Does Sildenafil really work for women?

Does Sildenafil  really work for women?

Sildenafil  has been a highly effective drug for treating the problem of erectile dysfunction in men for years. Its active ingredient, sildenafil citrate works by increasing blood flow to the penile muscles which helps a man achieve and maintain a firm erection. However, its success and popularity with men have aroused interest in women too. Many women wonder if Sildenafil  can work for them as well. To answer this question, several research studies have been done and many personal anecdotes have been collected. But we do not have a single definitive answer yet. To begin with, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not approve the use of Sildenafil  (sildenafil citrate) by women. However, some doctors do prescribe Generic Ladygra 100 mg for off-label use.

Can women take Sildenafil ?

As we know, Sildenafil  or sildenafil citrate increases the blood flow in the penis and helps men get an erection. If taken by women, the drug will work in the same fashion, by increasing the blood flow to their genitals. This might increase sensitivity so that a woman may easily get aroused but not all women will benefit from Sildenafil . If you want, you can take Lovegra 100 mg but whether or not it will be effective for you is a different thing. Also, sildenafil has several side effects like dizziness, nausea, flushing, headache, palpitations, abnormal vision, etc. And while it is found to be mostly safe for men, lack of research makes it less so for women. So, you should be careful while deciding to use Sildenafil .

Is Sildenafil  effective for women?

The research results so far are a mixed bag- some show that women may benefit from Sildenafil  while others found little effect. This is primarily because of the complexity of sexual dysfunction issues in women. In men, a firm erection is the outward sign showing that they’re aroused and they can use it to have sex. But in women, there is more to arousal and sex. Arousal in women has two aspects- mental and physical. Increased blood flow to genitals does not ensure arousal. Often, the issue is that a woman is not interested in having sex. Low libido in women is a far more complex problem than it is in men. Therefore, a single pill cannot solve all women’s issues. Though one study concluded that Sildenafil  improves the sexual activity in postmenopausal women who’re suffering from female sexual arousal disorder (FSAD), the latter clinical studies didn’t reach the same conclusion. 

Also, one must remember that Sildenafil  can improve sexual performance but it can’t cause sexual arousal. So, a lack of sexual interest (in man or woman) will render Sildenafil  ineffective. Women who are suffering from depression and take antidepressants (SSRIs and SNRIs) often suffer from low libido. A study showed that Sildenafil  is effective in enhancing sexual drive in such women but the research was funded by Pfizer (the manufacturer of Sildenafil ) and therefore, is questionable. 

Another clinical trial compared the effect of sildenafil vs placebo in both pre and post-menopausal women. The result showed no significant difference in the effects of sildenafil and placebo.

Therefore, we can not surely say whether Sildenafil  will be effective for women or not. More research is needed to reach any concrete answer on this part.   

Female Sildenafil  v/s Sildenafil

The search for a medicine that can act as ‘female Sildenafil ’ led to Addyi (flibanserin). It is an FDA-approved drug that can be used for treating female sexual interest/arousal disorder (FSIAD) aka hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) in premenopausal women. Its mode of working isn’t well-known but being originally developed as an antidepressant, it increases the levels of dopamine and norepinephrine in the body. It also lowers the serotonin level. The result is an increased sexual desire. Flibanserin pills are pink in color (as opposed to the blue Sildenafil ) and are commonly called ‘female Sildenafil ’ even though their active ingredient is not sildenafil.

Vyleesi (bremelanotide) is another FDA-approved drug (in injection form) that treats low libido in women. But sildenafil, as opposed to the above two drugs, treats sexual performance and not sex drive. 

If you experience pain while having sex, you should consider using lube or getting hormonal therapy. However, you may also take Ladygra 100 mg (sildenafil) to see if it works for you or not. Keep in mind that each of these medicines has its own set of side effects, so proceed with caution.

Conclusion

The results of studies conducted on women to know the effect of Sildenafil  (sildenafil) are still conflicting and show several possible side effects. This is because low sex drive in women can have several reasons- FSIAD, everyday stress factors, etc. being a few common ones. Sildenafil is effective for men with ED but women may or may not benefit from it. Flibanserin and bremelanotide are two other medicines that are specially designed to treat low libido in premenopausal women. 

Low sexual desire is very much treatable but medication is not a panacea, other options like counseling and hormonal therapy might also be helpful. Lastly, it is advisable that you consult a physician before taking any medication to treat low libido because all the drugs have certain side effects. 

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