You can’t treat female lack of desire with Viagra

There’s this expectation to be hot all the time… and then this reality where you’re bored and tired and don’t want to do it,“ says a 40-year-old woman on the worldwide crisis of the plummeting female sex drive.

Most surveys confirm her impressions. “The generalised loss of sexual interest is the most common sexual complaint among women of all ages. To believe some of the numbers ­ 16% of British women experience a lack of sexual desire; 43% of American women are affected by female sexual dysfunction; 10-50% of women globally report having too little desire ­ is to confront the idea that we are in the midst of a veritable crisis of libido,“ writes Katherine Rowland. While female desire has many components -social, psychological, emotional -pharma companies have focused on the physiological aspect.sexual interest

“Like men’s, women’s levels of testosterone decline with age, and scientists speculate that falling counts might contribute to diminished desire.As a result… pharmaceutical firms are busily experimenting with androgenboosting treatments for women,“ writes Rowland. But there is a central fallacy in that: men’s medicines do not target desire. Erectile dysfunction drugs and testosterone therapies intervene on a mechanical level, with the underlying assumption that if the flesh is able, the mind is willing. But the truth is female desire is an altogether more complex thing, as the lack of a solution tells us.