Nicknamed the “little pink pill,” flibanserin may be the female Viagra, the first drug intended to enhance the libido of women. Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric reports:
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Thirty-year-old Katherine Campbell has no desire for sex. “After my first son was born, I noticed it right away. It was there one day, gone the next,” Campbell tells Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric. The married mother of two says she suffers from hypoactive sexual desire disorder, a condition characterized by chronic low libido in women. Experts in the field say it’s related to brain function.
“We know there is this area of the limbic system that is associated with the neurotransmitters dopamine and norepinephrine that is functioning differently in the women with HSDD,” says Leah Millheiser, MD, director of the Female Sexual Medicine Program at Stanford School of Medicine.
A company called Sprout Pharmaceuticals has been lobbying the Food and Drug Administration to approve its experimental drug, which would be the first treatment of its kind for this problem.