Viagra for women and men: the sexual revolution of the 2000s

Discovered by chance in the 2000s, Viagra improves erectile dysfunction. At the root of a real sexual revolution, he changed the lives of many men and triggered a movement for women who, too, asked for a little pill to awaken their libido.

Twenty years ago, while trying to develop a new drug for high blood pressure and angina pectoris, the US laboratory Pfizer realizes an unexpected side effect: their drug provides long-lasting erections of good quality. Viagra is born. He walks in many erectile disorders and becomes the trigger of a sexual revolution, for men of course, but also for women.

Immediate success

On March 27, 1998, Pfizer launched a real "sex bomb" on the French market. Viagra enjoys a particularly effective promotion, including in the mainstream press, where the commercial name, being banned from promotion, becomes the "little blue pill". Immediate success: word of mouth, both among doctors and men "down", does the rest. More than 37 million men around the world have already used Viagra and 65 million prescriptions have been prescribed. The price of the tablet quickly rose up to 50 dollars (40 euros) before going down with the release of generic drugs: Viagra is now called sildenafil citrate!

Erection problems, a taboo subject

A man over 40 years out of 3 would be affected by erectile dysfunction. One in five ends up consulting a doctor, often on the incentive of the partner. Erection disorders, in a large part of the cases, are linked to the aging of the body: stress, fatigue, overwork, high blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes or depression are very often accompanied by erectile dysfunction, by deterioration. vessels. Rest assured, there are solutions that do not alter the treatment of these diseases.

Medications such as Viagra reinforce the virtuous circle of successful sexual intercourse, which makes you want to have another one and finally restores self-confidence. But in some cases, Viagra does not improve men's satisfaction. Researchers from the University of Manchester (UK) published a study in theInternational Journal of Impotence Research in 2015, arguing that older men who use these treatments are, instead, more worried about their sex lives.

The biggest consumers of Viagra in France

The French do not all have the same consumption of Viagra, according to an interactive map published in 2014 on the Telegram website. According to a survey carried out by Celtipharm, a specialist in the analysis of health data, at the regional level, the Corsicans are the biggest consumers of Viagra in metropolitan France, ahead of Alsace, the Ile de France, France, PACA region and Franche-Comté. The last region of the ranking is Limousin, followed by Auvergne and Picardy.

And for women?

A sexual revolution has been launched by Viagra, but not only for men. Quickly, the women asked for her "equivalent" to stoke the desire. The first "Female Viagra" has finally obtained from the US drug agency, the FDA, a marketing authorization at the end of 2015.

This small pink pill, containing flibanserin, is marketed under the name of Addyi. Unlike male Viagra, which acts on the genital organ to promote erection without stimulating its desire, flibanserin only acts on the brain, the conductor of desire. According to several studies, nearly 40% of premenopausal women suffer from a lack of sexual desire. By limiting the secretion of serotonin, flibanserin is supposed to awaken the libido in women, but the mechanisms of action are not yet fully known. This little pink pill is a revolutionary medicine that can solve sexual dysfunction. But it is far from being the case. As stated by the FDA, about 10% of women who took Addyi reported an improvement in their sexual intercourse and desire compared to women on placebo.

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