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Since Viagra, pharmaceutical companies have expressed increasing interest in developing an approved drug to treat female sexual dysfunction. Sexual dysfunction occurs in about 43% of women but only 31% of men. It may involve loss of libido, reduced arousal or fewer orgasms. The condition may be caused by life events such as relationship difficulties but this should be short lived. Persistent dysfunction should be followed up by a doctor or counselor to obtain a psychological evaluation. A psychological evaluation may determine that the cause is ineffective communication with partner, trauma from rape or trauma from childhood sexual abuse. A doctor may uncover hormonal imbalances caused by pregnancy or prescription drugs; or pelvic sensation loss caused by childbirth or hysterectomy. Treatment may involve counseling, sex therapy, new prescriptions that don't interfere with hormone levels, surgery or advice on performing Kegal exercises to strengthen pelvic floor muscles. Although there are no FDA approved drugs to treat female sexual dysfunction there are numerous prescription medications that are still under trial as well as nonprescription supplements. Experts warn consumers to be aware that these unapproved treatments may carry health risks. A drug to treat post menopausal sexual dysfunction is expected to be released in 2005 and has shown a 60% success rate in clinical trials. It works by boosting the libido via a testosterone patch.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Womens e News
About: More women than men suffer from sexual dysfunction
Date: 30 November 2004
Source: Womens e News
Author: Molly M. Ginty
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