Levitra for Women

by on July 13, 2012

Levitra (vardenafil) is a prescription medication approved for treatment of erectile dysfunction or sexual impotence in men. Like other erectile dysfunction medications, Levitra has not been thoroughly evaluated on, nor approved for use by women. As such, it is advised that women should not take this medication unless specifically instructed by a healthcare provider, particularly a gynecologist.

Levitra has been extensively studied on men and is specifically designed for male physiology.  This medication works by blocking the action of a certain enzyme, called phospodiesterase-5 or PDE5, which degrades the compound that regulates erection in men. Levitra does not actually treat erectile dysfunction; it only helps men achieve and sustain an erection. This medication does not instantly cause an erection, nor does it increase sexual desire.

Levitra and Sexual Arousal in Women

Officially, the Food and Drug Administration does not recommend use of Levitra in women and children. But still, many women are curious whether Levitra can help enhance their sexual arousal and satisfaction, as it does in men. This issue remains controversial as there are resources, testimonials, and breakthrough studies that show positive outcome in women who took this medication.

Some studies show that use erectile dysfunction medications, particularly Viagra, in women who suffer from sexual dysfunction may be beneficial. According to these studies, Viagra can help increase blood flow to the genitals, which can make women more sexually aroused and responsive. It is also suggested that use of this medication increases the chances of an orgasm in women. Since Viagra and Levitra are chemically related and works in a very similar way, Levitra may also be effective in women.

Although Levitra may have some benefits in women, the effects are not expected to be as dramatic. This is because sexual satisfaction in women is complex and involves many factors, unlike in men, where an erection is regarded as success. Furthermore, Levitra does not boost sex drive in both men and women.

Until Levitra is approved by the FDA for this purpose, women are advised not to take it without approval of their healthcare provider.

If you have problems with sexual arousal or achieving sexual satisfaction, it is best to consult your healthcare provider. He or she can give you appropriate recommendations on how to effectively manage sexual dysfunction. There are many medications, herbal supplements, and other treatment programs that are specifically intended for treatment of sexual dysfunction in women.