My, my

Or, since sex is the subject here, what about how our society’s scientific community has treated female dyspareunia — the severe physical pain some women experience during sex — vs. erectile dysfunction (which, while lamentable, is not painful)? PubMed has 393 clinical trials studying dyspareunia. Vaginismus? 10. Vulvodynia? 43.

Erectile dysfunction? 1,954.

That’s right: PubMed has almost five times as many clinical trials on male sexual pleasure as it has on female sexual pain. And why? Because we live in a culture that sees female pain as normal and male pleasure as a right.

Hmm. Dyspareunia is something estimated to affect 8 – 20% of women at some point in their lives. Drooping dicks 100% of men. And such droops, sometimes at least, thought to diminish female sexual pleasure.

It’s not entirely obvious that the research effort is out of proportion there now, is it?

17 comments on “My, my

  1. Which will gain more humans wanting a cure?
    100% men – though the age that droop occurs does vary with health and medication playing a part – or women where majority will not have a problem?

  2. Wasn’t the biggest breakthrough in male droop a side effect of another drug? Bit hard to claim that one as spending on male problems.

  3. Martin

    While both men and women get breast cancer, when they looked at my breast lump (to discover it was just harmless fibrous tumour) I was told that the ratio of breast cancer incidence is about 99% women and 1% men. Thatw as a while back, so perhaps numbers have changed.

  4. From cancer.org:

    Breast cancer is about 100 times less common among men than among women. For men, the lifetime risk of getting breast cancer is about 1 in 1,000. The number of breast cancer cases in men relative to the population has been fairly stable over the last 30 years.

  5. The erectile dysfunction thing has been around since the fact that oil burned was discovered.

    Woman to man

    it’s very disappointing. Ever since we started to use whale oil, you don’t get wood for me anymore.

  6. “what about how our society’s scientific community has treated female dyspareunia”: what is this make-believe entity, a “scientific community”? Are Stephen Hawking and I evil bastards for not working on treatments for dyspareunia?

    I suggest that Lili Loofbourow (and congrats on inventing that wonderful pen-name) equips herself to work on that problem and then get stuck in.

  7. Yes men are a lot less likely to get breast cancer. We still get it however much to the annoyance of some women.
    Far as I know the incidence of prostate cancer among women is smaller. 🙂
    Lots of cancers get less attention and funding than breast cancer.
    Try bladder cancer, higher incidence of return and lower impact of chemo.
    7th most common cancer in the UK, 4th most common among men and prognosis is 50% die. Quite an expensive cancer for the NHS and tiny fraction of the funding more popular cancers get.
    Best bet is that research into another cancer will impact that one. Sad sort of bet to have.

  8. “It’s not entirely obvious that the research effort is out of proportion there now, is it?”

    Not only that, but the root cause of erectile dysfunction has been well known for a looooong time before Viagra showed up – insufficient blood flow and/or inability to retain blood in the penis.

    Once that was understood then it was a simple (for a given value of ‘simple’ when talking about biochemistry) matter of trying out some stuff that increased blood flow and didn’t poison the taker.

    Does anyone know the root causes of dyspareunia? Has it been locked down to a small set of physical processes? Has that research been done? If not, then you know why there’s no treatment for it.

    As for any research that has been done, well, until the research is successful we won’t know how hard it is to research – erectile dysfunction was probably easy to nail down to specific causes – and maybe researchers are focusing on areas that they expect to give more ‘bang for the buck’ and will come back to dyspareunia once the low-hanging fruit has been picked.

    Generally speaking, when someone one asks ‘why was this done before that’ the answer is ‘because this was much easier and quicker to get done than that’.

  9. “Edward Lud
    February 1, 2018 at 7:12 pm

    Can women do experiments and find cures for the things that matter to them?”

    They can – but only if government takes money at gunpoint from other people and give it to them.

  10. Agamammon – plus erectile dysfunction can be tested for straight away in the lab. By sight. Women having painful sex? Perhaps lab not so conducive to having sex in so have to wait for the woman to report back days or weeks later.

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