Sex Pill Surprise: Women Treated With Placebo Reported Improvement
Men have had their little blue pills for years, but some women in search of the same kind of libido boost may simply need to talk about their problems in the bedrooms.
Researchers studying drug treatments for 200 women with sexual dysfunctions say they were surprised to find that 35 percent of the women who were given a placebo -- a sugar pill -- reported significant improvement in their sex lives.
Now, some experts say, the solution may be found in a conversation with a doctor.
Bradford was one of the lead researchers on the study, conducted at Baylor College of Medicine.
Medical surveys show that low sex drive affects nearly 40 percent of women in the United States.
"In the quest to find a medical solution or a magic bullet for women's sexual problems, we may have overlooked some of the basics," Bradford said.
But even getting to those basics isn't easy for women and physicians alike.
"If they don't ask, women won't volunteer or tell," "Good Morning America" medical contributor Dr. Marie Savard said, adding that studies have shown even gynecologists are hesitant to bring up low sex drive with their patients.
"I think it's embarrassing for physicians," she said. "And it takes time."
With men, Savard said, most of their sexual dysfunction can be traced to a physiological problem, which is why Viagra and other erectile dysfunction drugs have worked so well for so many.
"Women, I think, are so much complicated than men," she said. "It'll never be a one size fits all for women."
Raising Awareness about Female Sexual Dysfunction
"All of those things helped raise awareness and gave women more time in the bedroom, which women need," she said.
"But we do know that small studies show they don't work that well," she said of previous attempts to find a magic pill for women.
Indeed, an effective female sexual stimulant has remained elusive. A female version of Viagra was shot down this summer by the Food and Drug Administration.
Zestra, a new arousal oil marketed as a sexual stimulant has recently hit the market, but topical products don't work for everyone.
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