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Female Sexual Dysfunction a Lie

“Female sexual dysfunction—which is claimed to affect up to two thirds of women—is a disorder invented by the pharmaceutical industry to build global markets for drugs to treat it.”

“Drug companies have invested millions in the search for a female equivalent of Viagra, so far without success. But while doing so they have stoked demand by creating a buzz around the disorder they have created, according to Ray Moynihan, a lecturer at the University of Newcastle in Australia. Corporate employees worked with medical opinion leaders, ran surveys aimed at portraying the problem as widespread and helped create the diagnostic instruments to persuade women that their sexual difficulties deserved a medical label.”


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