Viagra, Levitra, and Cialis all promise a more satisfying love life for men, but what about women who've lost that drive for passion but want to find it again? Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic are testing a new experimental patch for women.
It's applied to the stomach area twice a week. It slowly delivers medication through the skin into the bloodstream. The magic ingredient is a hormone usually associated with men.
"The patch is designed to replace testosterone. Testosterone is one of the three hormones that women's ovaries produce, and it has been demonstrated that as testosterone levels drop, that there is a drop in libido or sex drive," says Dr. Willy Davila of the Cleveland Clinic.
The Cleveland Clinic decided to test the patch after a study by the manufacturer found that women using the patch reported having four times more sex than usual. Bill and Barbara Lovett were part of the initial study, and they agree that with Barbara wearing the patch, they've been more intimate, more often.
"I have more desire. I've become much more sensitive to sexual arousal. Before I had none. Our sex life has become definitely more active," says Barbara Lovett, patch patient.
So far, researchers say they have had no trouble finding volunteers to try the patch. Meanwhile, the FDA has granted the patch priority review. Researchers expect approval by next year. It will be marketed under the brand name "Intrinsa".