Flibanserin (ADDyi) was originally developed as an antidepressant, and it is supposed to target the pleasure center of the female brain. Sadly, it doesn’t really work all that well – as an antidepressant or a sexual desire drug. It must be taken daily and the effects are subtle at best.
Since you’re already in your early 50s, you’re most likely menopausal or on the verge of it. Unfortunately, when it comes to ADDyi™, no hot mamas need apply.
The controversial drug being touted in the media as the “Female Viagra” is approved only for use in pre-menopausal women and it comes with lots of side effects. For instance, ADDyi causes low blood pressure when mixed with alcohol, so women taking the drug MUST abstain from alcohol use. In addition, you can’t take it if you’re using any form of hormonal birth control.
Luckily, there are 27 other FDA approved medications to treat low libido/sexual dysfunction. Unluckily, they’re all FOR men. Why? Basically, when it’s men’s sexual enjoyment at stake, it’s medicine. When it’s women’s sexual enjoyment at stake, we’re the ones who get burned.
There’s already a safer, more effective treatment – it’s called testosterone. Testosterone is a full forty percent of a healthy woman’s hormonal makeup and plays a big role in the libido. The hallmarks of testosterone deficiency include low libido, weight gain, low libido, anxiety, low libido, depression, and did I mention low libido? Women may also experience mood swings, memory loss, sugar cravings and a “beer belly” appearance from the weight gain. Anything sound familiar?
The key to treating desire issues in women (whether they are pre- or post-menopausal) is making certain there is a healthy hormonal balance, and that means addressing any underlying testosterone deficiency through bio-identical hormone replacement therapy.