Mademoiselle - September 1999

Female sexual dysfunction has been long overlooked by the medical community, and one of the beneficial outcomes of the Viagra craze will be increased attention to this often-troubling problem for women. In fact, compared with other important aspects of health and well being, relatively little is known about the sexual disorders of women and their treatment. I have prescribed Viagra for women on a limited basis, and I am encouraged by the early results. Viagra is particularly helpful for post-menopausal women in increasing arousal, vaginal lubrication and sensation. In younger women who have difficulty achieving orgasm, the drug also seems to increase sensitivity, but its unclear whether that will result in better, more or quicker orgasms. I am also aware of many gynecologists that are excited about exploring the use of Viagra.