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PostPosted: Thu Oct 30, 2008 1:49 pm 
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From The Times
October 25, 2008
10 things to know before buying a vibrator

Should it be made of glass, rubber or jelly? What do women over 40 need? Here, essential (and amusing) knowledge

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1. In 1883 Joseph Mortimer Granville, a British doctor, patented the first electromechanical vibrator. It was sold as a cure for "hysteria", a condition with familiar symptoms, such as rapid heart rate, sexual fantasies, pelvic heaviness, vaginal lubrication, impulse purchasing, etc.

2. When portable "massagers" began starring in Thirties porn films, vibrators were branded immoral. They didn't reappear until the Sixties, long after the announcement by the American Medical Association in 1952 that "hysteria" was not a clinical diagnosis but a female orgasm.

3. In 1998 the Rabbit vibrator made an appearance on Sex and The City and subsequently became, and still is, the world's bestselling sex toy.

4. In 1999 the sex shop chain Ann Summers launched online and sold one million vibrators in the UK in the first year.

5. For obvious reasons you can't try "before you buy", but you can watch product demos on www.lovehoney.co.uk/sex-toys-tv , and read user reviews at www.lovehoney.co.uk/ orgasmarmy .

6. Because they are classed as "novelty" items, the plastics used in sex toys are largely unregulated. A study in 2000 by Hans Ulrich Krieg, a German chemist, identified ten dangerous chemicals leaching out of European sex toys made of jelly and rubber. Phthalates that are used to soften plastic in vibrators may be linked to cancer and infertility, but reputable retailers and manufacturers voluntarily inform customers about phthalate-free sex toys.

7. If you are concerned about phthalates, have sensitive skin, or are prone to yeast infections, choose elastomer, silicone, or glass toys, or use polyurethane condoms over jelly/rubber sex toys.

8. Women over 40 need more powerful vibrators, according to the psychotherapist Julia Cole, who designed the Emotional Bliss (www.emotionalbliss.co.uk) range. With 6,000 vibrations a minute, the Hitachi Magic Wand (www.loveshackuk.com, £44.95) won't disappoint. Check the intensity of the leading brand vibrators at www.mybodyvibes.com/ guidance/vibrator_intensity.html.

9. Buy the lockable Adult Toybox Sex Toy Case, £24.99, from www.lovehoney.co.uk to keep your vibrator away from prying eyes.

10. Two million sex toys are sold in the UK every year. That's a lot of landfill, so join the Rabbit Amnesty at www.lovehoney.co.uk/rabbit- amnesty. Send them your old Rabbit and they will recycle it, give you a new one half price, and donate £1 to The World Land Trust. Yes!

Source: Times Online UK.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2009 8:02 pm 
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A sex-stimulating patch for women to be introduced
26 March 2007
by Ravi Chopra

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LONDON: A sex stimulant, used as a body patch, and claiming to improve women's libido, is among 20 female sex drugs that are hitting the market in the U.K. this week.

The hormone-based patch, Intrinsa, is placed on the stomach or bottom of a woman and it works by stimulating thoughts about sex, unlike chemical effects of Viagra, the pill that is used in correcting erectile dysfunction in men.

The patch is transparent and releases the male hormone testosterone through the skin into the woman's blood stream. The patch can be obtained only through prescription and is meant for use by women with sexual problems. It needs to be changed twice weekly.

Sex experts say the patch can become quite popular and reach the proportions of a life style drug.

Intrinsa has been developed by Proctor & Gamble and the European Medicines Agency has given it a license. The company said it is not promoting the drug as female equivalent of Viagra. During trials, the drug was found to have led to a 74% increase in satisfying sex. Nearly 500 women had participated in the trials.

In the U.K., Intrinsa will be available on the NHS from April.

Experts claim women having a hysterectomy or those having a premature menopause before the age of 50 can benefit from the drug. Testosterone, when in excess, can lead to problems of the liver and excessive growth of hair. This is one reason why Proctor & Gamble opted for a patch system rather than a pill.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2009 7:17 am 
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Toys that save your sex life

By SIMONE CAVE
Published: 27 Feb 2009

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Bionic build-up ... PelvicToner

THIS strange looking gadget might look like something you"d find in a dodgy sex shop.

But devices like this are actually recommended by medics to tone a woman"s pelvic floor. Used regularly they can tighten up internal muscles which will have a sensational effect on your sex life. Women who have strong pelvic floor muscles are more likely to have stronger, longer orgasms. And their partners will reap the benefits too because the vaginal muscles will be better able to grip.

If you"re young, fit, slim and haven"t had children then your pelvic floor is probably in pretty good shape. But being overweight and giving birth are known to slacken the pelvic floor. Age also has an impact because muscles relax as oestrogen levels decline, which explains why many women run into problems when they hit the menopause.

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The most obvious sign of a problem is bladder weakness and is most likely to occur when you sneeze, laugh, run or jump. But the good news is that you can reverse the damage. The most commonly recommended way to do this is pelvic floor exercises - pulling your muscles inwards and upwards as though you"re trying to stop yourself weeing or passing wind.

Do this several times a day, every day and you"ll see a difference in three to four months says NHS physiotherapist Gill Brook, who is based at the Bradford teaching hospital. She says: "As well as giving better bladder control, having a firm pelvic floor helps vaginal tone and this will give you and your partner more sensation during sex."

In an ideal world we"d all do daily pelvic floor exercises and keep ourselves taut throughout our lives. But the reality is that these exercises are boring, most of us forget to do them, and when we do many of us do them incorrectly. Gill explains: "I"ve seen women tighten up their buttocks and tummy muscles, and some even push their pelvic floor outwards as though they are giving birth."

This is where the pelvic "toys" are useful. They not only work your internal muscles, they help you find them in the first place.

The scary looking clamp-like device, pictured above, is a PelvicToner, £29.99. Available from www.stressnomore.co.uk or call 01482 888785. It's spring-loaded to help you develop bionic strength as you do a resistance workout by squeezing it shut.

Ideal if you"re already quite strong "down there" and you can add extra springs as your muscles develop. It is said to train your muscles to super strength, but it's difficult to use if your pelvic floor is weak.

Source: The Sun UK.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2012 2:25 pm 
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Tight Spot
15 August 2012



An Indian beauty company is in a tight spot over TV ads for a new gel called 18 Again that claims to tighten women's vaginas.

The gel has infuriated critics with an advert showing a couple in their 30s in a sensual Bollywood-style routine dancing towards their bedroom. At one point the wife squeals - as her stunned family looks on - "Ooooh I feel like a virgin" while her husband holds her close. Then - borrowing a line from Madonna's hit - she promises her husband it will "feel like the very first time."

But the advert has provoked protests from women's rights campaigners in India who say it should be taken off the air. Professor Nivedita Menon - from Jawaharlal Nehru University - said: "The ad should be banned. It is worse that the gel is being sold as a health issue, as something women should do to take better care of their bodies." And Akhila Shivdas - managing trustee of the Centre for Advocacy and Research - said: "I am registering a complaint with the National Commission for Women. This is a vulgar campaign with no sense or meaning."

But businessman Rishi Bhatia - whose Ultra Tech India Limited pharmaceutical firm in Mumbai created the gel - said he will not change the ad. "A tighter vagina is empowering," he explained. "It’s not just about sexual pleasure, but also about preventing infection, discharge, urinary incontinence, and making older women feel good," he added.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2012 11:57 am 
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Virginity cream sparks Indian sex debate
28 August 2012

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Many young Indians are sexually active before marriage

An Indian company has launched what it claims is the country's first vagina tightening cream, saying it will make women feel "like a virgin" again.

The company says it is about empowering women, but critics say it is doing the opposite. The BBC's Rajini Vaidyanathan in Mumbai reports. It is certainly a bold claim. As the music starts playing on the advertisement for the 18 Again cream, a sari-clad woman is singing and dancing. It is an unusual take on Bollywood. "I feel like a virgin," she croons, although the advert makes it clear she is not. Her shocked in-laws look on, before her husband joins her for some salsa-style dancing. "Feels like the very first time," she continues, as she is twirled around.

Cut away to her mother-in-law who begins by responding with a disgusted look on her face, but by the end of the advert even she has been won over, and is seen buying the product online.

'Restoring emotions'

This video is designed to market a vaginal "rejuvenation and tightening" product, which was launched this month in India. The makers of 18 Again, the Mumbai-based pharmaceutical company Ultratech, say it is the first of its kind in India (similar creams are already available in other parts of the world such as the USA), and fills a gap in the market.

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    Sandhya Mulchandani Author of Kama Sutra for Women

  • Ancient India has always been celebrated for its openness and lack of hypocrisy, for its modernity and inclusive attitude; but in one aspect, it has remained rigid: the need for women to be virgins.
  • Because society was divided into four rather inflexible social groups, straying from or intermingling between these castes was seen as a state worse than death.
  • So to ensure racial purity, inter- caste marriages were strictly forbidden, with children from such marriages being declared to be illegitimate.
  • Amorous adventures between the classes, however was freely permitted.
  • So, there were two kinds of women: one for procreation and one for pleasure and obviously the one who bore your children had to be from the same caste and definitely a virgin.
  • Chastity, thus, had little to do with waiting for the right man or exploring one's sexuality and everything to do with preserving racial purity, for only virgins could hope to attain the aspired status of wife.
  • Considered to be a spiritual obligation, Hindu wedding ceremonies even today centre round the Kanyadaan, which literally translates as the gift of a virgin.

Ultratech's owner, Rishi Bhatia, says the cream, which is selling for around $44 (£28), contains natural ingredients including gold dust, aloe vera, almond and pomegranate, and has been clinically tested. "It's a unique and revolutionary product which also works towards building inner confidence in a woman and boosting her self esteem," says Mr Bhatia, adding that the goal of the product is to "empower women". Mr Bhatia says the product is not claiming to restore a woman's virginity, but to restore the emotions of being a virgin. "We are only saying, 'feel like a virgin' - it's a metaphor. It tries to bring back that feeling when a person is 18."

But the company's advertising strategy has attracted criticism from some doctors, women's groups and social media users, who say the product reinforces the widely held view in India that pre-marital sex is something to be frowned upon, a taboo which is even seen as sinful by some.

"This kind of cream is utter nonsense, and could give some women an inferiority complex," argues Annie Raja from the National Federation of Indian Women, which fights for women's rights in the country. Ms Raja says that rather than empower women, the cream will do the opposite, by reaffirming a patriarchal view that is held by many here - the notion that men want all women to be virgins until their wedding night. "Why should women remain a virgin until marriage? It is a woman's right to have sexual relations with a man, but society here still says they should not until they are brides."

"Being a virgin is still prized, and I don't think attitudes will change in this century," says Dr Mahinda Watsa, a gynaecologist who writes a popular sexual advice column in the Mumbai Mirror and Bangalore Mirror newspaper. Dr Watsa has answered more than 30,000 questions from Indians wanting sexual advice, and says a common question from men is how to find out whether their wife is a virgin, or from women who are keen their husband doesn't know they are not. "Men still hope they're marrying a virgin, but more girls in India, at least in the towns and cities, are having sex before. Women write to me - and say, what do I do? I've had sex with other people but how do I convince people that I'm a virgin?"

Dr Watsa says that in major cities and towns more people are sexually active before marriage - more women working and having independence has led to women having more confidence and interactions with men. "There is definitely more casual sex and sex before marriage happening in India nowadays," says Dr Nisreen Nakhoda, a GP who advises on sexual health for the medical website MDhil.

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Khajuraho Temple - sculptural sexual scenes depicted on the Temple wall. Ancient India has always been celebrated for its sexual openness

Dr Nakhoda is sceptical about how a cream such as 18 Again can work. Tightening the vagina is done by the vaginal muscles so I don't know how a local cream can do the job," she says, but believes it has the potential to do well in India because even if practices are changing, attitudes are not catching up as fast, so some people would try anything to cover up any hint of their actions. "It's all very under wraps and discreet, no-one really discusses their sex lives with their friends or boyfriends," says Dr Nakhoda. She says she has even heard stories of companies which work at night, such as call centres, finding their toilets full of condoms which they cannot flush down, as some couples find it hard to find a place to be alone.

A survey of more than 5,000 people by India Today magazine last year showed that fewer than 1 in 5 (19%) of respondents were open to the idea of pre-marital sex, or live-in relationships, with a quarter of people saying they did not object to sex before marriage, as long as it was not happening in their family.

"We're brought up being told that having sex with someone is a bit vulgar," says one 26-year-old virgin. "When you're younger it's hard to have a boyfriend, and most of my friends who did had to go to great lengths to lie to their parents," adds the girl, who says she hopes to lose her virginity to her husband.

Another 27-year-old girl, who first had sex at the age of 20 and has had three sexual partners, believes a lot of the stigma comes from the idea that a man wants to feel like he owns a woman, adding that the idea that a women who sleeps with multiple partners might be called a "slut" is something all societies have to contend with.

"The Indian mindset is in a state of turmoil," says Dr Nahkoda. "The young generation wants to be hip and cool and try out sex before marriage, but they're still brought up in the traditional set up where it's taboo to have sex before marriage. This leads to a lot of confusion in many teenagers. On one hand you're supposed to be the traditional demure Indian bride, but on the other hand, you don't want to have to wait for sex because people are marrying later. Temptations are coming their way and people are no longer resisting," says Dr Nakhoda.

The introduction of a vagina tightening cream, follows a recent controversy over a vagina skin lightening cream. Both are examples of how traditional values are clashing with newer ones in today's India.

Annie Raja says these kind of products are all about giving men control over how a woman should behave or look, and that this is outdated and dangerous.

But Ultratech's Rishi Bhatia says the fuss is unwarranted. "Men have so many products they can buy to enhance their sexual pleasure, this is just putting sexual enhancement in the hands of women."

Source: BBC.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2012 11:58 am 
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"Men have so many products they can buy to enhance their sexual pleasure, this is just putting sexual enhancement in the hands of women."

Quite.

So it's ok for men to do these things but not for women. So much for equality then.

I think the people who are supposed to be for women's right suffer from the same limiting and 'traditional' mind set. Why is it only for men that women would want to tighten their vagina to pretend to be a virgin? Maybe they just want to do it for themselves because it feels good to them to be tighter. Which is what the ad also portrays. The woman in it doesn't seem submissive, she's clearly doing it for herself. To enhance her pleasure (with her husband).

So if some women think it's just to make men think they're virgins again, than that is their own misunderstanding and perception about what it should be used for, the maker is clear enough on which viewpoint he takes.

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Viagra pill for women: 'Impressive' trials mean that it could go on sale in three years
By Fiona Macrae
27 May 2013

Women could soon be able to buy their own version of Viagra.

The pill, called Lybrido, is said to increase a woman’s desire for sex, and make it more satisfying when it happens. It uses a combination of testosterone and a Viagra-like drug, which work on both the brain and body to boost flagging libido.

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Libido: Previous attempts to make 'female viagra' have failed because women's low sex drive often stems from psychological factors

With trial results described as ‘very impressive’, it could be on bedside cabinets within three years. But experts warned that the firms which make it will be under pressure to prove that the drug will not turn women into nymphomaniacs. With worldwide sales of Viagra at nearly £1.5billion a year, scientists have long tried to create a version for the female market. But previous attempts have failed to make the grade, because low female libido often stems from psychological as much as physical factors.

Dutch firm Emotional Brain believes it has cracked the problem with a two-in-one pill, which should be taken three and a half hours before sex. Smaller than an aspirin, it contains a Viagra-like drug in a testosterone and mint coating. Separately, neither drug can lift flagging female libido but, together, they are said to provide the necessary boost. The physical effect of Viagra magnifies the effect of testosterone on the brain’s pleasure centres.

A trial involving more than 200 women in the US has just finished. The full results are still under wraps but Emotional Brain founder Adriaan Tuiten describes them as ‘very, very promising’. Dr Tuiten began researching female emotion after a girlfriend broke his heart when he was in his 20s. He said that with the drug, women made love more often and were more likely to reach orgasm. But some suffered side-effects including headaches and flushing of the face or neck. He now plans to carry out a larger trial, and hopes to put the drug on the market in Europe and the US at the end of 2016. Dr Tuiten believes the pills will be most popular with long-married women, for whom sex may have become a bore.

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But some doctors have warned the pills may be a little too much in demand. Dr Andrew Goldstein, a US expert in female sexual health, told the New York Times that drug companies such as Emotional Brain will be under pressure to prove they are not turning women into nymphomaniacs. Some experts fear Lybrido will put women under pressure to perform, while others are sceptical about whether the pills can boost female sex drive. They point out that a tablet is not going to fix a broken relationship or ease the stresses of work and childcare.

Dr Tuiten says that up to 43 per cent of women suffer from a low sex drive at some point in their lives and that, far from turning women into sex maniacs, the drug will simply raise a low libido to normal levels. Dr Mike Wyllie, one of the team of scientists that discovered and developed the male impotence drug Viagra, described Lybrido as ‘an interesting concept’.

Source: Daily Mail UK.

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Are supermarket orgasms the future of sex? New app-controlled vibrator allows racy couples to take their pleasure 'anywhere'
15 October 2014

A new app-controlled vibrator is allowing couples to keep their flame ignited -- whether they're together or apart.

The We-Vibe 4 Plus, priced at $179, is the first hands-free device that can be remotely controlled by an app, enabling couples to turn their partners' vibration on and off from from anywhere in the world.

'We-Vibe was created to connect couples and build intimacy,' said Tristan Weedmark, Global Passion Ambassador at We-Vibe. 'And the new We-Vibe 4 Plus adds another layer of connection and frisky fun because couples are able to customize their experience and take their sex lives to the next level. The We-Connect app brings couples closer together, even if they are continents apart.'

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The We-Vibe 4 Plus, priced at $179, is the first hands-free device that can be remotely controlled by an app, enabling couples to turn their partners' vibration on and off from from anywhere in the world

One writer took the vibrator for a spin in New York, where she picked up her laundry and groceries wearing the We-Vibe 4 Plus while her husband controlled it from home. 'I was overly aware of that part of my body,' 36-year-old Amanda Chatel told The New York Post. 'I felt like I was walking sex.'

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'We-Vibe was created to connect couples and build intimacy,' said Tristan Weedmark, Global Passion Ambassador at We-Vibe

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The We-Vibe 4 Plus, a three-inch-long U-shaped toy, lets users choose from various vibrations, such as 'peak' or 'bounce'

To access the vibrator, both Ms Chatel and her husband downloaded the free We-Vibe 4 Plus app from the iTunes App Store and registered the vibrator. Once Ms Chatel asked her husband to connect, she was able to send him a link that enabled them to control the device.

The We-Vibe 4 Plus, a three-inch-long U-shaped toy, also lets users choose from various vibrations, such as 'peak' or 'bounce.'

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FDA advisory panel recommends approval of ‘female Viagra’
By Brigid Schulte
June 4, 2015

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Food and Drug Administration advisers voted 18-6 Thursday in favor of Sprout Pharmaceutical's flibanserin, a daily pill to boost sexual desire in women. (AP)

The first-ever "female Viagra" came one step closer to coming to market, as a key advisory committee to the Food and Drug Administration voted Thursday afternoon to recommend that the FDA approve the drug with conditions.

The committee voted 18-6 to recommend that the FDA approve flibanserin, a drug designed to boost the low sexual desire of otherwise healthy women.

The FDA usually follows the recommendations of its advisory committees, but not always. Its decision is expected by the end of the summer. The agency has already rejected the drug twice, saying the potential side effects of fainting, nausea, dizziness, sleepiness and low-blood pressure outweighed its benefits. Even on Thursday, the committee described the drug benefit as "moderate" or "marginal."

But after an afternoon of emotional testimony from women who suffer from low sexual desire, a condition called Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder, the majority of committee members said that, with proper warning labels and education, the drug, even with a moderate benefit, should be made available to women who now have nothing. One practitioner said that when her patients asked her for help,"This is all I can tell them." And then she stood in front of the microphone in silence for several uncomfortable minutes.

Some of the women speaking Thursday described the condition as if a switch had gone off, they don’t understand why they no longer want to have sex, and find it distressing.

Before a packed hearing room, Sprout Pharmaceuticals, developers of the drug, presented the results of a series of double-blind clinical trials that showed the drug worked better than placebo to boost women’s sexual desire, increased the number of sexually satisfying events and lowered women’s distress at the loss of their libido. After 24 weeks, they said, 46 to 60 percent of the women in the trials had benefited from the flibanserin treatment. But some committee members said, after adjusting the data to take the placebo effect into account, the drug wound up helping only about 10 percent of the women in the trials.

More than half the women diagnosed with low sexual desire have turned in desperation to unproven, unregulated and potentially unsafe treatments they read about on the Internet or in magazines, which could pose health risks, the pharmaceutical company presenters said. Some of those testifying were health-care practitioners who said many women have turned to such "snake oil" with dangerous results.

Although the FDA approved Viagra for men in 1998, and a host of products since then, the FDA has not okayed any medications for women’s sexual function. The FDA describes this as an “unmet medical need.” Flibanserin, first developed as an anti-depressant, works on neurotransmitters in the brain that afffect sexual desire. In their presentation, FDA medical officers outlined a host of safety concerns about the drug and raised the question of the day: Whether the risks of the side effects outweighed the benefit of the drug. The most common side effects include dizziness, nausea, fainting and sleepiness. Some women had to stop taking the drug because of the side effects, and one reacted so poorly that she had to be hospitalized.

FDA officials are concerned about flibanserin’s interaction with other drugs -- particularly with hormonal birth control pills and alcohol -- and the potential for flibanserin to increase accidents, from car accidents to falls and other mishaps. Some committee members were also worried about one two-year cancer study that found an increased risk in breast cancer tumors in mice that were given four times the therapeutic dose of 100 milligrams daily. One advisory panel called the potential link to cancer a “show stopper.”

FDA officials said most flibanserin trials lasted one year to 18 months. “That, in our opinion, is not enough to assess the risk of cancer development,” one official said. Sprout officials explained that increased tumors in one sex in animal studies have not been found to predict cancers in humans. Another member of the panel raised concern that the drug could be used as a “date rape” drug. The drug maker said that the drug was slow-acting and could make women sleepy, but not incapacitated.

After the vote, which many said was "difficult," the advisory committee began to work on conditions that they would recommend accompany any FDA approval, including warning labels, an education program, prescriber training and certification. They are most concerned that the drug not be used with alcohol, with certain drugs, or by pregnant women.

Some panel members who voted against approval said that the data wasn't good enough, and the benefits weren't strong enough to warrant approval, given the side effects. "I recognize people are suffering," said Diane Aronson. "I just think they deserve better." Some speakers urged the committee members to reject the drug. Some said that while the condition of low sexual desire was real and painful, flibanserin wasn't the answer. They said the drug's success was due more to a slick marketing campaign put together by Sprout than to good science.

Others warned that the pharmaceutical company had "deceived women into taking a drug that doesn't work better than drinking a glass of wine or two, and could end up killing us," said Liz Canner, a film maker who produced the documentary, Orgasm, Inc., about the medical communities quest for female viagra and the big bucks that could ensue.

Sally Greenberg, executive director of the National Consumers League, who is scheduled to speak later Thursday afternoon in support of the drug, said she spent the day talking to lawmakers on Capitol Hill and with women diagnosed with low sexual desire pushing for a treatment. “It’s very destructive to their relationships, to their families and their self image,” she said. “We know this is a problem with their brain chemistry. Just like depression. And, just like depression, their brain chemistry can be adjusted. We can treat it. And we should treat it.”

To Greenberg, the committee vote was a historic moment. “I think this is a huge moment for women’s sexual health, in the way that the pill was for women’s sexual health and ability to control their own destiny,” she said.

Source: Washington Post.

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World’s first sex robot for women launched complete with customisable penis, fake stubble and Brad Pitt’s chiselled torso
By Jon Rogers
4 December 2018

Realbotix, the company behind the RealDolls sex robots, is ready to start full production on its first male doll, called Henry.

Henry might appear to be every heterosexual girl’s dream, with his rugged appearance and angular cheekbones which have been compared to a “young Brad Pitt”. But whatever the claims of his performance between the sheets, he still can’t take the bins out.

However, Henry does come equipped with a silicone penis that can be customised – though it’s not yet bionic. All 5' 11" of Henry can be yours for around £7,800 ($10,000) but the price varies depending on the specifications the buyer selects. He's also well-equipped - in an AI sense - and can recite poetry or the lyrics to your favourite songs as well as tell jokes. Henry can also welcome you home after a long day - all with a British accent, if you want.

The company does produce a range of male dolls, which can be customised to some extent. While the basic dolls – also called Michael, Mick and Nate – have a basic design things such as eye and hair colour can be selected, as well as skin tone. Buyers can also select penis type, which can be detachable.

Matt McMullen, the chief executive of Abyss Creations, which owns Realbotix, told The Times: “We’ve had a lot more inquiries than you would think from women who want not a sex partner but a companion — someone to talk to. I said, ‘Well, you know, he could listen to you, he’ll remember everything, but he’s not going to be able to take out the trash just yet, or fix the sink or anything like that.’”

So far the sex doll industry has largely been focused on female dolls with a varying degree of AI interactivity but that could be about to change with Henry as the fledgling industry starts to gear up to provide for the needs of women. As Mr McMullen points out, the requirements women want differ from those of men. He said: “[We’ve had] a lot of request from women – not just as a sex partner, but as a companion. We really are focusing all our energy on the companionship aspect.”

Some women who have already tried out a male doll give them the thumbs up. In a video by Karley Sciortino for Vice, adult entertainer Jessica Ryan said her male sex doll was “so much easier than doing a Tinder date.”

The industry, while still in its infancy, is predicted to grow in the next few years, with some estimated saying it will be worth £23.5billion by 2020. That estimate could be realised with online searches for sex robot porn having nearly doubled in 2017.

Source: Sun UK

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