LOS ANGELES -- It's a condition called 'Female Sexual Dysfunction," or 'FSD,' supposedly afflicting women who are dissatisfied with their sex lives. It's been widely reported to affect 43 percent of all women -- but it is real?
Documentary filmmaker Liz Canner spent nine years studying the subject. Now her new film "Orgasm Inc.," about the hunt for the 'female Viagra' to cure FSD, comes to some shocking conclusions.
"The idea that a drug could come in and cure all of this, and make us orgasmic, may be like trying to find Nirvana," Canner tells KTLA News.
Canner managed to get free rein to film inside the offices of one pharmaceutical company named Vivus that was trying to develop a female Viagra pill, Canner quickly learned that the company's first priority was marketing the idea that women did indeed suffer from FSD.
"I started to realize that the drug industry was not only involved in developing drugs, they were also involved in developing diseases," Canner says.
Drug companies can only get all-important FDA approval for drugs that target a recognized illness or ailment. And Canner says almost all the doctors who identified 'Female Sexual Dysfunction' benefited financially from drug makers, for their research on the subject.
"Eighteen of the 19 doctors that came up with the definition of female sexual dysfunction had ties to 22 drug companies," Canner points out.
And clinical sexologist and sex coach Dr. Patti Britton tells KTLA News she has her doubts about the motives of drug makers intent on creating the female Viagra.
"We're seeing a profiteering motive in the industry of pharmaceuticals," Britton says. "I think for the most part it's greed on the pharmaceutical industry to feed their coffers and not to really help women."
At the end of the day, maybe women don't need a 'magic pill' for great sex. According to Dr. Britton, maybe they just need a little rest!
"Ninety percent of women I treat in my practice are exhausted and distracted," Dr. Britton says. "What sex requires is slowing down, relaxation, and focused attention. I don't think any pill is going to work to establish a great orgasm in any person unless her head's into it, her feelings are into it, and her body learns how to let it go."
For much more from filmmaker Liz Canner and her controversial documentary "Orgasm Inc.," go to http://orgasminc.org/.
And for more from sex coach Dr. Patti Britton, go to http://www.askthesexcoach.com/.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun