When women hop into bed, whether alone or with a partner, reaching the big O may be a fleeting phenomenon. Luckily, researchers are currently developing a solution to sexual impotency that may only require a few quick inhales. Tefina is a testosterone nasal spray, designed by Trimel Pharmaceuticals, that aims to heighten sexual arousal by dilating blood vessels “down there.”
Why It Matters
Having trouble orgasming is a medical condition called “female orgasmic disorder,” or FOD, and may affect up to (ready?) 41 percent of females around the globe Female+orgasmic+disorder.+Rellini,+A.H.,+Clifton,+J.+Department+of+Psychology,+University+of+Vermont,+Burlington,+VT.+Advances+in+Psychosomatic+Medicine,+2011;31:35-56.+Epub+2011+Oct+10.... Yikes. And this isn’t just a matter of physical pleasure: FOD can have a significant impact on women’s mental health, affecting relationship satisfaction, quality of life, and overall well-being Female+orgasmic+disorder.+Rellini,+A.H.,+Clifton,+J.+Department+of+Psychology,+University+of+Vermont,+Burlington,+VT.+Advances+in+Psychosomatic+Medicine,+2011;31:35-56.+Epub+2011+Oct+10..
Yet, the trouble with Tefina is there’s scientific discrepancy regarding why women have trouble orgasming, and if it can be fixed by a simple trip to the pharmacy. A number of researchers suggest a link between sexual dysfunction and poor communication between couples, some blame genetics, while others see orgasm rates independent of genetics and varying social factors like social class, number of sexual partners, and libido Behavioral+assessment+of+couples'+communication+in+female+orgasmic+disorder.+Kelly,+M.P.,+Strassberg,+D.S.,+Turner,+C.M.+Department+of+Psychology,+University+of+Utah,+Salt+Lake+City.+Journal+of+Sex+and+Marital+Theory,+2006+Mar-Apr;32(2):81-95. Assessment+and+management+of+women's+sexual+dysfunctions:+problematic+desire+and+arousal.+Basson,+R.,+Brotto,+L.A.,+Laan,+E.,+et+al.+UBC+Department+of+Psychiatry,+B.C.+Centre+for+Sexual+Medicine,+Vancouver,+BC,+Canada.+Journal+of+Sexual+Medicine,+2005+May;2(3):291-300. Genetic+influences+on+variation+in+female+orgasmic+function:+a+twin+study.+Dunn,+K.M+,+Cherkas,+L.F.,+Spector,+T.D.+Biology+Letters,+2005+September+22; 1(3):+260–263. Female+orgasm+rates+are+largely+independent+of+other+traits:+implications+for+"female+orgasmic+disorder"+and+evolutionary+theories+of+orgasm.+Zietsch,+B.P.,+Miller,+G.F.,+Bailye,+J.M.,+et+al.+School+of+Psychology,+University+of+Queensland,+Brisbane,+Australia.+Journal+of+Sexual+Medicine,+2011+Aug;8(8):2305-16.+doi:+10.1111/j.1743-6109.2011.02300.x.+Epub+2011+May+13.. And then there’s the camp that says FOD is not even a real disorder.
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Is It Legit?
The idea to develop a drug that helps women orgasm is causing some controversy. Certain publications are jumping for joy at the possibility of the “female Viagra” hitting shelves, while others assert Tefina is simply a pharmaceutical marketing ploy that looks past the real problems of impotency +A+general+look+at+female+orgasm+and+anorgasmia.+Redelman,+M.+Sydney+Centre+for+Sexual+and+Relationship+Therapy,+Bondi+Junction,+NSW+2022,+Australia.+Sexual+Health,+2006+Sep;3(3):143-53. Tefina isn’t the first drug developed to give women a (tender) hand, too. The Intrinsa testosterone patch made an appearance in Europe back in 2009, but was deemed unsafe and was not approved by the FDA Drug+utilization+of+Intrinsa+(testosterone+patch)+in+England:+interim+analysis+of+a+prescription-event+monitoring+study+to+support+risk+management.+Osborne,+V.,+Hazell,+L.,+Layton,+D.,+et+al.+Drug+Safety+Research+Unit,+Bursledon+Hall,+Southampton,+UK.+Drug+Safety,+2010+Mar+1;33(3):213-21..
Dr. Susan Davis, the lead researcher behind the drug, said that Tefina has had a 60 percent success rate among trial users (although “success” may be tough to measure; perhaps it was just really damn good sex?). Health Canada has approved the second round of Tefina’s clinical trials, but it’ll be a few years before Tefina will officially hit shelves, if it even makes it that far. So until then, ladies — rest assured that it’s completely normal to have trouble climaxing, and know that it doesn’t hurt to keep trying.
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