For women with low sex drive, the Food and Drug Administration has approved a new EpiPen-like drug that promises to boost libido. The FDA made the decision on Friday. The drug is somewhat similar to medications used to treat erectile dysfunction in men, in that they are meant to be used "on demand" — when a person wants to be sexually intimate. But that's where the similarity stops. Erectile dysfunction drugs work by increasing blood flow to a man's genitals. Bremelanotide, on the other hand, works by targeting a woman's brain chemistry.
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Orgasms are anything but simple. They require a complex dance of physical stimulation and reaction. When every link in the chain does its job, you experience a satisfying torrent of sensation. But, as our bodies age, the chances that one of those steps will be skipped increases, making an already elusive goal of achieving orgasm that much harder. Well before women hit menopause, their bodies begin to make changes that affect hormone levels.
By definition, you may be diagnosed with hypoactive sexual desire disorder if you frequently lack sexual thoughts or desire, and the absence of these feelings causes personal distress. Whether you fit this medical diagnosis or not, your doctor can look for reasons that your sex drive isn't as high as you'd like and find ways to help. Most women benefit from a treatment approach aimed at the many causes behind this condition. Recommendations may include sex education, counseling, and sometimes medication and hormone therapy.