See what users are saying about Today Sponge!

FDA to vote on ‘female Viagra’ approval

Take back your sex life with the help of a little pink pill.

Take back your sex life with the help of a little pink pill.

According to The New York Times, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has voted 18-6 to favor approval for the drug flibanserin for women whose lack of sexual desire can't be attributed to other issues.

The drug could be approved by August 18, the FDA's deadline for making a decision. The drug has been supported by a host of women's groups including the National Council of Women's Organizations and Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health. 

The pill would be taken once a day before going to sleep. For premenopausal women suffering from a lack of sexual desire, this could be life changing. About 7 percent of women in this category suffer from hypoactive sexual desire disorder.

The drug takes effect by influencing certain chemicals in the brain such as serotonin and dopamine. As compared to women in the clinical trial that had taken a placebo, those that took flibanserin had an average of one more "sexually satisfying event" per month. These women also reported a stronger desire to have sex, although this number was relatively small compared  to the placebo effects.

Many women see the drug as a last attempt at saving their marriages. Although sex is obviously not the most important part of a relationship, intimacy can be. A lack of sexual intimacy and closeness can create a host of issues for a couple and hurt the psyche of women as well. 

"Critics say the improvement might only be modest, but, oh, what I would give for even a modest improvement," said Katherine Campbell, who has not tried flibanserin, but spoke on its behalf at the voting hearing.

When the mood does strike and sexual desire is at its peak, make sure you're protected from the risk of pregnancy. Use Today Sponge, a birth control with no hormones viable for up to 24 hours of protection. Learn more on our website