Women whose mates have a hard time pushing their “button” may benefit from a 2001 invention that triggers orgasms at will, provided that its creator can find commercial interest in the device.
Stuart Meloy, a surgeon at Piedmont Anesthesia and Pain Consultants in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, was investigating how the device could be used to treat woman who have difficulty achieving orgasm, but we reported in 2003 that volunteers for early tests were proving hard to find.
As of 2014, the massive media interest in the device has not translated into the $6 million that Meloy estimates would be needed to run a full trial.
Health insurers do not cover the cost of experimental treatments, and approval from regulators is needed to license the devices for treating a specific condition, such as sexual dysfunction. “Staging an FDA pivotal trial is a fairly expensive undertaking, and that takes money I don’t have right now,” Meloy says.