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The Truth About Female Sexual Dysfunction

25 Nov

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This entire article may seem strange coming from a man. But for any heterosexual man, any son of any woman, or any father of young daughters there should be a vested interest in the welfare of women and their sexuality. And, while female sexuality is an uncomfortable subject to broach for most men, especially when referring to loved ones with whom you do not share a sexual relationship, the subject is worth discussing for their happiness. According to pharmaceutical companies, up to 43% of all women are affected by female sexual dysfunction. That bears repeating. Pharmaceutical companies believe that nearly half of all women in the world are suffering from some sort of impairment that prevents them from having and enjoying sex. However, female sexual dysfunction is a disease that was manufactured by drug companies to capitalize off the preoccupation that people have with sex.

As many as 12 pharmaceutical organizations are currently actively attempting to “cure” female sexual dysfunction. Pfizer, the company that created Viagra, found that up to one-third of women in southern Europe had a lack of interest in sex, and 40% of women in southeast Asia failed to reach orgasm in a 2005 survey. Some of the other drug companies estimate that at least 80% of women have significant body image issues and that those body judgement prevent 46% of women from having regular orgasms. These numbers are alarming until you consider who conducted the trials and who funded them, pharmacy. Drug companies are attempting to apply the same ideals for the treatment of sexual dysfunction to both men and women when the science of sex is completely different for the two genders.

Men are wired differently than women emotionally and physically. Dr. Edward O. Laumann, PHD. goes into great detail over the differences between the sexes and their sexual drives in his book, The Social Organization of Sexuality: Sexual Practices in the United States. His studies at the University of Chicago have shown that men think about sex more and pursue it more. Most men under the age of  60 think about sex at least once a day, while only about 25% of women think about sex that often. Men masturbate more frequently and have sex more often with more partners than women. But, women show more complex sexual drives while the male sex drive is fairly simple. Heterosexual men only become sexually excited by women and heterosexual sex acts and homosexual men are attracted to men and sexual behaviors between them. But, both women who classify themselves as heterosexual and those who consider themselves homosexual can be aroused by seeing or participating in either heterosexual or homosexual acts. According to Baumeister, women’s sexual preferences are influenced by many social, cultural, and environmental factors whereas the preferences of most men remain fairly static regardless of context. Education, religious beliefs, peers, and time all affect the sexual viewpoint and sexual behaviors of women, but sexual preference in men does not change. Therefore, women’s libidos show very little response to drug therapy while men are very responsive to several different types of treatments. This is because most sexual responses and problems for men are physical in nature rather than being tied into emotion. When a man can not perform or reach orgasm, the base cause is usually that blood is not flowing into the penis or it is not staying in the penis. These problems can usually be treated by treating the tissue in the penis that sustains the erection, treating circulation, or treating the prostate which can block flow. Reaching orgasm for a man is as simple as getting his equipment to work properly in most cases. Reaching orgasm is a more difficult venture for women. It is often a combination of mental excitement and arousal, clitoral stimulation, and good sexual technique from a partner that allows a woman to climax during sex. And even then, an orgasm is not promised to a woman. So, treating the physical aspects of sex for women has given less than desirable results even though the male and female sex organs have very similar builds and functions.

Since both the vulva of a woman and the penis of a man fill with blood when they gets aroused, and blood flow causes the requisite sensitivity of the organs that produces orgasms, pharmaceutical companies believed that promoting blood flow to the vulva would increase orgasms for women. These theories prompted most drug treatment for sexual dysfunction in women to be made to promote increased blood flow to the genitals, however increased blood flow does not lead directly to increased pleasure in women. Some of the largest drug companies in the world have siphoned millions of dollars behind this erroneous belief and lost it all. But, because so much money has been spent trying to prove that FSD exists and so much has been spent developing treatment for the nonexistent ailment, the drug therapy of FSD has to work.

Australian journalist Ray Moynihan wrote:
“In trials on women in the US, compared to placebo, flibanserin offered women an extra 0.7 “satisfying sexual events” per month. In the trials on European women, flibanserin simply failed to beat the dummy pill. With data like that, the drug is going to need all the marketing help it can get.”

The statistical conclusions that drug companies draw from their clinical studies should be more highly scrutinized because they have vested interests in the outcome of studies. Most pills that treat low libido have no significant efficacy, and convincing women that they have sexual disorder could prove to be very lucrative for the companies that “treat” the disease.

Female sexual dysfunction or “frigidity” as it was called in years past does not exist. Women simply have different sex drives than men, differing sex drives amongst themselves, and a variable of separate needs in order to achieve orgasm. Science has proven long ago that most women need more than penetration for climax to be achieved. Science has proven that women have different sexual cues that trigger different sexual responses. Science has proven that the same woman can be aroused by one behavior on one day and unresponsive to the same act the next day. And, science has proven that no matter how much individuals are alike they are still unique. There are some extreme cases when a woman may actually need medication to compensate for her low sex drive or her lack of enthusiasm about sex, however nearly half of all women are not suffering from a sexual affliction. If women are not enjoying sex, then they should not look to the pharmaceutical companies to fix them. They should seek to understand their own body, and guide their partners to what sexual and emotional behaviors please them. Female sexual dysfunction is a potentially lucrative lie that drug companies conjured up to make a lot of cash off sexually frustrated women, and our mothers, sisters, and even our daughters need to be wary of them.

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