22 September 2011

Not tonight darling

The clinical trials of the drug flibanserin were the first ever that tested a drug that works at the level of the brain to enhance libido in women reporting low sexual desire.

Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, School of Medicine, University of North Carolina, John Thorp McAllister comments that while flibanserin was a poor antidepressant, it appeared to increase libido in lab trials.

He conducted multiple clinical trials and the women in the studies who took it for low sex drive reported significant improvements in sexual desire and satisfactory sexual experiences. These subjects didn’t report any specific change in mood or depression

The drug is known to alter the level of serotonin in the brain and it shows promise as the first drug to treat female libido in this manner, rather than drugs which increase blood supply to the sex organs. More trials are required but I bet this will be a popular drug when it is able to be subscribed by doctors. And surely increased sex has a positive effect on depression?

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