Archive for April 6th, 2011


The artificially-enhanced sexual prowess of middle-aged men may be matched soon with the news that Viagra is one step closer to making its debut in the female market.

According to Pfizer, the company that manufactures Viagra, the results of tests on 500 women in 19 countries in North America and Europe are expected to be made available in the fall. The drug may be approved in the United States for female use in 12 months’ time.

In men, Viagra or sildenafil, acts on an enzyme that’s prevalent in the penis to boost blood flow. Researchers believe that it also boosts blood flow to the female erectile tissue of the vagina and clitoris, increasing lubrication and sensitivity to sexual stimulation.

But the jury is still out on how effective the drug dubbed the little blue pill will be for women. In a pilot study of 17 postmenopausal women by Dr. Jennifer Berman, a urologist at the Women’s Sexual Health Clinic at Boston, Viagra was found to improve overall sexual dysfunction. The participants were instructed to masturbate to an erotic video. Tests found a significant increase in both genital blood flow and vaginal lubrication, the symptoms of sexual arousal.

Other research has shown less positive results. A study published in the March issue of the journal Urology found that among 33 postmenopausal women treated with Viagra for a period of 12 weeks, only 20 to 30 percent reported improvements in orgasm quality, vaginal lubrication and clitoral sensitivity. The success rate is comparable to that of placebo. Such findings indicate that Viagra for women will not be the bombshell it was for men.


  • Viagra in women works by boosting blood flow to the genitals and increasing vaginal lubrication.
  • Research on women has shown mixed results. One study found Viagra was no more effective than placebo. A second study found it improved overall sexual functioning.

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