There are reasons why people don’t think highly of pharmaceutical companies. One of them is the misguided race to promote “female sexual dysfunction”, and to find a “cure.”
While there may indeed be biological reasons for certain sexual difficulties in women, the notion that some pill is going to fan the flames of desire and be an “orgasmatic” really minimizes what sexuality is all about.
Viagra does indeed address one physical component of sexual difficulty for men – the erection. But it is not an orgasm-producer or desire-creator, and no analogue has been found for women yet. There is no such panacea pill, because genuine sexual fulfillment is primarily about a healthy relationship, good communication, and pretty basic technique. The first two, in particular, are much more challenging to achieve and maintain, and cannot by any stretch of imagination be replaced by a capsule or a spray.
Passion ebbs and flows. Our bodies change as we age. Is there some biological/biochemical/hormonal aspect to sexual function? Sure. Hormonal tweaking may help somewhat (or may only mask a few symptoms of deeper causes), but can lead to other medical issues down the road.
But I’d be willing to bet that in most cases, “sexual dysfunction” is more a problem of heart disease – the kind that is not cured by pharmaceuticals. You can’t bottle respect, kindness, and love. I’m a guy, yet I’d boldly venture to guess that a lot of what is called “female sexual dysfunction” is really another term for “relational disruption” and/or “male inconsideration”! The complex emotional, psychological, and physiological response of a woman cannot be reduced so easily. The easy fix is to blame a syndrome and pop a pill. But that’s a fool’s dream.
Lest anyone be tempted to accuse me of misogyny, I’m all for medical cures for physiological problems, including anything that can help with biochemically-influenced sexual difficulties. But I’m not in favor of disease-mongering, or pipe-dream fixes for complex issues. Neither Viagra nor any other pharmaceutical can “fix” sexual desire or the Big “O”. But the pursuit of it can sure produce the Big $$.
That’s why I think it’s a mistake for pharmas to try to create this syndrome/market/cure. This problem needs to be addressed mainly on other levels. And pharma needs to address pressing medical concerns that can be fixed by…medicine.
[Over-simplified guy perspective? Probably. For a fuller discussion from the female perspective, I recommend a look at Liz Scherer’s FlashFree blog]