Pink Viagra?

We heard from several women following our article on Viagra’s 15th “birthday” recently.  They lamented that, although “the little blue pill” and its variants have given us guys renewed performance, they were unable to fully enjoy sex, owing to postmenopausal dryness and discomfort.

A new option is now available to women: Osphena.  This medication mimics the action of estrogen on the vagina and may allow the 40% of postmenopausal women who suffer from painful sex to once again enjoy the experience.  It was approved by the FDA in March and is available starting in June with a doctor’s prescription.

The clinical term painful sex in females is dyspareunia and there can be many reasons for it. One of the major causes, however, is menopause. During menopause, a woman’s body stops producing estrogen and progesterone. This can result in thinning of the vaginal lining, with dryness, itching, burning, discharge, and even cracking, resulting in pain during sex.  Osphena can alleviate these symptoms. The advantages of Osphena over hormone replacement are as yet unclear, except that it is taken orally and not applied topically.

As with all medications, there are several contraindications to Osphena and the decision to use it must be weighed with potential risks, especially when compared with the use of lubricants or hormone replacement therapies.

And, like Viagra, Osphena does not impact libido.  Desire is still a requisite for both men and women when it comes to having really good sex!

 

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