Female Viagra looks like it's coming sooner than later

Jun 5, 2015 at 1:14 p.m. ET
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It's taken years to happen, but it looks like "Viagra for women" might have a real shot at getting approved in the United States sooner than later. But not everyone thinks this is great news.

An advisory committee to the Food and Drug Administration voted to approve flibanserin for women. The drug is used to treat a lack of sexual desire that is not attributable to other causes such as disease or relationship troubles. Some of the potential side effects include low blood pressure, fainting, nausea and dizziness. Doctors will have to inform their patients of these side effects before prescribing it.

For many, this is a huge move toward equality for women. But is it?

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The truth is, this whole thing seems to fall somewhere in between amazing and not-so-hot.

The pros: Many, many women experience a decrease in sexual desire may actually be able to recover from that and rediscover their sexual passion. That's the big key.

The Cons: The side effects. Obviously. And also: There really is no quick fix. In the studies, it seems women who used the pill really only had sex one time more per month than the women on the placebo. So it's not like they were suddenly rabbits.

Personally, I feel very lucky that my sexuality has remained relatively constant my whole sexual life. I have always wanted it the same way that ebbs and flows according to my fertility cycle. If, at some point in the future, I found things were different, if I wanted it less, I might be looking for a pill in time. I know my husband would.

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On the other hand, I worry about taking a new drug like this. If it had been in the market for decades and seemed safe, I might. But for now, I will let nature decide how I feel about sex.

Would you ever take this?

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