How was the Even the Score coalition created?
The ETS coalition was established after a core group of women’s health advocates met with the FDA more than a year ago to discuss their concerns with the lack of treatment options for women’s sexual dysfunction, compared with those available for men. Representatives from the National Organization for Women, the American Sexual Health Association, and the National Council of Women’s Organizations were all in attendance, among others. The women’s groups felt that to raise awareness of this issue, there needed to be a more formal, organized effort, which led to the launch of Even the Score
How do you figure there are 26 drugs out there for men’s most common sexual complaint?
Actually, the 26 count is conservative! When you include generics there are actually 41 drugs marketed for male sexual dysfunction. We only count those drugs that have been uniquely approved as new drugs by the FDA. The drugs that those who are opposed to HSDD medical treatment options for women refuse to acknowledge are largely testosterone drugs, which are indicated for hypogonadism – of which decreased sexual desire or low libido is a lead symptom. A doctor would not prescribe a drug to treat a problem unless the patient is experiencing symptoms, aka he has low desire.
What is HSDD?
Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder (HSDD) is a biological lack of desire that causes distress and isn’t accounted for by something else. It has been medically recognized for more than 30 years. If you do a literature search through the National Institutes of Health, there are more than 13,000 scientific publications on female sexual dysfunction (FSD). Further, HSDD was first medically characterized in the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy in 1977 and is listed in the International Classification of Diseases.
Aren’t sexual problems mostly shaped by interpersonal, psychological and social factors?
No. They are shaped by interpersonal, psychological, social and BIOLOGICAL factors. Biology needs to be addressed equally. Society can’t keep ignoring the biology of sexual issues with women.
Will Even the Score continue to exist after achieving the first-ever treatment for HSDD?
Even the Score was founded to raise awareness of the need for gender equity in sexual health and give women a forum to share and learn about their condition and lets them know that they are not alone. Approval of a first-ever drug to treat women’s most common sexual dysfunction will represent a huge step forward in our fight. But there is still a long way to go before we achieve true gender equity in sexual health – and Even the Score will be there every step of the way.
How is Even the Score funded?
The Even the Score campaign is supported by its members. Supportive organizations believe in the very real need for FDA-approved treatment options for women suffering from HSDD, and are committed to doing everything they can to support the mission of Even the Score – whether financially or programmatically. We do not provide breakdowns regarding individual contributions to the campaign.