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The Female Viagra Pill Doesn’t Improve Your Sex Life, But It Does Make You Tired, Dizzy And Nauseous

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Honestly, when are we going to catch a break? As women, we bleed from our vagina regularly, we make less money than our male counterparts, and we have old men in suits telling us what we can and can’t do with our bodies. It’s bullshit.

But you know what’s even more screwed up than any of that? The fact that some women can’t even enjoy having sex. Sex, the most pleasurable feeling in the world, is something some women physically cannot enjoy. Tragic.

And then there was this pill. This magical little pill that promised to improve the sex life of any female out there who can’t get it on as much as they want to. It was aptly nicknamed “the female Viagra,” except it’s nothing like Viagra at all and it hasn’t worked nearly as well.

Addyi was supposed to be the answer to our problems. Women with Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder simply don’t want to have sex, ever, which is crazy because sex is awesome. Sex is amazing and fun and it should be enjoyed by any and all consenting adults. Addyi was supposed to improve sex drive by changing the brain chemistry of the person taking it, kind of like an anti-depressant for your vagina. You would take the pill for a few weeks and suddenly your vagina would go from “don’t touch me” to “yes… keep going, uh huh right there, don’t stop!!”

Except it didn’t happen like that. Addyi, like most prescription pills, has a wide variety of side effects. Specifically, people who took the drug reported feeling “sleepy, dizzy, and nauseous.” Nothing about that is sexy. Why can’t the side effects be something like “CAUTION: multiple orgasms may occur” or “may cause your boyfriend to propose” ? You also can’t drink while taking Addyi, because nothing in life is fair.

Even if you dealt with the side effects, and you gave up any and all booze, a new study on the effectiveness of the drug basically says that it doesn’t even work. The magical pill that promises to increase your desire for sex actually only increases sexual desire “one-half of an additional sexually satisfying encounter per month.” One-half. What does that even mean? Whatever it is, it can’t be great.

What a massive fail.

[via JAMA]

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Cristina Montemayor

Cristina is a Grandex Writer and Content Manager. She was an intern for over two years before she graduated a semester early to write about college full time, which makes absolutely no sense. She regretfully considers herself a Carrie, but is first and foremost a Rory. She tends to draw strong reactions from people. They are occasionally positive. You can find her in a bar as you're bending down to tie your shoes, drinking Dos XX and drunk crying to Elton John. Email her: cristina@grandex.co (not .com).

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