A recent article in The New York Times Magazine, by Daniel Bergner, talks about the possibility that female Viagra will become available within the next few years. He suggests that a woman’s sexual ‘dysfunction’ if you will – her low libido – is more often than not connected to monogamy. There is even a disorder called hypoactive sexual-desire disorder (HSSD) which affects 10-30 % of women between 20 and 60 years old. The disorder is characterized by a lack of lust that is apparently deeply connected to a woman’s psyche.

Although evolutionary biologists often claim that women just have a lower level of sex drive than men in general, Bergner feels it’s not so simple. He believes that a low sex drive has much more to do with the lack of interest that some women might feel when they’ve been with a single partner for an extended period of time.

So, are we just not programmed to be monogamous? Jezebel’s Lindy West recently argued that a Viagra-for-women pill might be great for certain couples who are just not feeling it any more but don’t want to dive into the seemingly scary emotional cave that is an ‘open relationship’. She says: ‘Lybrido and Lybridos (potential Viagra for women)… could be just the workaround that some couples need to save their monogamous relationships – or to allow monogamy and long-term sexual satisfaction to coexist for couples grappling with HSDD.’

What do you make of all this?