Biotechnologists stumble upon 'female Viagra'

A couple of days late for Valentine's Day but just in time for Mardi Gras, we find out biotechnology scientists have discovered a compound that functions like a female version of the male libido-enhancing drug Viagra.

Called Flibanserin, this alleged female aphrodisiac was originally developed as an antidepressant. Like most antidepressants, the drug's efficacy was questionable. Strangely enough, after 24 weeks of popping the pills, women found themselves a whole lot hornier than they were when they started treatment, enjoying "an increase in satisfactory sexual encounters."

Don't expect to be using these superchargers right away, though, because they haven't been thoroughly tested yet. However, scientists are saying the stuff shows promise. How does it work? It alters serotonin levels in that most important sex organ of all, the brain.

Via Scientific American