Is Pink Viagra a 'Sham Drug'? Top Experts Think So/ video

by bluesbaby5050 on December 3rd, 2014

Is Pink Viagra a 'Sham Drug'? Top Experts Think So/ video Is Pink Viagra a 'Sham Drug'? Top Experts Think So. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVdJ5AdmhSQ&feature=player_embedded#t=0
It’s been more than 15 years since Viagra first hit the market, changing the world of male sexual health — and the world of cringe-worthy commercials — for good.

Since then, numerous other sexual function drugs for men have been approved, but none for women. Two campaigns, #WomenDeserve and eventhescore.org, have been fighting for that to change. The video above, a Viagra parody commercial and part of #WomenDeserve’s campaign, cheekily presents its claims of disparities for men and women seeking treatment.

But in an LA Times op-ed published late last week, two prominent professors argue that the campaigns are using the language of equality to misconstrue the truth about female sexual dysfunction — and hide the campaigns’ ties to the pharmaceutical industry. The op-ed reports that both sites were developed by Sprout Pharmaceuticals, which has been seeking FDA approval for its female sexual dysfunction drug flibanserin.

The authors, Ellen Laan from the University of Amsterdam and Leonore Tiefer from NYU School of Medicine, have reignited a debate that gained national attention in late October when the FDA held a heated two-day summit on female sexual dysfunction. The professors write, “The drugs for women didn’t work and were unsafe. Not approving them isn’t sexism, it’s proper regulation.”

Yahoo Health reviewed #WomenDeserve’s Viagra parody video with several experts in the field and had them weigh in to set the record straight on some exaggerated claims the video makes.

The claim: ”A biological lack of desire to have sex negatively impacts 1 in 10 American women.”

Low sexual desire can be caused by medical reasons, yes. But there are also many nonmedical reasons for it — and no evidence to suggest that 1 in 10 women are biologically wired to be disinterested in sex. “There’s nothing clear-cut that’s pointing to only medical issues or mostly medical issues, and there’s certainly no test that would be able to diagnose somebody as that,” said sex researcher Debby Herbenick, PhD, Associate Professor at Indiana University and author of The Coregasm Workout. “One in 10 anyway would be based on survey data, that’s not assessing anything biological.”

Is Pink Viagra a 'Sham Drug'? Top Experts Think So.

The claim: ”1 in 10 women suffer from sexual dysfunction with distress.”

By “distress,” researchers mean, “Is this a problem for you?” It’s an important follow-up question, since many people who report sexual problems don’t say their feelings (or lack thereof) are particularly troublesome.

The one in 10 figure is generally accurate, but by no means conclusive. Statistics vary widely depending on the group of people surveyed and the definitions used. A study in JAMA Internal Medicine found that about 8 percent of American women ages 30 through 50 had low sexual function that caused them significant distress. A similar study in the journal Menopause surveyed roughly the same age group and found that 14 percent of women reported bothersome low libido.
6 Fun Ways to Boost Her Desire: You’ve heard this advice before: Take a woman to see a scary movie, and the surge of fear-induced adrenaline will send her straight into your arms. But a new study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, published Sept. 29th, showed that fear tended to dampen women’s arousal and desire. Feeling happy, on the other hand, was associated with greater sexual desire in the moment — as well as the next day.

Past research has linked long-term emotional states, like depression, to sexual desire (or a lack thereof). But the researchers wanted to determine how women’s more fleeting feelings impact their willingness to jump in the sack. “There’s a lot about our day-to-day lives that’s tied to our emotions, whether it’s sleep or appetite or sexual functioning,” study author David Kalmbach told Yahoo Health. “There’s the term ‘being in the mood’ — some days we’re in the mood, and some days we’re not. I wanted to see what drives that.”

Over a two-week period, 171 young women kept daily diaries about their moods, as well as their sex lives. Only one emotion was linked to the women’s desire both in the present moment and on the following day: joviality, or what Kalmbach defined as “being happy, enthusiastic.” “I don’t know that it’s necessarily the happier someone is, the more they desire sex,” he said. “I think the happier or more enthused someone is, the greater their capacity for sexual desire is. Being happy is related to finding pleasure in things that we usually enjoy. And when we’re happier, we’re typically more motivated.”

Even if your partner’s moods are totally unpredictable, you can still steer her in the right direction — and doing so may actually enhance the desire-boosting effect of happiness. “If a partner does something that increases both relationship satisfaction and someone’s mood, you’re going to see a strong impact on desire,” Kalmbach noted.

Ready to rev her engine? Try these five fun ways to make your girlfriend happy — and hopefully open the gateway to another kind of fun:

Take her to a sporting event:

This may seem like your idea of an ideal date — but the electric atmosphere will likely give her mood a jolt, too. In fact, a 2011 study in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health found that attending sporting events is associated with higher life satisfaction and lower anxiety among women. Of course, happy gals may just be more open to catching a game. But there is something enlivening about sporting events. “Playing sports can give people a little rush of arousal. Watching might do that as well — the collective excitement, the suspense of who wins or loses,” said couples therapist Brandy Engler, author of The Men on My Couch.

Even if your date isn’t a huge sports fan, you can easily engage her in the game by having her pick a team to root for — and then aligning yourself with the opponent. Creating a little playful competition makes the game’s outcome about you and her — not just the teams. Hint: Choose a fast-paced sport, like horseracing or basketball, so there’s lots of action to keep her on the edge of her seat.

Plan your next vacation:

Yes, it’s only October — but why not start planning your summer vacay now? Just lusting after those seaside villas in Italy will lift her spirits: A recent Dutch study suggests that anticipating a getaway may be a more potent happiness booster than the actual trip. “You’re planning together, working as a team. That activates excitement and affection for each other,” DeAnna Lorraine, a Los Angeles-based dating coach, told Yahoo Health. “To women, it’s like foreplay — we can get very aroused just by imagining and anticipating things.” Bonus: Researching a couples getaway can put her in the romantic mindset now, said Engler. Borrow a friend’s dog for the day:

Your buddy’s dog is your best friend — at least when it comes to winning over your date. “Women love seeing a man around animals,” said Lorraine. “It’s similar to watching him around children — it brings out nurturing instincts.” No pooch of your own? Offer to babysit a pal’s for the day, and head to the park with your partner.

Just don’t spend too much of your time loving on Fido together: Oxytocin, the bonding hormone, “makes us feel lovey dovey, but not necessarily sexual,” explained Engler. “You want testosterone, which comes with physical activity and competition.” So grab the ball and play catch together. Or go on a jog and take turns holding the leash.

Embrace the outdoors:

Go hiking, rockclimbing, kayaking — anything to get you outside and active. “When you’re stuck in your home, the energy can get stagnant,” Lorraine said. “But when you’re outside, it’s an unpredictable environment.” Read: You’re surrounded by novelty — whether you’re exploring a new trail or checking out a waterfall — and that’s a potent mood booster for both parties. “It’s primal,” said Engler. “When you’re engaging with the earth, you’re getting back in touch with your body.” And that physical arousal can easily translate to another kind of energy.

Sample gourmet chocolates:

We don’t need to tell you that women love chocolate. But don’t just hand her a box of supermarket sweets — instead, take her to a gourmet chocolate shop, and let her choose a variety to try. Once you’re home, uncork a bottle of red wine, and sample them together. “Break off a little piece, place it in her mouth, have her close her eyes, and tell her to really taste it,” Engler said. “You’re getting into the senses together.”

Tap into your creativity:

Turn game night into a bonding experience: Choose an active, creative game that requires a timer, like Pictionary or charades, and compete against each other. “The timer heightens the arousal even more,” Lorraine said. “And you’re forced to be dorky and silly—these games create playfulness and laughter automatically.” - https://www.yahoo.com/health/its-been-more-than-15-years-since-viagra-fi...

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