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Published November 03, 2012, 11:30 PM

Hot Topics: Female ‘Viagra’ nasal spray ready for trials

A clinical trial is about to get under way in Australia, Canada and other parts of the world to test a new female ‘sex drive’ drug that could increase the libido of women suffering from “female orgasmic disorder.”

By: Source: Gawker’s “io9” blog, INFORUM

A clinical trial is about to get under way in Australia, Canada and other parts of the world to test a new female ‘sex drive’ drug that could increase the libido of women suffering from “female orgasmic disorder.”

Called Tefina, it’s a testosterone gel that is sprayed up the nose about an hour before a sexual encounter. The developers say the drug could boost female sexual arousal and satisfaction.

Tefina, which has been dubbed the “female Viagra,” isn’t without its critics. While some see it as an important development – one that can help women to better control their libido – others see it as a solution to a fictional problem.

Fertility expert Dr. Ric Gordon noted that, “Men use sex to de-stress and women need to be de-stressed to have sex, so that’s a very complex emotional issue.”

Critics like Gordon are concerned that the real reasons behind a woman’s low sex drive are being overlooked, and that elements of female sexuality are being co-opted and pathologized by commercial interests.

And indeed, given the success of Viagra, the company that’s developing Tefina, Trimel Pharmaceuticals, have jumped on the opportunity. They’re hoping that their product will help some women to overcome their female orgasmic disorder.

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