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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Search for a Women's Libido Pill Raises Questions About Causes of Waning Female Sex Drive

The New York Times: Unexcited? There May Be a Pill for That, by Daniel Bergner:

Linneah sat at a desk at the Center for Sexual Medicine at Sheppard Pratt in the suburbs of Baltimore and filled out a questionnaire. She read briskly, making swift checks beside her selected answers, and when she was finished, she handed the pages across the desk to Martina Miller, who gave her a round of pills.

The pills were either a placebo or a new drug called Lybrido, created to stoke sexual desire in women. . . .

. . .“Female Viagra” is the way drugs like Lybrido and Lybridos tend to be discussed. But this is a misconception. Viagra meddles with the arteries; it causes physical shifts that allow the penis to rise. A female-desire drug would be something else. It would adjust the primal and executive regions of the brain. It would reach into the psyche. . . .

See also Jezebel: How a Women's Libido Pill Could Actually Save Monogamy, by Lindy West.

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