Drug could help women's sex lives
- By: Clare Hughes
Women having problems with their sex life could benefit from a drug that can increase sexual desire and improve lovemaking. Researchers at Concordia University, Canada, found that females given PT-141 solicited sex from males four to five times more often than controls.
James Pfaus, who is carrying out the research on rats, says, “There's nothing yet in the arsenal to target sexual dysfunction in women. I think the impact could be great as a successful adjunct to [psychological] therapy.”
It is estimated that 43% of women suffer from sexual dysfunction, which is often related to problems with arousal, desire, orgasm, or muscle spasms during entry. This new drug is thought to work in women by increasing desire.
PT-141 is sprayed into the nose from where it penetrates cerebral blood vessels. It acts centrally on MC4--a melanocortin receptor subtype--which is known to play a in sexual arousal and appetite. It differs