Female Libido Booster Pills: Magic Bullet or Just Hype?
Is there such a thing as a magic bullet when it comes to female libido? Have you wondered if libido booster pills can really work for you?
At The Libido Doctor, we’re all about enhancing libido, or sex drive. So, we’ve taken a look at some of the best libido booster pills for women out there…
The unfortunate truth is that none of them work instantly. There are definitely supplements, herbs and pills that can help to support a strong sex drive. But it’s not an instant fix. We need to be doing all of the right things that support good health generally, in order to have a strong libido.
Lots of OTC supplements are marketed as sex enhancers but, sadly, they have no scientific evidence showing they work on libido instantly. For one thing, the FDA does not regulate herbs, vitamins and supplements the way it regulates pharmaceuticals. This means that we can’t always believe whatever the product promises, since any claims made don’t have to be proven by the manufacturer. For this reason, we caution that you need to buy the best quality supplements you can. And this often means going through a doctor or a practitioner who can ensure high quality.
But …. combined with a good diet and a healthy lifestyle, some of these things can get your libido zinging in a matter of weeks so read on for the details!
Herbal Libido Boosters
Maca root is a natural remedy for various health conditions, including low libido. Maca is thought to help by rebalancing hormone levels, particularly estrogen and testosterone. This can help improve libido. In one study, 45 women with low libido due to antidepressants found that taking 3,000 milligrams of maca root per day for 12 weeks improved sexual function (Dording CM, 2015).
Ginseng is an herb with health benefits, including aphrodisiac properties. Ginseng improves blood circulation, reduces stress and balances hormone levels. These can all enhance sexual desire.
Ginseng has been found to improve sexual function and reduce symptoms in menopausal women (Ghorbani Z, 2019).
Ashwagandha is an herb commonly used for stress. In one study, women taking ashwagandha for 8 weeks had improvements in sexual function, arousal, lubrication and orgasm (Dongre S, 2015). Ashwagandha is most effective in increasing libido loss due to stress, because it regulates cortisol levels (Dongre S, 2015).
Kava reduces anxiety. When given to people with anxiety, women who took it had increased sex drive. The people whose anxiety decreased reported the greatest improvement in sexual function (Sarris J, 2013). Kava can increase female sex drive due to the significant correlation between sexual function and anxiety. But check with your doctor on kava because it is associated with significant liver damage if taken to excess.
Ginkgo biloba is an herb that can help sexual function and libido. It enhances blood flow, improves circulation and relaxes smooth muscle tissue. These are important for sexual response in women and explain how gingko biloba can increase sexual desire. One study found that ginkgo may have positive effects on sexual function in post-menopausal women, by increasing blood flow to the genitals (Mashhadi ZN, 2021).
Tribulus terrestris can improve sexual desire in women with low libido. In one study, women taking Tribulus terrestris felt improvements in sexual desire, arousal, lubrication, satisfaction and pain (Akhtari E, 2014).
ArginMax for Women is a proprietary nutritional supplement made of extracts of ginseng, ginkgo, L-arginine, multivitamins and minerals. In one study, after 4 weeks of ArginMax, 73.5% of the study group had better satisfaction with their overall sex life (Ito, 2001). Improvements were observed in sexual desire, reduction of vaginal dryness, frequency of sexual intercourse and orgasm and clitoral sensation (Ito, 2001).
** For all herbs & supplements, exercise caution. Some have possible side effects or may interact with medication you may be taking. It is always prudent to ask your doctor first, or ask us at The Libido Doctor, about your individual situation and using these libido booster pills.
In some cases, hormonal imbalances, such as low estrogen or progesterone can be the reason for lower libido. Hormone therapy, with supervision from your doctor, can help address these imbalances. Check out our blog here LINK on hormone therapy.
Raising your estrogen and getting higher levels of estrogen into the body can increase vaginal lubrication and raise libido in women. Increased estrogen levels enhance sexual desire in postmenopausal women (Cappelletti M, 2016).
DHEA is related to pain during sex, vaginal dryness and libido. Low DHEA levels are linked to an increased risk of sexual dysfunction (Rabijewski, 2022). DHEA can improve sexual interest, lubrication, pain, arousal, orgasm and sexual frequency, especially in perimenopausal and postmenopausal women with sexual dysfunction (Peixoto C, 2017).
Testosterone can help post-menopausal women with low libido (Vegunta S, 2019). Testosterone, on its own, and combined with estrogen, increases sexual desire and satisfaction in postmenopausal women (Vegunta S, 2019). In some cases, testosterone can be prescribed off-label to help with low libido in women. However, this can be controversial due to possible side effects of testosterone in women.
And finally, it’s not a pill but vaginal lubricants and moisturizers can be very effective for women experiencing discomfort or pain during intercourse. By using a vaginal lubricant or moisturizer, you can reduce discomfort, improve your sexual experience and potentially increase desire too.
Is it Just Stress?
If your low libido is stress-related, then a focus on adrenal support will help. You can use stress-reducing adaptogenic herbal remedies to bring things back into balance.
The Whole Picture
Take a look at the whole picture and all of the things you need to function well sexually. You can work on the basics yourself by getting these things right:
- Reduce and manage your stress so you can lower cortisol, the stress hormone: try yoga, deep breathing, meditation and time for self-care
- Change your diet and start by decreasing your sugar intake
- Get enough high-quality deep sleep
- Reduce (or eliminate) excessive alcohol consumption
- Exercise for at least 30 minutes daily to improve blood flow
- Change medications that may lower libido: ask your doctor about changing dose or medication type to help with libido issues
- Improve the relationships in your life: not only the one with your sexual partner but also with the important people who have a significant impact on your daily life
- What is going on with your partner? Do you need to work on more passion, more talking or connecting more with your partner?
If you’ve tried many things and still aren’t happy with your sex drive, then get in touch with us at The Libido Doctor. Getting you into a state of optimal health with a strong libido is our aim! We can help to address the cause of low libido and find the solution.
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