Patricia Bearnson, M.D.

Sexual Medicine & Menopause Center

What is female Sildenafil

The basis of the female Viagra is Sildenafil Citrate. A potent remedy famous for its use in the well-known blue pills for men. Its impressive results in the therapy of male sexual dysfunction made the scientists come up with an opinion of Sildenafil application in the treatment of female sexual problems.

As the action of the drug in women is not yet 100% clear and needs further studies, female Viagra is not approved by the FDA. Nevertheless, it shows to be very effective in clinical trials and women who have already tried it are absolutely satisfied with the results.

What is the mechanism of action of Viagra for women?

The drug is better to be taken at least 40-60 minutes prior to the anticipated sexual intercourse. Getting into the stomach, it is absorbed in the blood flow. The peak of the preparation’s effectiveness comes after an hour after the intake. Yet you should take into account that this process may take significantly longer if you’ve taken the pill with a fatty meal. Women can enjoy the effects of Viagra for 4-6 hours.

Sildenafil Citrate works by stimulating the release of nitric oxide, which helps to widen the blood vessels and thus increase the inflow of blood to the female sex organs. Thanks to this, the sensitivity and response to sexual stimulation improve.

Taking Viagra for women, you may wait for:

  • An increase in natural lubricant secretion in the intimate zone;
  • Stronger and brighter orgasms;
  • High clitoral sensitivity;
  • Absence of problems with reaching the climax;
  • Increased duration of orgasmic sensations;
  • High sex drive;
  • Diminishing of discomfort and pain sensations during sex.

And, of course, the general improvement in the quality of your intimate life won’t make you wait.

Possible side effects

The use of female Viagra rarely causes any serious health problems in women. However, no one can exclude the possibility of the appearance of some negative reactions to the drug. The reactions to the drug may differ depending on the dose and the personal tolerance of the female patient. Among the most frequently experienced reactions to Sildenafil in women are:

  • Headaches;
  • Nasal stuffiness;
  • Weakness or increased tiredness;
  • Diarrhea;
  • Redness of the face and upper body.

Such sensations don’t usually last long. They disappear within several hours after the effect of the drug has finished. However, you can consult with a specialist if the symptoms persist or get worse.

There’s also a tiny probability that you may feel some worse adverse effects, like:

  • Stomach pain;
  • Muscle ache;
  • Nausea;
  • Low blood pressure;
  • Visual disturbances (double vision, blurred vision).

All these symptoms need a doctor’s attention. So, you’d better visit your healthcare provider.

What is the right dosing regimen?

Female Viagra is manufactured in the form of diamond-shaped, pink, film-coated tablets. They exist in three dosage strengths: 25mg, 50mg, and 100mg.

The dosing regimen should be prescribed individually by a medical professional. The recommended dose of Sildenafil Citrate depends on the severity of the sexual dysfunction, woman’s personal sensitivity to the drug, and her overall health condition. The average starting dose is 50mg of Sildenafil Citrate each time you are going to have sexual relations.

Depending on the body’s response to the remedy, the dose may be either lowered to 25mg or risen to 100mg. Make sure there’s a 24-hour gap between the intakes to avoid an overdose.