Men have Viagra, but where’s the little blue pill for women? While there may not be more women with a flagging libido than in the past, they are speaking up more. Unfortunately, hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) can be caused by a number of factors, both physical and emotional, which makes it harder to create a one-size-fits-all pill for women.
Women often notice a cycle of desire through the month. It is natural to feel a surge of desire during ovulation When a women stops ovulating, that surge stops. In addition, the drop in estrogen that occurs during and after menopause decreases a woman's sex drive. The natural drop in testosterone during menopause has a similar result.
Some other common causes are low thyroid function, iron deficiency anemia, and a low level of depression. Sexual lubrication is another important factor in both comfort and enjoyment and this can decline as women age.
Don't discount the value of a slippery substance when body parts rub together. Sexual lubricants reduce friction and enhance natural body secretions. This is a case where more is better, particularly as women tend to produce less natural lubrication as they age.
Hormone replacement therapy
Hormone replacement therapy can increase sex drive in women of all ages. Younger women taking birth control pills may generate a protein that binds to testosterone. Speak to your doctor about switching brands to alleviate the problem.
Women in menopause often find that adding back some testosterone can increase sensation and orgasms. However, you need to be tested first to see if you are deficient. It is also useful for women who have had their ovaries removed.
Remedies to try
Zestra is an oil to be applied to the genitals that claims “to increases female sexual sensation, arousal and pleasure” for women of all ages. ArginMax is a nutritional supplement containing the amino acid L-Arginine that claims to increase blood flow and sexual arousal. However, people with genital herpes should not take L-Arginine as it seems to promote the herpes virus.
Some medications, such as antidepressants, have a negative effect on sexual desire. Discuss this with your doctor and see if there are alternative medications to try. Some antidepressants, such as Wellbutrin, Celexa, BuSpar, Serzone and Effexor, have less drastic side effects.
Research is being done to see if Viagra can help women by increasing blood flow. However, thus far the results are inconclusive.