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Female sexual dysfunction not easily solved

05/03/2010 - Articles

Female sexual dysfunction not easily solved

By: Susan Aldridge, medical journalist, PhD

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Male sexual dysfunction is a problem that can be addressed – using sildenafil and related drugs. For female sexual dysfunction, the pharmaceutical industry has yet to come up with an effective solution, according to a new Datamonitor report. There are, however, 120 million women or more in the seven major pharma markets that have some form of female sexual dysfunction. Low libido, painful intercourse and problems with arousal are the most common manifestations of female sexual dysfunction. These are topics not often raised between doctor and patient because of cultural and societal barriers.

‘There is a stigma associated with talking about sex, cultural embarrassment, and avoidance of discussion of sexual dysfunction in the clinical environment. All these are common barriers that prevent doctors and patients from talking about sex,’ comments Maya Marescotti, women’s health analyst at Datamonitor healthcare.

In a recent study of US healthcare providers, only 34% of doctors said they would raise sexual health as an issue with patients. And another study said that three quarters of women did not want to discuss the subject with the doctor. When female sexual dysfunction is treated, it is unusual for patients to receive only drug therapy. Psychosocial interventions are usually a key part of treatment, with basic counselling. In any case, there is only one drug for female sexual dysfunction, which is a testosterone patch available to women who have had their womb and/or ovaries removed. But there are some new drugs in the pipeline, which aim to tackle the psychosocial element of female sexual dysfunction. Others being developed will address hormone imbalances, and include a testosterone gel to be applied to the upper arm. But there is no female equivalent to sildenafil which can be so effective in treating erectile dysfunction.

 

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Datamonitor Sexual Dysfunction: the quest for the next Viagra continues March 2010

 

Created on: 05/03/2010
Reviewed on: 05/03/2010

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Anonymous wrote 9 weeks 3 days ago

There are medications used for treating female sexual dysfunction. There is filagra pink used . You can find details of this medication at International Drug Mart

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