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Female Viagra?

March 25th, 2004
Art Mellor
Boston Cure Project

WebMD has this report on a massage oil that has produced promising results in increasing female sexual arousal in a small study.

The study assessed Zestra's effectiveness in 10 women with female sexual arousal disorder (FSAD) and 10 women without the disorder by surveying them about their sexual satisfaction before and after its use. The researchers looked at changes perceived in the level of arousal, desire, satisfaction with arousal, genital sensation, and ability to have an orgasm. Each woman used Zestra five times and the placebo oil five times, but neither they nor the research team knew which oil they were using until the test was completed.

Women with FSAD reported satisfaction with sexual arousal less than one-third of the time while using the placebo oil, but 85% of the time with Zestra. Women without FSAD reported satisfaction with arousal 73% of the time with the placebo oil and 95% of the time while using Zestra.

Both men and women with MS often have difficulties with sexual arrousal, either due to the MS or to side-effects from medications taken to treat MS symptoms (such as anti-depressants).

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