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Drug Improves Women's Sexual Desire

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She points to the "placebo effect" that comes with studies like this: just being part of such a study sometimes increases sexual desire. "But they didn't have a group that got just the placebo the whole time, so we don't know."

"I am skeptical that 40% were satisfied with their sexual desire," she tells WebMD. "If that's really true, that's incredible ... but I do believe that for a certain percentage, it may make a big difference. ... They need to have more studies with different ages of women separated, to see what happens.

Despite the drug study's promising findings, Hanfling says, psychotherapy for sexual dysfunction should not be overlooked. "I think that couples sex therapy can be quite effective for low desire in certain instances where the cause doesn't seem to be physiological," she says.

Some of the researchers involved in the Wellbutrin study were from the drug manufacturers Parke-Davis and Glaxo Wellcome.

 

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