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Can Viagra put girls in the mood for sex as well?

Viagra may not yet be available on prescription for women, but I managed to get my hands on the coveted blue pill.

A doctor friend who supplied the so-called love drug admitted he was as eager as the rest of the world to find out if it would do for women what it is already doing for men.

Researchers believe that, just as prostate surgery and diabetes can lead to impotence in men, hysterectomies, high cholesterol and age can affect blood flow in women's bodies, making it more difficult for them to enjoy sex.

There are no statistics to show how many women in the UK or America are unable to orgasm. The reason? Women traditionally don't complain about sexual problems, while men head straight for the doctor - or the medicine cabinet - at the first sign of trouble.

Now post-Viagra, women are not only complaining, they're shouting from the rooftops: "We want Viagra - and we want it now!"

Experts at pharmaceutical firm Pfizer have been conducting top-secret tests to determine if their new drug has a unisex appeal and they've confirmed it has "passed phase one safety studies on women."

But there is only one way to find out the truth - and that's to try it.

Firstly, I should explain I'm a healthy 31-year-old with no medical history of sexual dysfunction, so I wasn't entirely convinced that Viagra would have any effect, desired or otherwise.

Secondly, don't try this at home - the tests aren't finished yet.

It is difficult to get "in the mood" when you're following test guidelines - it is recommended the pill should be taken at least an hour before any sexual activity and it is said to work for at least four hours.

I'd planned a whole evening with my partner, Joe, with military precision, checking my pulse, monitoring my heart rate and glancing at the clock every time I felt even the slightest sensation.

An estimated one hour before I thought we may get intimate, I popped the pill then just waited ... and waited ... and waited ... and then ... BINGO.

I'd expected to be hit with a rush of uncontrollable desire, like the man in the body spray advert who picks up the scent of a woman and just can't help acting on Impulse.

But it was more of a slow serenade into a bedroom waltz the likes of which I'd never experienced.

I first noticed it in my heart - but was it the pill or was it the man? After 25 minutes I sensed a definite change. I was enveloped in a completely warm, relaxed feeling. Think sinking into a hot bath with a glass of chilled wine or that first gin and tonic softening the edges of a rough day at work. I'd say mellow, and definitely "in the mood".

My pulse began to race and my heart thumped. I checked the clock and whispered: "It's time, Joe."

Ladies, if you're wondering if Viagra really works, all I can say is, "Yes, yes, oh God yes."

What had started out as a carefully- planned test of a new drug became an evening from the pages of an erotic novel.

Each new chapter (and I'm telling you, there were four chapters in this book) left me feeling exhilarated, exhausted, satisfied and ... smiling.

Dr Irwin Goldstein of Boston University, one of the doctors who helped make Viagra a household word, is currently conducting clinical trials on women. He said: "I have such happy people on this stuff."

For one night, I was one of those happy people. It looks to me like it's goodbye Prozac and hello Viagra.
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Title Annotation:Features
Author:Barr, Linda
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jul 15, 1998
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