It's exciting for women who have struggled with hypoactive sexual disorder to be recognized and have a medication alternative. Not only is it a viable option for this disruptive sexual dysfunction, but the FDA is showing support in the challenges with female sexual health.
The controversy about flibanserin is in fact magnificent, and frankly, the entire point. We must talk openly about sexuality and sexual concerns to improve them, personally for one woman at a time, but also uniformly to embrace female sexuality as a vastly larger societal allowance.
Each of us should be allowed to decide whether or not to accept the agency's opinions. Those who want to categorically trust the government would still be able do so. But those who want to rely on other sources would be given the freedom to choose.
From a Times editorial, "'Little Pink Pill' for Women Comes With Risks," (NYT, 8/21/15), "The most serious side effects include severely low blood pressure and loss of consciousness."
Since August 18, headlines have proclaimed the news about the approval of the so-called "female Viagra," Addyi™ . The approval sparked enthusiastic responses from advocates and opponents, which will no doubt continue.
Why did the FDA decide to approve Addyi this time? The drug did not become any safer or more beneficial; the difference came
Both drugs treat sexual issues, but that's where the similarities end.
Next week, however, we are on track to make the kind of progress in gender equity that usually comes once in a generation. This will be a step forward that makes the battles that came before worth it and, on a personal note, serves as a soothing salve to my chronic outrage.
Over a month ago, I had the chance to attend hearings at the FDA on a drug being considered for approval for female sexual health. Even as the weeks pass, the experience remains fresh in my mind and catalyzes lots of conversations (with folks who like to discuss this sort of thing).
Sex is a basic human right -- a human right. Not a man right. Women want to have sex and, more than that, they want to enjoy it.