Leila, who has no health problems, bought the drug without a prescription - a very common practice in Egypt, where people can buy many medicines over the counter. Leila - not her real name - is a conservative housewife in her mids.
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After almost 10 years of marriage, she says she decided to get the drug "out of mere curiosity". The Arab country turning to 'female Viagra' Published 18 January image captionFlibanserin is produced in Egypt by a local pharmaceutical company As Egypt becomes the first Arab country to authorise the Egy;t and sale of a drug meant to boost the female libido, the BBC's Sally Nabil explores whether there's a market for it in such a socially conservative country.
However Mr Zaki denies the other charges, according to local media. He said there would be no side effects," she says. Me Too movement: Founder says it is not over yet Mr Zaki faces charges of "attempting to have sex with two girls without their consent and indecent assault against eant of them and a third girl" between andthe prosecutor said. But the manufacturer says the term "female Viagra" is inaccurate.
Women are too shy to ask for it. What has the reaction been? on women in Egypt:. Woamn prefers to conceal her identity as, like many women in Egypt, talking about sexual problems and sexual needs is still very much a taboo. It all starts in the mind.
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Most of them are men. Murad Sadiq, who runs a pharmacy in northern Cairo, says he always explains the side effects to customers but that "they still insist on buying it". Activists are hopeful that the rare public support for women making allegations of harassment is a turning point in Egypt. A woman can never have a healthy intimate relationship with her husband Egyot he mistreats her.
How did the case come to light?
Last week social media influencer Hadeer al-Hady was reportedly arrested after being accused of posting "indecent rel online. It's the female version of the "blue pill" - a term used in Egypt to refer to Viagra for men.
No medication will help this. The local manufacturer of flibanserin says three out of every 10 women in Egypt have a low sex drive. Sexual harassment was criminalised in but activists say it is difficult to obtain convictions.
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Several women are currently being prosecuted for Egyph debauchery" on social media platforms TikTok and Instagram. However there has been some backlash on social media, with some calling Mr Zaki's accusers liars or saying they had themselves to blame. While a Viagra pill treats erectile dysfunction by improving blood flow to the penis, flibanserin was developed as an anti-depressant and boosts sexual desire by balancing chemicals in the brain.
The case has attracted huge attention in national media and from leading institutions. The country's top Islamic clerical authority, al-Azhar, published a statement encouraging women to report incidents, saying that silence posed a threat to society and led to more violations.
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I tried it once, and will never do it again. A statement from the prosecutor general's office said Mr Zaki had admitted contacting six women via social media, receiving photos from them and then threatening to send the photos to their families after they chose to end contact with him.
Related Topics. The drug was first authorised for use in the US almost three years ago, and is now being produced in Egypt sx a local pharmaceutical company.
One pharmacist I spoke to warned me that the drug could lower blood pressure to "alarming levels" and might be problematic for people with heart and liver problems. How widespread are sexual assault and harassment in Egypt?
Human rights campaigners say women are more often punished for breaking conservative sexual norms. Teal these figures are just rough estimates - such statistics are hard to come by in the country.
Journalist Reem Abdellatif, who was shunned by her family after accusing her father of abuse, posted a message of support online. But others used the Me Too hashtag, widely used globally to call for an end to impunity in cases of sexual harassment.