Viagra for Women on SSRIs?

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Viagra for Women on SSRIs?
A new study says the little blue pills can help a gal get off.

Viagra for Women on SSRIs?Good news for women whose sex lives suck after going on antidepressants: a new study says Viagra might help!

Yup, you read that right: Viagra, the little blue pill used by men to aid in sexual performance (and which made John McCain squirm like a trout on a fishing line when asked about it by a reporter).

 

A study at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine suggests Viagra improves "orgasm delay" for healthy, antidepressant-taking, pre-menopausal women, compared with a placebo. For women like the ones in the study, Viagra seems to stroke the physical side of sex and has to potential to improve vaginal lubrication and blood flow, according to U.S. News and World Reports article. But it doesn't necessarily affect libido, which doctors say is wired inside your head.

This is just one study of a select group of women and doesn't mean Viagra is now for the ladies (unless you are Samantha Jones on Sex & The City!) U.S. News says drug-maker Pfizer abandoned trials to receive FDA approval of Viagra to treat female sexual arousal disorder, and the agency doesn't endorse the prescription of the little blue pills for women, even though docs do it anyway.

Still, sexy pills could be helpful for a woman whose depression treatment is affecting her sex drive. The well-known potential sexual side effects of antidepressants can put anyone -- man or woman -- in a real bind. I even know a  depressed guy who refused to take antidepressants because he didn't want it to "ruin" his sex life.

Have you experienced sexual side effects from taking antidepressants? If you're a woman, would you consider taking Viagra to turn that around? Tell us in the comments section below!

 
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