Female sexual interest/arousal disorder

Illness inflation – How everyday conditions become medical disorders

Sexual desire: risky drugs with minimal benefit being used to treat dubious conditions.

. New conditions, new treatments
. The search for a female drug
. ‘I would never have done it’
. More drugs in the pipeline

– Read Sexual desire: Risky drugs with minimal benefit being used to treat dubious conditions, by Journal Sentinel‘s special report: Illness inflation, How everyday conditions become medical disorders.
– Enjoy our health infographics album on Flickr.

Women’s Sexual Desire

When pharma turns lack of desire into a disease…

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When pharma turns lack of desire into a disease…
Sources and more information

The Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder and the Female Sexual Function Index…

Drug industry links run deep in field of sexual medicine

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The FSFI is a brief questionnaire measure of sexual functioning in women…
The Journey, woman and frog image by Thomas Hawk.

Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder (HSDD)

Alan Cassels, a drug policy researcher at the University of Victoria said:

“The main hurdle (for – Addyi – approval) was to try and define the disease,”…
“And I think (Sprout) bamboozled the FDA into considering this a disease.”…
“This (HSDD-targeting) drug will be marketed to everyone who doesn’t want to have sex, for whatever reason – the ‘Not tonight, honey, I have a headache’ market.“…
“The market has been shaped around turning lack of desire into a disease and I think it’s highly problematic,” …  “This idea that you can tamper with and increase sexual desire with a pill – this is the brave new world.”…

Dr. Adriane Fugh-Berman , Director of PharmedOut, Georgetown University Medical Center said:

“Creating a diagnosis gives a company monopoly over the market it created,” …

Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI)

Ray Rosen, the psychiatrist who led the FSFI panel said:

“Obviously, there’s no biochemical thing you can measure to say ‘this women has so much desire,’ so it has to be a subjective rating of some kind,”…

Dr. Adriane Fugh-Berman , Director of PharmedOut, Georgetown University Medical Center said:

“The industry-generated tests are rigged tests, designed to make healthy people think they are ill,”… “They medicalize normal human variation and normal ups and downs.”…

Sources and more information
  • FSFI © Questionnaire PDF File.
  • FSFI Scoring Appendix PDF File.
  • The Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI): A Multidimensional Self-Report Instrument for the Assessment of Female Sexual Function, Journal of Marital and Sex Therapy: 2000: 26:191-208.
  • Drug industry links run deep in field of sexual medicine,
    medicalxpress, August 20, 2015.
  • Female Viagra’ okayed in U.S., may come to Canada, thestar, Aug 19 2015.

About Female Sexual Dysfunction and (new) sex drugs for women

Pink Viagra or Pink Elephant?

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To date, clinical trials for FSD drugs have shown no evidence of efficacy, and their high placebo rates indicate that anticipation effects alone may be as effective as any pill.
  • “My personal drug-therapy breakthrough for sexual dysfunction turned out to be stopping a drug, not starting one.”
  • “For this young Turkish woman, now a graduate student at Yale, books rather than pills were the key to overcoming her sexual difficulties.”
  • “Transforming everyday problems of life into medical problems with pharmaceutical treatments also transforms the people who experience those problems.”
  • DES Daughters are living proof that good intentions and poor research lead to disaster, potentially for generations to come.”

Read: Pink Viagra or Pink Elephant?, Rxisk, December 1, 2014.
Related: Evening the score on sex drugs: feminist movement or marketing masquerade? Rxisk bmj.g6246.full_.pdf.