If the thought of having sex with your partner is about as exciting as watching paint dry, what can you do?
If you're a man, you can take testosterone to boost your libido. If "hydraulics" is the problem, you might take a drug for erectile dysfunction like Viagara which has some influence on desire, as well.
What can you do if you're a women with a waning sex drive? Not much, but that's about to change. Dutch inventor, Adriaan Tuiten, hopes to win FDA approval of two new drugs, Lybrido and Lybridos, to treat women with low sexual desire. If approved, they could be available by 2016.
"Lybrido and Lybridos contain two active chemicals, timed so that their effects converge. Each drug tampers with the interplay between serotonin and dopamine, giving dopamine, carrier of lust, a temporary edge. Both drugs have a peppermint-flavored testosterone coating that melts in the mouth. When the exterior is gone, the woman swallows a delayed-release inner tablet. In Lybrido, this inner pill is a close cousin of Viagra. The idea is that the Viagra-like molecule, by making extra blood flow to the genitals and adding to swelling and sensation, will work in conjunction with the testosterone. Together they will stir the mind to be more aware of erotic impulses; together they will help spark dopamine networks. Lybridos uses a compound called buspirone instead of the Viagra-like substance. Buspirone was originally used as an anti-anxiety medication, and if taken every day it can elevate serotonin in the brain. But as long as it’s taken no more than every other day, it has a unique short-term effect: for a few hours, serotonin is suppressed."
How do you feel about a drug that can boost a woman's libido? Does this make you glad?......
"Perhaps the fantasy that so many of us harbor, consciously or not, in the early days of our relationships, that we have found a soul mate who will offer us both security and passion, till death do us part, will soon be available with the aid of a pill."
Do you resent a culture that treats everything with a pill: low libido, obesity, hyperactivity, depression...
Do you agree with one reader's comment: "The culture has decided we're all supposed to feel hot monkey lust all the time, no matter what the circumstances are in our lives. We aren't given to accepting that perhaps certain phases of our lives have passed, permanently or temporarily, and it might be time to focus on other things: art, health, being outdoors more, whatever...."