We’ve come a long way baby… or have we? Of course, I am talking about the panel of U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisors who announced (on Thursday) the recommendation for approval of a “little pink pill” for female sexual desire. Canada will have to wait for Health Canada approval which if approved in the US will take about one year. Controversy is swirling from the belief that hypoactive sexual desire disorder or low sexual desire/low interest is a “medicalized” myth created by pharmaceutical companies to fill their coffers to money-backed organizations touting sexism for the paucity of options available for female sexual desire. There are twenty-six medications available for male sexual dysfunction but of course that is because function for men is more straightforward.

Low sexual desire in women is indeed a very real condition. There are times when the reason for this is easy to ascertain like when a woman is tired, is having relationships issues, has a medical condition or as the side effect of antidepressant medication. Lifestyle plays a role and certainly a woman’s overall health, nutrition, and hormones are well-known reasons for a woman’s lackluster interest in heading back to the bedroom.

Self-care has never been more important when it comes to female sexual desire especially in this fast-paced world in which we live. “Rushing woman’s syndrome” is an epidemic and given the associated fatigue, women are hitting the hay for sleep vs sex at the end of the day. Placing children, careers and extended family ahead of one’s partner may mean that the relationship is not given the attention it deserves in order to maintain the intimacy. When little value is placed on a relationship, the interest (especially the sexual interest) wanes.

As mentioned there are a number of medical reasons for low sexual desire. For instance, vaginal dryness (which may occur in women as young as age thirty-one, during pregnancy or breastfeeding, peri-menopause and/or post menopause) may lead to painful sex. Who wants to do anything that hurts? Hence, low sexual desire.

Fortunately there are a number of over the counter treatments for vaginal dryness, a condition that can affect so many women at many different times of their life. RepaGyn® is one of the available options to help relieve dryness and even helps to heal vaginal tissues (which I’ve seen can occur within two months using RepaGyn®).

It is important, especially with this new “pink pill” for low sexual desire, that health care practitioners descry and properly diagnose the reason for low sexual desire prior to having their female patients “pop” the little pink pill.

That said, never has the medical expression “the right drug at the right dose at the right time” rung more true than with those less than interested in getting back to the bedroom.


Maureen McGrath

Maureen McGrath

Host of the CKNW Sunday Night Health Show on Corus Radio. As a leading women's health expert and Registered Nurse, I understand the importance that sexual, vaginal, bladder and bowel health has on overall health and relationships.


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