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FDA Committees to Discuss Female Sex Health

Two committees of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will meet on June 4th to discuss flibanserin, a drug designed to treat low libido in women.

The drug has been submitted for FDA approval twice before, but has been denied each time because of safety concerns. The FDA also questions how effective the drug is. 

Developed by Sprout Pharmaceuticals, flibanserin is intended for premenopausal women with hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD). This condition is marked by a chronic lack of interest in sex accompanied by emotional distress.

More details on this week's meeting are available here

When a Child is Intersex

Intersex conditions occur when a fetus develops differently from a typical male or female. Boys may be born without a penis, girls without a fully developed vagina. Sometimes, intersex babies have both male and female characteristics.

Parenting an intersex child has some challenges. In our latest blog post, we discuss different types of intersex conditions, how they happen, and points to consider for children and for families. We also provide some links for further information.

Click here for more details. 

Did You Know?

Some men and women find that injections to the penis or vagina enhances their sexual pleasure. How do these shots work? Are they safe? 

Many men with low testosterone also have symptoms of depression. What can they do? 

Pros and Cons of ED Drugs

Are you having trouble choosing a medication for erectile dysfunction (ED)?  

A new report published in European Urology may help.

A team of Swiss and Dutch researchers reviewed over 150 studies on seven different ED drugs.

They found that some drugs were more effective than others. And some had a greater risk for side effects. 

For example, 50 mg of sildenafil (the active ingredient in Viagra) seemed to work the best, but also had the highest rate of side effects, such as headache and nasal congestion.

To learn more about this study, please click here

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