Procter & Gamble develops new "Viagra" for women

The time will soon come when women could simply apply a stick-on-patch to get fully aroused.

The patch is worn on the stomach for two weeks at a time and delivers the hormone testosterone, which has been linked to female sexual desire.

A trial involving 562 women who had had hysterectomies found the patch led to a 74% increase in satisfying sex.

Manufacturers Procter & Gamble are hoping to launch the patch in the US shortly and in the UK within the next two years.

The patch will be aimed at women with hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) - a lack of sexual desire that causes them distress, reports BBC.

According to the study, carried out in the US, Canada and Australia over 24 weeks, looked at 562 women with an average age of 49. A profile of sexual function was made by recording changes in desire, arousal, orgasm, pleasure, responsiveness, concerns and self-image, as well as measuring distress caused by low desire. Those with the patch experienced a 74 per cent increase in frequency of satisfying sexual activity, as well as a 56 per cent increase in desire compared with women with a dummy patch.

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