There are many “all natural” sexual supplements on the market today. While primarily targeted at male sexual wellness, and offering everything from erectile dysfunction cures to increases in size, there are now many sexual supplements that are also targeting women.
The sexual supplement market for women is growing rapidly, as women’s sexual health has been largely ignored by Big Pharma. Recent studies have found that women report sexual wellness issues in greater number than men, with 43 percent of women reporting issues such as low sex drive, difficulty in being aroused or reaching orgasm, and painful intercourse. On the other hand, only 31 percent of men report sexual dysfunction. Either way, this makes for a large market for sex supplements for both men and women, but the question is, do they work as claimed?
The Most Effective Sexual Supplements for Men and Women
Men and women both have been turning to sexual supplements for bedroom problems in record numbers. For men, these are usually herbs or combinations of herbs and vitamins that purportedly can increase penis size, improve erections, and increase sexual stamina. For women, there are similar capsule formulas that are meant to increase libido and arousal, as well as many topical creams and oils that are supposed to enhance the sexual experience.
But do any of them actually work? The answers are “yes,” “no,” and “maybe.”
Hilda Hutcherson, MD, clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Columbia University Medical Center, has said of female sexual supplements, “Most sexual supplements are generally harmless, and herbal oils and supplements do seem to help some women having trouble with sexual desire and vaginal dryness.”
On the male side of the sex supplement equation, Christopher Saigal, MD, assistant professor of urology at UCLA School of Medicine, said, “some work, most do not.” For example, “Ginseng, like a lot of herbs, is thought to work by helping the body make more nitric oxide — as does Viagra. A couple of good studies showed some effect from ginseng so that people can look at this as an alternative to Viagra. But it’s not going to be as effective as Viagra or Levitra or Cialis.”
Other than Ginseng, let’s take a closer a look at some sexual supplements that have been shown to be useful for both men and women.
Effective Sex Supplements for Him
- Gingko – Gingko has long been prescribed for hundreds of years by practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) as a treatment for ED. There is some evidence to indicate that it increases the production of nitrous oxide, which is the same way that oral ED medications such as Viagra work.
- L-arginine – L-arginine is an essential amino acid that has been linked to improved blood flow and thus it has been recommended by herbal practitioners, like ginseng and gingko, like a Viagra alternative.
- Yohimbe – Yohimbe bark is another herbal treatment that has been used for centuries as an aphrodisiac, and more recently as an ED treatment. Some studies have shown that Yohimbe can help to treat men who were suffering from ED due to taking antidepressants. Other studies are ongoing for its effectiveness in treating other forms of ED.
Effective Sex Supplements for Her
- Black Cohosh – Has estrogen-like properties and has been used to treat vaginal dryness and painful intercourse. The National Institutes of Health is currently funding research into the effectiveness of black cohosh for treating menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats.
- Chasteberry – Has been used and approved in Germany for the treatment of menstrual problems such as PMS, and it is also said to increase sexual desire.
- ArginMax – ArginMax is a proprietary blend of ginseng, L-arginine, ginkgo biloba, damiana, multivitamins, and minerals. It is marketed as a sexual supplement for women. It bears mentioning since it is one of the only such sexual supplements that has been subjected to a legitimate clinical trial. The study concluded ArginMax improved sexual function in menopausal and other women with low sexual desire.
- Vitamin E Oil – Vitamin E in oil form, applied directly to the vagina, has been found to reduce painful sexual intercourse, increase lubrication, and improve arousal.
While there is some evidence that the above supplements can have limited positive effects on sexual wellness, before taking any supplements, you should seek the advice of qualified, medically trained, anti-aging and sexual enhancement professionals.
The bottom line is, you should never feel embarrassed when you are facing sexual issues. Whether you are a man or woman, do not be afraid to speak to your doctors about problems in the bedroom. Not only because of the many safe and effective treatment options now available, but also because a decreased sex drive or erectile dysfunction, could also be a sign of some other more serious medical conditions.