HSDD (hypoactive sexual desire disorder), is this for real?

    For some reason, I saw an ad for a product in my FB new feed, that is apparently for “HSDD.”  The product sounds much like a Viagra or Cialis for men.

    When reading the “safety information” it sure brings up a lot of questions.  It seems more like the pharmaceutical companies are behind creating “disorders” just so they can sell more product.

    Some interesting information I saw….

    The target is a woman with certain symptoms but in perimenopause….  wouldn’t that point to more of a hormone issue?  So why not treat the root rather than the symptom?

    It “is a prescription medicine used to treat hypoactive (low) sexual desire disorder (HSDD) in (1) women who have not gone through menopause, (2) who have not had problems with low sexual desire in the past, and (3)who have low sexual desire no matter the type of sexual activity, the situation, or the sexual partner. Women with HSDD have (4) low sexual desire that is troubling to them. Their low sexual desire is not due to:

      • (5) a medical or mental health problem
      • (6) problems in the relationship
      • (7) medicine or other drug use”

    (I added the numbers to make each qualification/disqualification stand out. And these do not include the medical issues, like high blood pressure that makes them warn “DO NOT USE”.)

    This would seem to make the women that would “qualify” be in such a minute group.

    Do you know anyone who would fit all of these qualifications?   Is this just another “bandaid”, a quick fix to treat a symptom rather than actually looking or treating a true source of the issue?

    I know that in my husband’s low T journey, we found a doctor who thought it was much better to just treat the obvious symptom (ED), ignoring all the other symptoms that aren’t so obvious of low T, because his numbers were in the “normal” (barely) range, numbers set by insurance companies.

    Does anyone else feel like greed or money, is behind so much of our medical diagnosis’ and treatments?   Grrrr  👿

     

    Other info:

    You are not to use it more than 8 doses within a month.  I guess if a husband is getting much less than that, 8x a month, that probably sounds pretty good.

    It’s not for use to improve sexual performance.

     

     

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      I agree that it sounds like greed.

      Or, it seems like a solution looking for a problem.

      Blanket on a secluded beach! Answered on October 5, 2019.
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        Does anyone else feel like greed or money, is behind so much of our medical diagnosis’ and treatments?   Grrrr  👿

        Yes!!!

        Fell out of ... Answered on October 5, 2019.
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          Their low sexual desire is not due to:

            • (5) a medical or mental health problem
            • (6) problems in the relationship
            • (7) medicine or other drug use”

          This is the only thing that saves it for me. This seems to be saying that in a situation where desire has just suddenly abandoned ship, and you’ve already checked for medical problems, relationship problems, and drug interactions and side effects and everything checks out fine, then this medicine could help.

          That said, I suspect you are right in that the group of women who have checked out fine for all of these common causes of problems and still have low sexual desire is a very very small one.

          On the floor Answered on October 5, 2019.

          This is what makes it sound scary to me.  If they are not sure what’s wrong how is this medicine going to help?  What does it do and how does it increase sexual desire?

          on October 7, 2019.
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            I find it concerning that it showed up in your fb feed.  These sorts of ‘targeted ads’ are so invasive of privacy.

            There was a pharmaceutical commercial that showed repeatedly on TV about a year ago for a drug for people with a specific and rare form of blindness. I thought the same thing as you; why is money being spent to advertise for such a tiny population?

            Hammock Answered on October 6, 2019.
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              From what I’ve heard/read, the female arousal process escapes modern* medicine’s comprehension such that pharmaceuticals are somewhere between snake oil and placebo. With men it’s pretty easy. Fill penis with blood, keep it there. Make sure he doesn’t pass out.

              * I fully expect that in 100 years there will be some aspect of today’s understanding of medicine that humanity will view in the same lens as bloodletting.

              Does anyone else feel like greed or money, is behind so much of our medical diagnosis’ and treatments?

              Sometimes greed, but I feel it’s more like apathy. With all of the tests/treatments Wifey has tried over the last year in fighting fatigue, depression, and anxiety, finding a medical cause feels like docs say “You don’t fit into the mold from a textbook and require additional critical thinking that I don’t do. Take this prescription that doesn’t do anything and drop your copay off at the front desk”.

              Mental health professionals I think want to help so badly but there aren’t any screenings or tests that say “you have X, take Y to feel better”. So that’s just a guess-and-check approach until you find something that works. The last 5 antidepressants she tried gave her barely and benefit and nearly all of the side effects including vivid nightmares multiple times a night and extreme dizziness. Her current one seems to be working better, but the nightmares persist.

              Hammock Answered on October 6, 2019.
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                If its not due to a medical or mental problem (or problems in the relationship or medicine or other drug use) how is a medicine going to fix it?  Sounds like its a fix for “we are not sure what cause” in which case how do you know how it works?  Definitely fishy.  If they could point to x issue with this medicine doing y function to fix that it would make a whole lot more sense.

                California King Answered on October 7, 2019.
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