Medications for erectile dysfunction (ED) took off in a major way with the launch of Viagra, and later Cialis, Kamagra and Levitra. These meds are so popular that they are considered as blockbusters. Millions of men have found the drugs to work well for them in successfully overcoming the ED issues. However, in this line of treatment, women’s sexual dysfunction has been sidelined. In fact, there is lesser research and also treatment options when it comes to managing sexual dysfunction in the females. There has been some research done to see if the ED drugs can help ladies too.
The active ingredients in Viagra and Cialis, which are Sildenafil and Tadalafil, are prescribed for women with pulmonary arterial hypertension. However, these same drugs are not actually prescribed for sexual problems as doctors are not really sure if they will work. A little deeper insight into the use of these meds in females can help determine if they would work or not, or even any dangers to one’s health.
What can happen when women take ED medication?
The top medications work as PDE5 enzyme inhibitors, which help to relax the blood vessels and increase blood flow to the penile region when sexually aroused to produce a strong erection. Likewise, the theory is that the drugs can aid in enhancing stimulation around the vaginal area with stimulation to improve the sensation and enhance pleasure. The results of this theory have been varied though. The anticipated treatment of sexual dysfunction in women with drugs used for ED did not occur. Probably, the use of Viagra in those taking serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SRIs) will likely experience better management of sexual dysfunction.
The research on this subject is very limited and further studies are required to establish if ED drugs are suitable for women or not. A factor that affects these studies is that women experience sexual desire and libido differently when compared to men. Hence, there is no single ED pill that can actually aid with this problem.
This does not stop women from experimenting with these drugs meant for men though. A danger to this practice is that the results are not known as to which direction it may take: if there will be any effectiveness at all. Also, drugs like Viagra, Levitra, and Cialis are potent and using them can result in certain side effects. The healthcare provider should always be consulted to check if the drug is safe to use or not.
What are the ED drug alternatives that women can take for sexual dysfunction?
While ED drugs may not be the answer for women’s sexual dysfunction issues, there are medical treatments that can help to some extent. One such treatment is the prescription drug Addyi that is recommended for use in ladies who experience low sexual desire. Estrogen and Androgen therapies are also considered in those who have hormonal imbalances affecting sexual desire. Until further research, ED drugs are not suitable or safe for females