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Nine years before she would announce the discovery of a new disease, Dr Rosemary Basson, consultant in the Centre for Sexual Medicine at Vancouver General Hospital, Canada, got a phone call from a medical research company working for the New York-based drug giant Pfizer. Would her clinic be interested in ing a trial of Viagra, the now-famous penis-stiffening blue pill?

The British-born Basson was at the time nudging towards her fifties, and struggling to advance understanding of vaginismus, an anxiety complaint in which a woman seems to tighten in reflex opposition to penetration.

Women want sex Deer

She was no great researcher. Her love was clinical medicine: hands-on caring for patients. Taking referrals from throughout the province of British Columbia, she saw only the most intractable sexual problems that had defeated family doctors or smaller hospitals. With a demeanour that reminds me of an English sitcom actress, Basson had published nothing in medical journals before the Viagra call came through.

But the landscape changed in the blue pill era as profits from the penis poured in. These days, Basson snags sponsorship deals like a sports star spotted by Nike. Pfizer commissioned her to look at the effects of Viagra in women with sexual arousal difficulties.

Then came finance from Lilly to psychologically profile patients.

Women want sex Deer

Currently, she is testing a new oestrogen receptor blocker for her longtime companions at Pfizer. Nourished by funding, she blossomed with ideas that have now lifted her to guru status. Out goes passion as motivation for lovemaking, and in comes a diagnosis for a medical condition that she compares to a broken leg or appendicitis. Can this be right? Now is the time to find out. Rosemary Basson is the new Queen of Desire. Even as we spoke, her ideas were being prepared for a sexual dysfunction brochure to be pounded out for doctors around the world. Footnotes to her textbook will cascade through the literature, giving the impression of a new-found consensus.

And in a softly-softly move, official disease definitions are being targeted for wholesale revision. But is she using industry help to understand women? Or do those who pay the piper call the tunes? Is a well of unfulfilment at last being recognised, or is modern life being fashioned into a disease?

Women want sex Deer

Well, she has been at some — at least in recent years. I saw her in Paris in July. Into this event she strode, in a sleeveless cocktail dress, to unveil her new model and disorder. Presenting the findings of a powerful international committee she chairs, which has met over the past two years to rule on definitions of female problems, she stood at a lectern and rattled through blue slides as if reporting from some frontier of knowledge. Her model, in a nutshell, rejects conventional wisdom about what makes women want sex. Au contraire, she argues. Women are different.

But not in the way feminists suggest. To me, this sounds sneaky, but she shows us a slide: a reinforcing feedback loop of sexual interest. In less than bonkbuster language, she elaborates on this process with an erection-killing description if ever there was one. As a gay man, I luxuriate in the ninth row of the conference hall feeling eerily untroubled by all this.

But Basson is proposing a concept that, should her campaign succeed, could transform medical involvement in sex. The latter is necessary before progress in newer treatment modalities, including pharmacological, can be made. As her slides sped by, many of her mostly male audience talked among themselves, fired off text messages or fiddled with drug company Women want sex Deer. The benchmark of success is conspicuous. But if women are more subtle and their concerns less clear, then industry needs to know PDQ.

Enter the disease she unveiled from the lectern: the ly unheard-of sexual interest disorder. More dry words, but do they mean or change anything? You can bet your underwear they do. Describing disorders is like sizing goal mouths: allowing the guys with the tape measures and spirit levels a say in what reaches the net.

But even widening the net with a broader definition is only the start of the reconstruction she seeks. But these criteria will be dumped if the plans unveiled in Paris gain a foothold in official classifications.

Women want sex Deer

He enjoys everything he does — the arousal and intercourse — if he wants to. Does he have a disorder or not? Hey presto, the s with a disorder hit the ceiling like a guy with no problem at all. Although research published in June from the world-famous Kinsey Institute in Indiana suggests that only 7. Questionnaires are in vogue, and Women want sex Deer find myself scanning them, while Rosemary Basson finishes up with a patient. I tear a four-by-eleven-inch quiz form from a pad that gives no clue to its publisher or printer.

The form looked official, perhaps from the Vancouver hospital, but it was really a crafty Pfizer sales tool. But confusions are as common in the field of pharmaceuticals as they are in the world of double glazing. And the influential Consensus Development Panel on Female Sexual Dysfunction is just 19 specialists, Basson included, of whom 18 admit receipt of industry money. This was news to the WHO, who e-mailed me from Geneva dissociating the agency from the meeting. We asked the organisers to remove this from the programme, but due to the intervening lapse of time, our records are incomplete on the follow-up to this request.

The Paris events were just two of seven industry-backed gatherings in the past six years that laid the ground for the definitions she announced. The founding event, held in May at a hotel on Cape Cod, was sponsored by nine drug companies. Basson knows the score. What happens, for instance, to headaches, stress, fatigue or boredom? What about the lack of physical exercise or poor diet? Does industry want to pay for highlighting such topics? You had better believe it does not. Well, so what if there was? Does that fix them as uninterested? Is that a basis for diagnosing a disorder? But in his data resurfaced on the new tide of industry cash.

Often when I have interviewed doctors and scientists, their walls have been spattered with certificates and awards — and occasionally a Nobel prize. But her space is spartan. Her priority has been patients. So why front a campaign with a working clinician?

Women want sex Deer

Why not wheel out some established big cheese? Of course, they need a women to medicalise female sexuality — and the key players in urology are all men. They need a medical doctor — and the field of sexology is overrun by PhDs. To pluck a leader from Canada is a political masterstroke: it plays well in both the US and Europe.

But the married mother-of-two argues that medicalising sexuality is the opposite of what she intends. Ecstasy does that now, admittedly with quite some downside. In my view, I told her, her ideas could be used to sell Viagra to women today. But more important is the direction of scientific research, for which her model may map new routes. For hospital ethics committees to approve new-product trials, they must first have a disease for the product to treat.

Women want sex Deer

No disease, no treatment. End of story. There will be no quick fix and, as research goes on, her announcement in Paris may be forgotten. But, no question, from the lectern she proposed a new paradigm that chimed well with the spirit of big pharma. Just as television audiences have fractured in the face of cable and satellite, so markets for medicines are threatening to shatter as gene-based personalised therapies loom larger.

As generic manufacturers gnaw at patent rights, the research-based industry lusts for new blockbusters for us all to swallow daily for life.

Women want sex Deer

It is their willingness to do what needs to be done — whether it means taking hormones, starting therapy, or believing that they are entitled to sexual pleasure. By an astounding coincidence, Leiblum was in Vancouver and hijacked my first session with Basson. I also found it troubling to see a model implying that women merely responded to men.

I do not have appendicitis. Whether you care about it or not, in the medical world, is irrelevant. The blue pill era has barely dawned. There will be many more conferences, foreign trips and research papers before big business sells drugs to turn us on.

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