International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health

Position Statements

Role of Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Companies in Developing Novel Therapies for Female Sexual Dysfunction

Female sexual disorders have historically been treated with multiple non-medical and off-label medical therapies by a limited number of experienced clinicians. Yet, most therapies have insufficient clinical evidence to support their safety and efficacy. Thus, the development of safe and effective therapies for the treatment of sexual disorders in women is critical to improving the overall management of these conditions, and increasing access to care. The International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health (ISSWSH) supports the role of biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, and other investigators developing novel therapies for female sexual dysfunction. ISSWSH rejects a “one size fits all” approach to treating female sexual dysfunction due to the multiplicity of biopsychosocial factors that impact sexual health. The concept of personalized medicine, and the availability of multiple therapeutic options are critical in this field.