Loss of Libido in Women and Intinsa’s Solution
When a woman is sexually aroused, the body produces vaginal lubrication naturally. It is an involuntary process, much like erection in men. However, some women are unable to secrete the vaginal lubrication during sexual arousal or activity and this condition is called as Female Sexual Dysfunction. There may be a number of reasons for this condition, both involving psychological and physiological reasons. The problem may be since childhood or recently acquired. It can be concentrated to one the spouse but completely absent with another part.
Thus, there are a lot of reasons for this and a proper diagnosis is perhaps the most important step in treating Female Sexual Dysfunction. It is mostly characterized by the persistent inability of a female to attain (or maintain) an adequate lubrication upon being sexually aroused. The most common reasons are related to relationship problems, such as lack of sexual desire towards a given partner, physical factors such as circulatory problems or neurological disorders contribute in a significant way to this problem. HSDD (Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder) is a type of sexual dysfunction which is characterized by an individual’s lack of sexual desire or sexual fantasies for a given period of time. It is not a physiological condition (mostly) and individual factors are usually responsible for it.
There are various types of HSDD, such as a general lack of sexual desire. Situational is concentrated toward one particular spouse, it may be completely absent for another partner (Thus Female Sexual Dysfunction and HSDD are similar in this respect). HSDD is life-long (in many cases) where the individual has no sexual desire or fantasies throughout his entire life. HSDD is mostly characterized as a psychological disorder and even the treatment focused on it are based on therapy, such as talking to that person about relationship and helping increase sexual interest. Female Sexual Dysfunction is usually physiological (though not fully), but HSDD is usually psychological – the individual loses interest in sexual activities. Some people argue that Female Sexual Dysfunction and HSDD are not a disease in the true sense and are just a marketing trick to lure people into buying the drugs that cure them. However, this is not always true. A variety of treatments exist for both of these problems, the most common one being the testosterone patch Intrinsa.
Intrinsa’s Progress in the Market
Intrinsa is a testosterone patch developed by P & G (Procter & Gamble), which is designed to treat Female Sexual Dysfunction and its other forms. Since FSD covers problems with low sexual desire, achieving orgasm and genital pains, the basic aim of Intrinsa is to increase libido in women. Intrinsa functions by releasing the male hormone testosterone (which is already present in women) in the blood stream. As mentioned, women already have naturally occurring testosterone, but the level of the hormone decreases with age or after menopause. Intrinsa increases the level of the hormone and is systematic and thus needs to be applied over some period of time to see noticeable effects. The patch which is very small in size, about that of an egg, is worn below the navel. Women who used Intrinsa had an increase in their sexual activity levels. Therapy may work in most cases related to HSDD but in problems related to Female Sexual Dysfunction, hormonal methods such as inducing Intrinsa work most effectively. The most important step is to clear differentiate between the above two, since the method of administering the solution varies.
- Written by:
- Sandy Major