her-header

Flibanserin: New Viagra for Women?

From the Show: HER
Summary: Why are there are so many sexual enhancement drugs available for men and zero for women?
Air Date: 6/26/14
Duration: 10
Host: Michelle King Robson and Pamela Peeke, MD
Guest Bio: Lauren Streicher, MD
laurenLauren Streicher, MD, is an Associate Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern University's medical school, The Feinberg School of Medicine.

Her clinical interests include all aspects of women's health, but Dr. Streicher has a particular interest and expertise in menopause and sexual health.

She has devoted her career to the premise that if women are given good information, they will make good decisions for themselves and the people around them.

To that end, in addition to her practice and teaching activities, Dr. Streicher had dedicated her time to educating women through consumer publications and media appearances.

Dr. Streicher is currently appearing regularly on ABC's Windy City Live! and is a recurrent guest on shows such as the Dr. Oz Show, Steve Harvey Show, Today Show and Good Morning America-Health.

Dr. Streicher has had over 1000 appearances on local and national news regarding all aspects of women's health care in addition to contributing articles and being interviewed for magazines such as Glamour, Cosmo, Oprah! Marie Claire, Prevention, Women's Health, Self, Whole Living, All You, First for Women, Women's Day, Family Circle, and Shape.

She is the health expert for The Ladies Home Journal. She writes regularly as an "Expert Contributor" on the Dr. Oz Show web site and Everday Health.

Castle Connolly and Chicago Magazine have consistently recognized her as one of the "Top Doctors" in Chicago and she was featured in an article in Chicago Magazine's Top Doc issue. She was recently designated as one of the 100 Women of Influence by Today's Chicago Women magazine.

In addition to Love Sex Again: A Gynecologist Fixes The Medical Issues That Are Sabotaging Your Sex Life, Dr. Streicher published, The Essential Guide to Hysterectomy, (2004 and 2013)

Dr. Streicher is a Fellow in the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists; a Diplomat of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology; a member of the Sexual Medicine Society of North America, Inc., The International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health, The Scientific Network on Female Sexual Health and Cancer, The Association for Gynecologic Laparoscopy; and is a Certified Menopause Practitioner of The North American Menopause Society.
  • Book Title: Love Sex Again: A Gynecologist Fixes The Medical Issues That Are Sabotaging Your Sex Life
Flibanserin: New Viagra for Women?
Sometimes you're just not in the mood for sex, which is a normal reaction to a long day of stress-induced meetings, your turn for carpool and still needing to whip up a healthy meal for dinner.

However, when you're NEVER in the mood, you could be suffering from a type of sexual dysfunction.

In fact, 43 percent of women suffer from some sort of sexual dysfunction and are often looking for something to boost their mood.

And why shouldn't they?

The drug Flibanserin is locked in a heated battle for approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, raising controversial questions about why there are so many sexual enhancement drugs available for men and zero for women.

The drug was recently rejected by the FDA.

Around 11,000 women participated in Flibanserin clinical trials. According to Sprout Pharmaceutical's results, on average, women taking Flibanserin doubled their number of so-called "satisfying sexual events" while taking the drug and reported a 50 percent increase in sexual desire. Flibanserin is more than curing a weak libido. It's specifically for treating Hypo-active Sexual Desire Disorder, or HSDD.

Roughly 15 percent of women who participated in the study dropped out because of the side effects, including sleepiness, dizziness and anxiety.

Even though Viagra trials only included 3,000 men and demonstrated some extreme side effects, the FDA still approved it.

This leaves many women's health advocates to believe women are being treated unequally.

Could Flibanserin be the female version of Viagra?

Associate Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern University's medical school, The Feinberg School of Medicine, Dr. Lauren Streicher, MD, shares the controversy surrounding Filbanserin.
FREE RadioMD Newsletter: