“Unleash Your Inner Desire: Best Supplements for Low Libido?
Low libido in women is a pretty common problem. Most of us have been there at some point in our lives. In fact, it affects about 40% of women and can make their quality of life worse (Ajgaonkar A, 2022).
Good sex is so good for health so it’s worth trying to address any libido issues you may be having.
There are herbs & supplements that can help with libido issues.
If you want relief from low libido (don’t we all?), then check out these best supplements for low libido. Also, learn more at our blog: Low Libido in Women.
“Unlock your passion: Discover the best supplements for women with low libido.”
Tribulus terrestris is an herb that has aphrodisiac properties. It can improve sexual desire and increase sexual satisfaction in men and women. In research, it raises libido and testosterone in women. It improves desire, sexual arousal, lubrication, orgasm and satisfaction (Vale, 2018). It can help pre-menopausal women with low sex drive. It is thought to work so well because it increases testosterone (Vale, 2018).
“Rediscover your passion: The definitive guide to the best supplements for women with low libido.”
Maca root has been called both a ‘superfood’ and the ‘Peruvian Viagra’. This is because it increases vitality, enhances fertility and libido and reduces symptoms of menopause (Beharry S, 2018). Results can be mixed but it does definitely help in some cases of menopause. For libido, again the results are mixed, but it is certainly worth trying.
But don’t despair if it doesn’t help with libido issues because there are other options out there to raise libido.
Fenugreek is an herb commonly used in Indian cooking.
It also can increase testosterone and a type of estrogen hormone called E2 (Rao A, 2015). This can make it a useful treatment for increasing sexual arousal and desire in women (Rao A, 2015).
Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic herb often used for stress management.
It also improves sexual function in women, specifically improving desire, lubrication, arousal, orgasm and sexual satisfaction (Ajgaonkar A, 2022).
Supplements that can boost libido are:
L-arginine is an amino acid that has long been used for erectile dysfunction in men. But in turns out that L-arginine can also help women.
In research, it can benefit pre-, peri- and post-menopausal women with low libido (Cieri-Hutcherson NE, 2021). There is evidence that blended products containing l-arginine can raise libido.
It is not clear if l-arginine alone works but we can recommend trying a combination product with l-arginine (Cieri-Hutcherson NE, 2021).
L-arginine is found in meats and fish, as well as nuts, seeds and legumes.
Zinc is a mineral that we need for overall health and a strong immune system.
It increases testosterone levels (Mazaheri Nia L, 2021). In research, zinc supplementation significantly improved sexual desire, arousal, orgasm, satisfaction and vaginal moisture during intercourse (Mazaheri Nia L, 2021). In post-menopausal women, it can improve testosterone levels and sexual function (Mazaheri Nia L, 2021).
Zinc is found in high levels in oysters, which is why oysters are considered an aphrodisiac.
You can experiment with all of the above herbs and supplements to raise your libido. But it is important to also get the basics right. This means eating a well-rounded and nutritious diet.
If you want to know more about that, just ask us!
Vitamins that support overall health and boost women’s libido are:
Vitamin B3, and the B complex vitamins, are important for overall energy and hormone balance. They support adrenal health and give strength in the face of stress.
Vitamin E is involved in testosterone and estrogen production.
It improves blood flow and oxygen to sexual organs.
A probiotic supports good gut health, which is the health foundation of overall health.
Is Menopause Lowering your Libido?
Hormone levels can plummet at this time of life and cause a range of symptoms. Low libido is one possible symptom.
To raise low libido, you might need hormonal support.
Hormones that can boost libido are:
DHEA is the hormone of Youth. Research shows that DHEA can reduce menopause symptoms such as low libido and hot flashes (Rabijewski, 2022). It helps pre-menopausal women with sexual disorders and low libido (Rabijewski, 2022).
DHEA is also good for post-menopausal women with low libido issues and we see in research that low DHEA levels are linked to an increased risk of sexual dysfunction (Rabijewski, 2022).
Testosterone is more commonly associated with men, but women have and need testosterone as well.
Testosterone is important in women, particularly in regulation of libido and sexual arousal. Testosterone has been used to treat post-menopausal women with low libido (Vegunta S, 2019).
Low-dose testosterone therapy can be very effective for post-menopausal women looking to raise libido as part of a plan to address sexual health (Vegunta S, 2019).
With all supplements, herbs or vitamins, side effects are possible. Everything mentioned in this article is safe for consumption.
But you should be aware that side effects are still possible from supplements. It can be individualized based on your own physiology.
If you do experience any odd side effects then discontinue the supplement immediately.
Ask us if you need more info.
Quality is super important when selecting supplements and herbs.
There are many types, brands and varying qualities of supplements out there. It can be hard to know which is the right one for you. We advocate getting the best quality, cleanest version of a supplement or herb that you can find. This usually comes with the professional line brands. If you need help picking a high-quality supplement and getting the dosage right, then reach out to us at the Libido Doctor. We can help.
Foods that can boost libido are:
While we’re on the topic of raising libido, why not try out some aphrodisiac foods known for boosting libido?
- Artichokes or Asparagus
- A little red wine (in moderation!)
- Chili pepper
- Dark chocolate (do we need an even better reason for chocolate?!)
- Honey (make sure it’s raw)
Why not indulge in a romantic dinner for two? Oysters, asparagus and chocolate-dipped strawberries / figs for dessert with a small amount of red wine (1 glass) thrown in? Simply planning a sexy dinner of aphrodisiac foods will get you both in the mood.
At My Libido Doc, we want to help you get in the mood for sexy time!