Sex

Hello, pink Viagra

That’s right, finally a new drug claims to cure painful sex, for women.

With Viagra (and lots of other similar drugs) readily available for guys that need some help in the bedroom, have you ever wondered where the heck the female version is? Because let's be honest there are times when sex is just, well, painful. Enter Osphena, a med that's being labelled Viagra for ladies. About time we say.

Osphena is a hormone-mimicking pill designed to help women suffering dyspareunia (sounds scary, right!), which basically means sore and uncomfortable sex. A recent study carried out by the University of California proved that estrogen is the main factor in boosting women’s sex drive, so a lack of it can do seriously bad things to your desire levels. And while this problem occurs most commonly in post-menopausal women - who have stopped producing estrogen and progesterone - younger ladies (yes, us twentysomethings) can really suffer from it too.

People with dyspareunia have a really thin vaginal lining that can’t lube up on its own, resulting in burning, dryness and cracking. Obviously this doesn’t equal good sex and can mean getting hot ‘n’ heavy is just plain excruciating.

So you can see why something that combats this serious problem is being welcomed with very, very open arms - it’s being touted as a massive step forward in the development of sexual prescriptive meds for ladies. And it has been approved by the FDA, so in theory loads of women will be having a lot better sex very soon.

But there are some haters out there, with people questioning if this pill is really needed or if it is just another way for drug companies to make a buck out of women’s ladypart pains. The fear is that while many women have symptoms of dyspareunia, there are lots of other reasons why your body might not be reacting “normally” to sexual situations – you might be stressed, worried and anxious etc. And these things are more about talking it out and getting to the root of the problem, rather than medicating yourself.

So how do you know what to do if you are suffering? Talk to your doctor and make sure you have all the facts before you agree to start taking anything. But if you are victim of dyspareunia then take heart because help is on its way!