Medical Alternatives for Women

Given the size of the market of women with sexual dissatisfaction, many drugs treatments exist and are likely to emerge in the near future to help women with arousal problems.

The Eros-CTD (clitoral therapy device)

Approved in May 2000 by the FDA for treatment of sexual dysfunction, the CTD is a small cup with a pump that fits over the clitoris. When it is turned on, a gentle vacuum is created, increasing blood flow to the genital area. Experts suggest that the CTD can be used as part of foreplay, or it can be used on its own. The CTD is most effective when used regularly, like an exercise to maintain the health of the genital area. The CTD is intended for women who typically have problems becoming sexually aroused with manual stimulation or stimulation using a vibrator.


Typically found in health food stores, this amino acid functions as a precursor to the formation of nitric oxide, which relaxes smooth muscles and widens blood vessels, leading to better circulation. You can take L-arginine orally or as a nonprescription topical cream that is applied to the clitoris to increase blood flow.

The Future

Topical genital creams that hold great promise are likely to reach the market soon. There are drugs in development called apomorphines, which are similar to those used to treat Parkinson's disease, and may hold promise for treating arousal problems. Unlike ED drugs, these medications target the brain wiring necessary for arousal.