TIME

Closing the pleasure gap

In 2014, I stood in an auditorium as a parade of women told U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulators that their libidos had only a fraction of their former power. Some said the decline was gradual. Others said it was “like a switch that went off.” “I don’t even think about sex,” one woman lamented. “I am able to grit through it,” said another.

The women were there to weigh in on whether female sexual dysfunction represents an unmet medical need. Their testimony described the

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