New £10 female Viagra that boosts women’s sex drives could be available in two years

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A new £10 female Viagra pill that boosts women’s sex drives and gives ‘one extra orgasm a month’ could be available in two years.

The mint-flavoured pink pill, called Lybrido, is said to increase a woman’s desire for sex, and make it more satisfying when it happens. 

It uses a combination of testosterone and a Viagra-like drug, which work on both the brain and body to boost flagging libido.

The pills have been tested on 940 women who filled in an online diary after sex and could soon be available to the public.

With worldwide sales of Viagra at around £1.5billion a year, scientists have long tried to create a version for the female market.

But previous attempts have failed to make the grade, because low female libido often stems from psychological as much as physical factors.

Dutch firm Emotional Brain believes it has cracked the problem with a two-in-one pill, which should be taken three and a half hours before sex.

Smaller than an aspirin, it contains a Viagra-like drug in a testosterone and mint coating. Separately, neither drug can lift flagging female libido but, together, they are said to provide the necessary boost.

The physical effect of Viagra magnifies the effect of testosterone on the brain’s pleasure centres. 

Speaking to The Sun, Adriaan Tuiten, of maker Emotional Brain, hopes the treatment will ‘break taboos’ and allow ‘women to take charge of their bodies’.

And Dutch researcher Prof Eric Claassen said: ‘A lot of women are really unhappy. There is an enormous unmet need.’

Dr Tuiten began researching female emotion after a girlfriend broke his heart when he was in his 20s.

He said that with the drug, women made love more often and were more likely to reach orgasm. But some suffered side-effects including headaches and flushing of the face or neck.

Dr Tuiten believes the pills will be most popular with long-married women, for whom sex may have become a bore. 

But some doctors have warned the pills may be a little too much in demand.

Dr Andrew Goldstein, a US expert in female sexual health, said after an earlier study Dr Tuiten carried out that drug companies such as Emotional Brain will be under pressure to prove they are not turning women into nymphomaniacs.

Some experts fear Lybrido will put women under pressure to perform, while others are sceptical about whether the pills can boost female sex drive. They point out that a tablet is not going to fix a broken relationship or ease the stresses of work and childcare.

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