FDA Requests More Studies on Female Viagra

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We're one step closer to making the ever-elusive female Viagra a reality.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) told Sprout Pharmaceuticals, the maker of flibanserin, an experimental pill used to treat female sexual dysfunction that it needs at least three additional human studies on the product to get more of an idea of how it interacts with other medications, whether it interferes with the ability to drive, and whether it causes sleepiness. Still, if it gets approval, flibanserin will be the first-ever pill on the market to treat women's libidos.

Unlike Viagra, which works by directing blood flow to the penis, flibanserin would be the only pill that taps into the brain chemicals that affect your mood and appetite. But because so many different factors, such as stress, depression, low self-esteem, and relationship issues, can affect your sex drive, some experts worry that a "little pink pill" for women is not the most effective or healthy way to treat female sexual arousal problems. 

The not-so-sexy reality is that it can be hard to get in the mood under the best of circumstances. Throw in a nine-hour workday, a dog that needs walking, kids who need to be fed, and those bills that need to be paid, and forget it—that loving feeling goes right out the door. Luckily there are a few simple steps you can take to turn up the heat between the sheets without a pill. Keep in mind that your libido is definitely more complicated than simply turning a switch on or off, so if none of the following tips work for you, talk to your doctor to rule out other underlying conditions, such as a thyroid disorder. 

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1. Add sexually charged superfoods to your diet. As if you needed another reason to eat whole grains, watermelon, red wine, raspberries, and avocados, these foods are high in nutrients such as vitamin E, zinc, B-complex vitamins, and essential fatty acids, all of which have been proven to increase blood flow and boost libido. 

2. Power down your laptop. We promise that cute cat video will be there tomorrow, but being constantly glued to your laptop, tablet, or iPhone is a total mood-killer, especially when you're trying to answer emails from your boss while simultaneously trying to feel sexy. 

3. Explore your turn-ons. Forget the porn of the past. The growing popularity of feminist porn and porn made specifically for women means that there are more and better options than ever. Even if you don't think of yourself as someone who typically watches racy videos, watching by yourself or with your partner can help you explore your fantasies, discover what really turns you on (or what doesn't), and help you and your guy learn more about each other and become more intimate both in and out of the bedroom. 

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