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Can A Woman Take Viagra? What Happens If She Does?

Can women take viagra

The title sounds weird as Viagra is a renowned drug used only by men to treat erectile dysfunction by increasing blood flow to the penis. But at the same time, it is curious to know how this drug will do wonders if taken by women.

As per the results, 42% of women who took Viagra reported extreme contentment during sexual intercourse compared to 28% of women who took a placebo. Similarly, 57% of women who consumed Viagra have reported it improved pleasurable sensation in genitals during sex.

When a woman is dissatisfied with her sexual life, this condition is called female sexual dysfunction (FSD). This condition causes significant stress in most women, which affects their lifestyle.

Sexual Dysfunction In Women

Female sexual dysfunction (FSD) is a widespread problem faced by females, associated with pain, libido problems or low sex drive. This has been observed in 38% – 63% of women, especially those who have crossed 40 years of age. This can arise due to many factors, including psychological stress, anxiety, hormonal changes, diabetes or a history of trauma. The symptoms of FSD include-

  • Difficulty in arousal
  • Painful intercourse
  • Low sex drive
  • Vaginal muscles are not relaxing
  • Insufficient vaginal lubrication

In such cases, people think about any pill that could improve women’s sex drive and sexual performance. This is where a little drug known as Viagra comes into existence. Viagra has been tested as a treatment for sexual dysfunction in women; however, it is not approved by the US FDA for use by women.

How Does Viagra Work?

Viagra consists of an active component, i.e. Sildenafil, which was initially identified to treat angina (chest pain). It blocks the action of the Phosphodiesterase type 5 enzyme (PDE5), resulting in the relaxation of blood vessels and improved blood flow in the penis.

This did wonder for the men who have erectile dysfunction, as Viagra improves the blood flow in the penis resulting in an erection.

What Happens If Women Take Viagra?

Although Viagra is not approved for use in women by the FDA, several clinical studies have identified its active ingredient’s biological effect on women. Viagra is a PDE5 inhibitor which increases the blood flow in the vagina and clitoris, resulting in a clitoral erection. This happens because the Phosphodiesterase type 5 enzyme (PDE5) is also expressed in the clitoral, vagina and smooth muscles, just like in tissues of the penis.
Broadly, it can benefit women with low libido lacking and inconsistency.

How Much Viagra Should A Woman Take?

Viagra is available in doses 25mg, 50mg, and 100mg. The recommended dose for men is 50mg which should be taken 1 hour before sex. Its maximum dose for men is 100 mg.

However, in the case of females, this drug is usually not recommended for use because which exact information about the dose is uncertain. But in general, the amounts range from 10mg-100mg. The lowest initial dose is prescribed in the case of women.

If you plan to take Viagra, it is better to seek a recommendation from the concerned doctor with all safety details.

What Side Are Effects Observed If Women Take Viagra?

As per findings from various clinical trials, Sildenafil (Viagra) can help women with sexual dysfunction, low libido or arousal disorder. This drug can also cause some side effects in women-

  • Hot flushes
  • Headache
  • Dizziness, Nausea
  • Stuffy nose
  • Visual disturbances

These side effects may vary with different individuals. In case of significant

concern, it is advised to reach out for help from healthcare professionals. However, more study needs to be done to understand the effect of Viagra on women better.

Are Female And Male Viagra Similar?

Female Viagra is a drug used to treat sexual dysfunction or low sex drive in females. Mostly female Viagra medication is known as Flibanserin. Studies have stated the efficacy of Flibanserin working on women’s minds rather than genitals. It is different from the male Viagra and works differently in male and female bodies.

Alternative To Viagra For Women

Viagra has been tried and tested for sexual dysfunction in women. It is not approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use by women. This was not a matter of concern for a more extended period, and there was no FDA-approved medicine for the treatment of sexual dysfunction in women. Yet, 4 out of 10 women report having a sexual problem.

However, FDA has now approved two of the medication, i.e. Flibanserin (Addyi) and bremelanotide (Vyleesi). Although Addyi is an oral medication and Vyleesi is an injection, they aim to address low sexual desire in women not caused by a medical or psychological condition.

It should be noted that these two medicines are not similar to Viagra. Viagra is prescribed to people with sexual desire but have physical problems that affect sexual activity. Addyi and Vyleesi affect brain functioning in people who want to engage in sexual activity.

Addyi (Flibanserin)

Flibanserin (brand name Addyi) is a prescription drug that helps treat Hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD). HSDD is characterized by a condition in which a person is least interested in sexual desires or has a low sex drive, which causes personal distress.
Addyi is specifically used for treating low sexual desire in premenopausal women. This drug works on serotonin neurotransmitters differently than antidepressants. It also increases the dopamine level.

This drug effectively improves sexual activity but causes side effects, including dizziness, fainting and low BP. These side effects can be intensified after taking alcohol along with the drug. Thus, it is recommended to avoid drinking alcohol while on this drug.
Recommended dose- 100mg daily (in the evening). Discontinuation Of ADDYI- Discontinue Addyi after 8 weeks in case of no improvement

Vyleesi (Bremelanotide)

It is another FDA-approved drug for treating HSDD, low libido, or low sex drive in premenopausal women. It belongs to the class of Melanocortin Agonists drugs. This injectable medicine activates Melanocortin receptors, which affect physiological responses, including sexual behaviour. However, the detailed study behind the working of vyleesi is still uncertain.

Apart from its therapeutic action in improving sex drive, it has potential side effects, including nausea, vomiting, headache and reaction at the administration site.

This drug is not indicated in men or postmenopausal women.

Recommended dose: 1.7mg SQ (in abdomen or thigh at least 45 min before sexual activity)

Maximum dose: Once a day or 8 shots per month

Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not take either of the two drugs.

Quick FAQ

How do Women Feels After Taking Viagra?
Viagra improves the blood flow to the genitals area to increase the stimulation effect. Women can feel tingling, warmness, and tightness in the genitals just as during foreplay or intercourse. Blood pressure plays a significant role in stimulation.
How Long Does Viagra Last for women?
Viagra is like another medicine; the effect lasts for a certain period. E.g. the brand Addyi results last for around 11 hours; the duration can vary depending on the metabolism and absorption of the body.
Why is Viagra not usually preferred for Women?
Initially, Viagra was invented to treat hypertension, but researchers found it effectively treated ED in men. FDA has not yet approved to use in female sexual dysfunction. It has been found to affect biologically on women's bodies as it increases the blood flow level in the body, which can turn into side effects.

Conclusion

For many females, there has been a fluctuation in the sexual drive over the years, which is usually associated with a stressful lifestyle, changes in relationships, and physical changes like pregnancy and menopause. But estimation of 10% of females struggles with a low libido that causes them stress. To treat this condition which is commonly known as Hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD), the FDA has approved two prescription drugs, i.e. Addyi and Vyleesi. These treatments are usually referred to as “female Viagra” – an approval to one of the medicines taken by men for sexual problems. But they’re not much similar to Viagra as they work differently in the body.

However, there is a real need to understand better the effects Sildenafil has on women, given the potential benefits the drug might have for other conditions.

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