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UK prepares for 'Female Viagra'

Women in the UK will soon have access to a new drug that promises to improve their sex drives.

Intrinsa will be made available on prescription and is intended for women with medical problems.

It will take the form of a patch that patients will place on their stomach or bottom.

Proctor & Gamble, the company behind the new drug, said it worked by slowly releasing the male hormone testosterone into the patient's bloodstream, which had the effect of increasing their sexual desire.

While the drug will be targeted at women who have lost their sex drive because of a medical procedure or an illness, experts expect it to become a lifestyle drug.

A range of similar products is set to be launched in the UK this year, making chemical enhancements for the bedroom more readily available than ever.

Since Viagra – the pill to treat male impotence – came on to the market in the late 1990s, it has been joined by a number of similar drugs for men.

It too was originally designed to treat diagnosed medical conditions but has been tried by around one million British men.

Earlier this year, the retailer Boots said it would launch a pilot scheme selling the drug over the counter to men between the ages of 30 and 65.

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