Health Sciences 1002A/B Lecture Notes - Lecture 7: Female Sexual Arousal Disorder, Medicalization, Prescription Drug
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FSD: female sexual dysfuncon
How drug companies created the disease to make prot, and scared the public to think there
was something wrong with them in the process.
1. Where did the denion of FSD come from? Who shaped this denion?
-One theory says that women have increased social pressure to have an orgasm every
me they have sex. But they didn’t get orgasms each me, especially at old age, when
they thought they should get the same orgasms they got at 25. Women thought that
there was something wrong with them. Drug companies saw this as potenal to
introduce a drug to help women have be+er orgasms. They pushed the FDA to register
FSD as an actual disorder, for this is required for the companies to try develop drugs.
-In this manner, drug companies created the disorder female sexual dysfuncon, and
made a lot of money o/ this.
-By adversing FSD to the public, women felt that there was something wrong with them.
The public manipulated this informaon and nervously overreacted to the disorder as a
result of shows like Oprah Winfry’s. Public were manipulated by an old inadequate
stasc, that said ‘43% of people su/er from FSD,’ because of things like ‘they
somemes became anxious before having sex.’ This could be because they had
relaonship issues with their partner. Also, this study was sponsored by FSD drug
2. What sites of medicalizaon can you idenfy in the lm? That is, where do
construcons of FSD emerge and through what processes?
-Hysteria used to be considered a disease about 100 years ago, and is no longer thought
of one. Doctors would treat this disease with vibrators, where they would smulate an
orgasm in the women. It was ‘medicalized’ by doctors at the me, similar to the way
‘FSD’ is medicalized now.
3. Who benets from the medicalizaon of female sexuality? Who loose? What do you
think about this?
-Drug companies, drug company promoters, and a7liated medical personnel benet for
they make lots of money. The general public looses for they feel scared that they are
abnormal, and frustrated that there is something wrong with them. This leads to
decreased self esteem.
oClinical trials funded by pharmaceucal trials have 3-5x the likelihood of
determining the drugs success than independent studies.
oThe U.S. makes about 5% of the world’s populaon and accounts for about 42%
of the worlds prescripon drug use….
oWomen thought that there was something wrong with them because they
couldn’t achieve an orgasm the way they thought people were supposed to.
Media may have played a role in this, through the relavely new popularity of
pornography in our generaon.
oWhy do drug trials sponsored by drug companies wok be+er than non-a7liated
ones, even though they both follow strict research guidelines? It’s possible this
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