Osphena - Viagra for Women

The race for the 'pink viagra' finally has a winner! Osphena, as the recently FDA-approved drug is called, is the newest answer for painful sex. Osphena has been approved for vaginal dryness and painful intercourse as a result of vaginal atrophy that occurs with menopause.

Libido in women takes a huge dive during menopause. One of the culprits for this is vaginal dryness that may result in uncomfortable sex. Ospemifene (Osphena) has just been approved based on studies that showed it is effective and well-tolerated for the treatment of the symptoms of vaginal dryness and dyspareunia (painful intercourse) over and above the use of lubricants. Osphena is a pill that acts as an estrogen agonist/antagonist and it's an alternative to vaginal or oral estrogens.

Osphena "is a milestone in women's menopause therapies," says Margery Gass, a practicing gynecologist in Cleveland and executive director of the North American Menopause Society, which lists the drug's manufacturer among its corporate liaison council. "It's really good to have ... options for women at this point in life."

Like most medications, there are some side effects.The use of Osphena can stimulate the endometrium (lining of the uterus), which increases the risk of endometrial cancer because of the effects of unopposed estrogen. Adding a progestin to estrogen therapy can reduce this risk.