a chasm so vast
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Doctor Explain Female Sexual Dysfunction
It's a new Dawn
Lugubrious mood surrenders to contentment
After thunder, rain washes all resentment
Dysfunction resigned to the distant past
As she yields to the magical healing at last
Phenomenal woman in every way
Radiant, rapaciously claiming her day
Effervescent, enchanting, rejuvenated
Libidos pink pill emancipating
Orgasmic capacity for liberation
Xanthippe exalts in transfiguration
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Maca has been shown to improve energy, sex drive and fertility in both male and female
Viagra (Sildenafil) for Women
The male of the species currently has access to around 24 drugs for the treatment of sexual dysfunction, including the happy little blue pill, 'Viagra.' Until now, there has been no real help for women with low sexual desire. Women were forced to ask the question, is female sexual dysfunction less important than men's? Or is it simply harder to treat due to the female's approach to sex?
Various studies have shown that the male's sex drive are stronger and infinitely more straightforward than that of their female counterpart. Sexual desire in women is much harder to pin down. It's often said that women want sex for love, for men, it is mostly about physical gratification. Female arousal is strongly influenced by thoughts and emotions, and may be one reason why sexual dysfunction is higher in women.
An extensive US study showed, 43% of women suffer from sexual dysfunction compared to 31% men. Finding the right solution for female sexual dysfunction is proving difficult because there is still much to learn about female sexual function.
Medication like Viagra has shown itself to be effective for men due to its ability to increase the supply of blood to the genital. We know that the drug works well for men with sexual dysfunction. Within the first few weeks of Viagra entering the marketplace, pharmacies dispensed more than 215,000 prescriptions, sending Pfizer's stock into orbit. Well over 23 million prescriptions have been written for Viagra to date.
While this was good news for the drug company and the male population, there was still no help for women. A few female researchers wanted to know if post-menopausal women can also benefit from Viagra.
Laura A Berman, director of Berman Center and professor of OB-GYN and psychiatry at Northwestern University in Chicago and Dr. Jennifer R Berman, director of the Female Sexual medicine Center at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, began a twelve weeks clinical study. The study focused on 202 post-menopausal and post-hysterectomy women experiencing female sexual arousal disorder, the women were given Sildenafil (Viagra) and a placebo.
The study concluded that after each sexual experience, women who took the sildenafil, reported overall sexual satisfaction compared with the group of women who took the placebo.
Female Viagra The Lady Prelox or little pink pill
Prelox for men was launched in 2010 by the drug company Pharma Nord, it is a natural product containing L-Arginine, a natural amino acid and pycnogenol, a French pine bark extract, and antioxidant designed to improve vascular health and enhance sexual performance. European sales for the drug now exceeds £10 million.
A female version of the herbal pill dubbed the 'female Viagra' have been found to boost women's libido and increase arousal by encouraging blood flow to the reproductive organs as well as the brain. The female version of the little blue pill known as the Lady Prelox, was found to significantly improve sexual function in a small study carry out by Italian scientist on 40 volunteers in their late 40s, early 50s and also on another group of women aged 37 to 45. Both groups reported improvements in their sex lives after eight weeks.
Scientists suggest, that although men's sexual dysfunction is mainly a vascular problem, and there is no concrete evidence of this in women, there may still be a link. However, some doctors remain sceptical.
According to the Chairman of the Sexual Advice Association, Dr. Graham Jackson, since female sexual dysfunction is so complex, there is no one cause, therefore, no single magic bullet. Dr. Graham cautioned that such pills worked on the basis that desire was already there. He warned that the pills aren't aphrodisiacs, if an individual were not turned on by their partner, no amount of tablets would help.
Natural Herbal Remedies to Improve Libido
Ashwaghandha, Indian Ginseng, poison gooseberry or winter cherry
Known as 'king of herbs' Ashwaghandha is one of the most powerful plants used in Indian Ayurveda medicine, it contains a number of phytochemicals and alkaloids which are responsible for the various health benefits including male and female sexual function. In animal studies, ashwaghandha shows significant ability to fight stress and enhance sexual abilities.
Vanilla oil is used to treat impotence in men. Described as "nectar of the gods" Vanilla is undoubtedly a natural aphrodisiac mainly due to the sensual calming scent that have captivated mankind throughout the ages, from the Mayan and Aztec Indian, the Spanish, French and Ancient Chinese to modern times. In addition to the euphoric effect on the brain, vanilla increases muscular energy and improves circulation to benefit both male and female sexual function.
Theobroma cacao bean
Chocolate is a mood enhancer, A 2004 Italian research showed that women who ate chocolate had more desire and enjoyed sex more than woman who did not eat chocolate
Damiana, Old woman's broom, Mexican damiana
Turnera aphrodisiaca, Turnera diffusa
Damiana is one of the most notorious herbal aphrodisiacs, it is used as a sexual tonic, it relaxes the mind. Damiana leaves have been used by native people of Mexico since the Mayan times as a sexual potency for both male and female. Also used for asthma, depression, impotence, known for its ability to elevate mood to induce a relax state of mind which is needed for sexual arousal..
Lycium was first mentioned in Chinese literature in the first century AD. Chinese legend told of a wise herbalist who lived for over 200 years by taking lycium combined with other herbs. Lycium is known as a source of longevity, but also as a major tonic for sexual energy and endurance.
Known as a "potency wood" use for its properties to enhance sexual function. Used as a traditional powerful aphrodiac in Brazil
Known for its ability to increase sexual activity by creating a relaxed feeling in the body. Increases libido when taken in certain amounts.
First used by the ancient Egyptians, regarded as a potent nutritional supplement and libido booster. Used today to increase libido in both male and female.
Used as a vaginal dryness home remedy, also helps to regulate hormones.
Native to Africa, the bark of this tree has been used for centuries in the treatment of impotence and sexual dysfunction in men, also believe to affect women when used as an aphrodisiac.
Bindii, Bullhead, devil's eyelashes, devil's weed, devil's thorn
Used by body builders to enhance body mass. T. terrestris is believed to contribute to overall physical and sexual health. Animal study show improvement in sexual behaviour. Used in Indian Ayurveda medicine as gokshura sarrata.
L-Arginine is an amino acid, a chemical building block found in our diet and necessary for the manufacturing of protein in the body. Found in red meat, poultry, fish and dairy products, also grains and nuts, pumpkin and sun flower seed are good sources of L-Arginine. L Arginine is the precousor of Nitric oxide which act as a vasodilator increasing blood flow to the organs to improve the condition of the heart and blood vessels. Help to improve painful legs due to block arteries or intermittent claudication, dementia and sexual dysfunction in both men and women. L. Arginine amino acid cream is said to increase vaginal blood flow to relax vaginal muscles and improve lubrication, also one of the two main extract in the female viagra known as Lady Prelox.
Horny Goat Weed, barrenwort, bishop's hat, fairy wings, randy beef grass or yin yang huo
Use to arouse sexual desire. Contain chemicals believe to increase blood flow to improve sexual function. Also contains phytoestrogens which acts like female oestrogen.
Tongkat Ali, longjack
dubbed " the Asian Viagra" in a report in the New Sunday Times in 1999, Tongkat ali extract is a natural testosterone booster, and should not be used by pregnant or nursing women or by people with breast cancer or prostate cancer and certain medical conditions. always consult you doctor before taking any medications.
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