Sex Drug for Women Being Tested

Viagra-like treatment aims to boost female libido, drive
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 2, 2008 7:09 PM CST

(Newser) – The University of Virginia is set to become the latest institution to test a drug designed to boost the sex drive of women, the AP reports. LibiGel is a testosterone-laden ointment the patient rubs into her skin to increase energy and libido. Decreased sex drive is believed to affect one-third of American women.

"A lot of women have this problem, but unfortunately they've been largely ignored by pharmaceutical companies," the chief of drug-maker BioSante said. "It's not fair that women have no drugs, while men have many." A UVa doctor says that the drug works better than previous testosterone treatments and that she expects it to work for most recipients.