FDA approves new drug for women with low sex drives

The new drug, Vyleesi, is expected to boost libido in women with hypoactive sexual desire disorder.
2:41 | 06/24/19

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You guys we'll turn to our "Gma" cover story. It's a medical breakthrough for women struggling with low sexual desire. The fda has just approved a new drug called vyleesei to heighten's woman's sex drive. Dr. Laura Berman is here to tell us all about it. Good to have you here. So, experts say that one in ten women are affected by low sexual desire. This drug for women, a lot of people say was a long time coming. Long time coming. This is such a huge issue that affects the quality of life of so many women and their relationships and we're 20 years behind men. There's only been one other fda approved medication that, you know, had a lukewarm reception because of some of the side effects and contraindications so this is huge news for women that our sex lives and desire is important enough to get things through the fda for the medical causes. 20 years and Viagra was approved more than 20 years ago, so like we said a long time coming. A long time coming. That is at the root of this? What causes this? This is why I think it's taken so long is that we're -- women are beautiful complicated creatures. It's our blessing but it's also kind of a curse sexually and so when you're looking particularly at women's sexuality it's like a Ven diagram, the emotional factors and medical factors happening all at once and interacting with each other in a nonlinear way. How she's feeling about herself, her body, the person she's with, how close she's feeling as well as her body and the medical aspects that are going on are all important and you have to look at it like a giant picture puzzle. There's a lot of play there. How does this new drug work? Well, it's believed to stimulate the dopamine production so in a new relationship when you can't get enough of each other you're actually making a lot of dopamine and as a therapist what I often have couple does when they want to kind of create more desire is go do adventurous things out of their comfort zone because that stimulates dopamine. This treatment stimulates dopamine as well. What do we know about potential side effects. Well, the main side effects reported are headaches and nausea. About 40% of women had nausea alt though only 14% dropped out so it wasn't so bad and 80% to 90% want to keep going after the clinical trial. The main thing is high blood pressure. It can increase blood pressure so if you have high blood pressure or any heart issues, you definitely want to be really careful and maybe not take this but either way obviously you want to talk to your doctor about it as well as your sex therapist. Good we're talking about it. Yay, women. It's about time.

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