Since its introduction in the late 1990s by the pharmaceutical company Pfizer, Inc., Viagra, a pill used to allow erectile ability in persons experiencing erectile dysfunction, has been an overnight medical phenomenon. This drug which contains Sildenafil allows a person to have an erection by enhancing the natural process that leads to a penile erection.
When sexually aroused, specific tissues in the penis begin to relax allowing for an increased blood flow into the penis and once fully inflated, it becomes erected. Viagra helps this natural process by increasing the amount of the chemical that allows the tissues to relax and improves the level of blood flow into the penis.
Although it was originally tested for men and used to remedy male erectile dysfunction, recent studies, especially those undertaken by Centre for Sexological Research in the University of Catania in Italy, shows that Viagra might also help women who are probably experiencing a similar case of sexual dysfunction, that of the inability of women to achieve enough sexual excitement or to maintain sexual arousal during sexual intercourse. This recent development contradicts earlier studies that concluded that the drug resulted in little improvement among women who took the drug.
Recent studies shows that in the same way that the occurrence of sexual dysfunction is higher among women than among men, use of Viagra by women can help improve chances of sexual arousal and the ability to reach orgasm. In men, Viagra works by improving blood flow to the penis. Since the penis and the clitoris are parallel genital organs, the clitoris can be stimulated the same way the penis achieves erection especially since an erect clitoris is important in achieving female orgasm.
But conclusive studies on the use of Viagra among women still have a long way to go. While continued use of Viagra has make significant improvements of genital lubrication, female orgasm and clitoral sensation even among postmenopausal women, several of them also reported clitoral discomfort and hypersensivity in the female genitalia resulting in little significant improvement in the sexual function. One specific problem, for example is pelvic congestion which is analogous to a painful prolonged erection among men and a common side effect in some men taking Viagra. Despite this however, prospects for female use of Viagra remain promising as ways to reduce side effects are now being explored in order to heighten the sexual ability of women.
The use of Viagra among women however remains controversial. Those who are against female use of Viagra believes that women are not only physiological different but also psychological unlike men in their sexuality considering that what mean want and desire and what feels good to them are different from what men want and desire. Female sexuality is considered to be a lot more complex than the male sexual system.
Earlier in 2006, Pfizer, the make of Viagra, announced that it was ending its research on the use of Viagra among women. But this did not prevent other research institutes from pursuing studies on use of Viagra among women and other means to heighten the experience of sexual pleasure among woman.