Mar 272007
 

Time to hike up your skirts, ladies. Here comes Intrinsa! The first sex-treatment of its kind, Intrinsa is a drug that increases women’s libidos. BBC News, The Telegraph, Nerve Scanner and a bunch of other folks are talking about it. So, yep, Intrinsa may be coming to a drugstore near you, but what the hell is it? Basically, it’s a sex-treatment patch that you stick to your skin. You need a prescription to get the patch, and you have to change it twice a week. Assuming that you do that, your sex drive is supposed to increase. And, how exactly does Intrinsa make that happen? Well, it slowly releases testosterone directly into your blood stream. “Excuse me, Funky Brown Chick,” you might interrupt me and ask, “did you say testosterone?” Yep. Testosterone: the hormone that makes people grow facial hair and develop deep voices. Folks, you are hereby forewarned. Pretty soon, hairy women with mustaches may run through the streets of New York City screaming “FUCK ME NOW!!!” while chasing anything and everything that moves.

At any rate, it may be worth it to mention that, although Intrinsa was all over British media yesterday, it would be somewhat of a misnomer to call it a new drug. Intrinsa has been hanging around, albeit slightly under the radar, for a couple of years now. In 2004, BusinessWeek asked, Can Intrinsa Be a Viagra for Women? At that time, the answer was a resounding hell no. The FDA Intrinsa Advisory Committee blocked the drug’s release due to associated breast cancer risks discovered during clinical trials. (Wanna know more? Click here to listen to the archived segment on NPR.)

But, that was then and this is now. And, Intrinsa is back. One patch at time, it’s set to boost the sex drives of the women who need it (and can afford it). It’s already on the market in Germany and France. It hits the UK this week. And, one can only assume that it will eventually be available in the US as well. So, while we may soon be able to buy the drug, the question is: should we? Absolutely not. It’s unnecessary. I’m not a fan of big pharma, and I think sex drive is predominantly psychologically, not physically, determined. But, perhaps most importantly, I’m not convinced that women have lower sex drives than men anyway. That is, after all, the purpose of the drug. To increase women’s sex drive. Hmmm … So, now you’ve heard my humble & completely non-medical opinion. It’s your turn. Please feel free to use the “comments” link below to share your opinion on women’s sex drives compared to men’s, sex drugs / treatment or any other topic related to sex and medicine.

  16 Responses to “Intrinsa Wants to Make Women Horny”

  1. Okay. Hormones make cells grow. Cell growth has to be carefully regulated otherwise everything goes tits up. Therefore hormone (the natural stuff) release in our body is under very tight regulation by the brain. Add extra hormones to the system and you really don’t know what’s going to happen. Hormones also have longer lasting effects than say nerve impluses, so there is also the possibility of long term effects from using this. If I had to hazard a guess, I’d say there is a very very real risk of cancer.

    Not to mention <i>ugly hairy women with mustaches may run through the streets of New York City screaming “FUCK ME NOW!!!” while chasing anything and everything that moves </i>. Gotta love that!

  2. If women need to loosen up, I suggest getting a buzz, not drunk, just a buzz.

  3. Just ask Anna Nicole about big Pharma….

    right, you can’t because she’s DEAD….

    Stay well and informed by funky brown diva….. mwah!

  4. I don’t know if it would help or not but I don’t think it is too far out of the realm of possibility that a pill would help women that have low drive increase their sexual pleasure. It is interesting none the less and like everything it has pros/cons. I think it is always great to be informed of options available :)

  5. Darwin: Oooh! I love it that you actually know all the technical / biological stuff with hormones. :-)

    ChiGirl: My thoughts exactly!

    tonito bandito: Sad, but totally true!

    Felicia: Yeah, it’s always good to know the different options.

  6. I’ve never ever had a problem with my libido.. I’m not mustachy though it’s like I’m on the drug on a daily basis, naturally! LOL And if I had problems in this area I’d never take any s*** and men shouldn’t as well. I totally agree with Darwin. I hope that this will be well regulated in the sense that stupid women won’t be able to get this so easily.

  7. By coincidence, I came across this article today about an alleged rise in “sexless marriages”:

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17819304/

    Whether this is true or mere fearmongering, I have no idea.

  8. Nat: It will be interesting to see how the whole thing unfolds.

    John: Great article. THANKS for that link! It reminds me of something that “The Great Sex Secret” author Kim Marshall said when I had him as a guest on Dating Roadkill. I said something like, “yeah, one of the difficult things about being single is that you don’t get sex on a regular basis.” And, he responded with something like, “It’s not just single people. A lot of married people don’t have sex on a regular basis; there’s a lot of sexless marriages out there.” Profound. I’d never really thought of it that way before.

  9. I’m not a fan of big pharma, and I think sex drive is predominantly psychologically — not physically — determined.

    Hmmm, it’s a two-way street, not? Psychological processes determine physical/chemical processes and v.v. Breaking a pattern/vicious circle of failure to launch/lubricate with a little pill/patch IMHO beats years of therapy anytime (or IS therapy).

    Speaking of vicious circles (and possibly sexless marriages)… I find that the more you ‘do’ it, the more you want it, etc. etc. It really compares to having a gym in your building vs. one 30 mins away… (“nah… American Idol is on tonight, I’ll just go go tomorrow…”)

    I’ve been tempted to visit different gyms in the past, dreamt of the shiny equipment, new classes, different trainers, super-hot… showers… but alas I can’t, that would be cheating on my old one. :D

  10. You *know* you want to go to the gym. ;-)

  11. If you think it is all in womens heads that there is a sexual disconnect after menopause, or after hysterectomies, please think again. The ovaries produce testosterone, after menopause this drops to almost nil. In women who have had hysterectomies, well……they usually do not keep their ovaries, and those that do, only 50% of those women have fully functioning ovaries.

    Try being 30, with no sex drive. It does not exist. It is not mental, it is not psychological, it is purely nothing other than a complete disconnect in the body. It sucks, and the medical community has proven time and time again that testosterone is the factor. The reason P&G put it in the patch form was to lower the risk of heart disease, hair growth, acne, etc. It lower the amount of testosterone that was running free in the womans body dramatically, vs. taking it in pill form.

    Again, if you think it is “all in their heads”, please think again. One day, it might be you in their shoes.

  12. Heeeeeeeey, do you work for big pharma?!?!?!?!?! ;-)

    Okay, on a more serious note, point taken. I’m sure that there are some women (and men) who genuinely experience low libidos. I’m not saying that it’s “all in their heads” meaning, you know, “imagined”. I’m just saying that, in general, when it comes to matters of the body, I’m not a fan of big pharma and I think most maladies can be rectified without doping.

    If I have a slight headache, I drink more water instead of taking aspirin. If I’m feeling depressed, I call a friend (or see a therapist) or go for a run instead of popping prozac. If I’m not feeling in the mood, I tell the guy, “no, baby, not like that … like THIS. Touch / kiss / lick me here.”

    Besides, I think the big pharma thing is a vicious cycle. A bunch of folks are on anti-depressants. What’s one of the side effects? Low libido. What can you take to cure that? Instrinsa. So, it’s like pill A kills your libido, but you can take pill B to rectify that. None of this stuff has been around long enough to know the long-term side effects. And, I’m just *not* convinced that any of this is healthy for anyone.

    And, not to mention … I know that I’m slightly fatphobic but, hell, I’m gonna say this anyway … I think sex feels best when you love the way that your body looks naked. Low libido? Lose 10 pounds, buy sexier clothes and wear a bit of makeup.

    Having said that, I do realize that the anti-pharma stuff has limits. If I were to be diagnosed with HIV, cancer or something else pretty major, I would *certainly* seek out a bit more help than a glass or water, a run in Central Park and a new shade of lipstick. And, who knows? If I were a 60-year old woman with a boyfriend who was 20 years my junior & he had a kickass libido but I didn’t, I might be singing a different tune. Somehow, I doubt it. But, you never know, I could be wrong.

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  14. Do you work for big pharma, too?!?!? :) Sorry, babes, but I had to delete the shameless plug. We don’t do that kind of thing around here.

  15. FBC, I think you’re being too principled/stubborn (perhaps a little naive?) here.

    After years of being anti-anything-that-affects- my-brain-that-is-not-natural I was ‘turned’ when the symptoms of my ADHD –diagnosed 20+ years and 3 jobs late– were resolved in 2 hours with a little pill.

    The only thing I can compare it to is my first pair of glasses. “Oh… so THIS is how other people see the world.”

    Like that ‘once you go black…’ thing, I can no longer imagine my life without it. Non-pharma alternatives would never give me the quality of life I enjoy today.

  16. So, wait, if I understand you correctly, the take-away here is that you can’t live without black women? ;-)

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