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The complete list for every one of these eight supplements was examined and every single one of the thirty one ingredients was researched thoroughly by a molecular biologist.Sources such as material health and safety data sheets and peer reviewed scientific literature were used. Each ingredient was scrutinized for safety, efficacy and potency.

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50 Caps

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This top-of-the-line hemp oil sets the standard for others, from its USDA organic certification to its avoidance of GMOs in its formulation.

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This top-of-the-line hemp oil sets the standard for others, from its USDA organic certification to its avoidance of GMOs in its formulation.

Cons

Some dislike the taste of the oil, while others can have allergic reactions, sore throats, and stomach aches.

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90 Caps

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This contains three proven compounds of eight included. The list of ingredients in this supplement was fairly standard when supplements for female sexual function were introduced.

Pros

Contains Maca Root, Ginsing and Tribulus terrestalis proven to work.

Cons

Bleeding disorders, patients on blood thinners,during lactation, mango or cashew allergies, estrogen sensitive conditions.

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90 Caps

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This contains three proven compounds of seven included. The list of ingredients in this supplement was fairly standard when supplements for female sexual function were introduced.

Pros

Contains Maca Root, Ginsing and Tribulus terrestalis proven to work

Cons

Some dislike the taste of the oil, while others can have allergic reactions, sore throats, and stomach aches.

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60 Caps

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List of ingredients varies the most from other supplements available. The two proven ingredients in this supplement don’t appear in the majority of other supplements. This formula contains six separate ingredients. If other more traditional supplements haven’t worked well for you in the past this might be worth a try.

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Contains Red Clover and Asparagus extracts proven to work

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Liver disease, birth control pills, estrogen sensitive conditions, Parkinson’s disease, pregnancy, lactation

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This supplement contains 13 different ingredients including 6 with proven properties, however it also contains a substance on the FDA poison food database. For that reason it is not recommended.

Pros

The inclusion of Rhodiola rosea outweighs any positives this supplement has.

Cons

Bleeding disorders, patients on blood thinners, during lactation, mango or cashew allergies, during pregnancy, estrogen sensitive conditions

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The complete list for every one of these eight supplements was examined and every single one of the thirty one ingredients was researched thoroughly by a molecular biologist.

Sources such as material health and safety data sheets and peer reviewed scientific literature were used. Each ingredient was scrutinized for safety, efficacy and potency.

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Shopping guide for the best female sexual supplements

Last Updated October 2018

It seems these days that there are supplements available for every ailment available, usually even multiple supplements in every category.

Supplements in general should be well researched before you decide to take them and those that include a blend of ingredients require A LOT of research.

It’s probably not wise or sufficient to make a choice using your phone when you’re already in the aisle at the store. 

Sometimes we can think of supplements as totally harmless and perfectly safe and that can be and is true for most people, most of the time.

But these compounds can have effects in our bodies as well, after all isn’t that why we take them in the first place?

Most of the ingredients are perfectly safe but sometimes for some people a particular ingredient can interact with a medication they’re already taking or complicate a medical condition they are dealing with. 

The safest option is always to discuss your choice, before you take anything with your doctor and or pharmacist no matter what category the supplement you are considering falls into sexual health or anything else.

For most people and most ingredients there won’t be cause for any sort of alarm or possible negative outcomes.

However for some people, a few ingredients could cause problematic outcomes. 

I think that you deserve to be made aware of that wherever possible but you should know that even if you have a complicating factor for a particular ingredient side effects are usually rare and mild but talk to a medical professional you trust about your personal circumstances first.

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How does desire and arousal differ in women and men

The origins of male and female sexual arousal are in some ways quite similar and simple but can also be considered more complex and they do have very distinct differences.

They are similar in that they are both under hormonal control. In both sexes the aroused state is aided by the hormone testosterone. In men this is largely the whole hormonal story, testosterone is important for the desire and the erection.

In women sufficient levels of testosterone is thought to be largely responsible for desire however sufficient estrogen levels are required for the biological changes in a woman’s body in the aroused state.

This makes sense as we know women’s estrogen levels fall during and after menopause and many women will find that a personal lubricant is also appreciated in this stage of life. See, similar but also different and more complex in women.When we look at what stimuli in the world get the sexes going this is similar but also different as well and once again ladies are more complicated. But you already knew that didn’t you? This can also vary a lot from person to person as well. Men, regardless of sexual orientation tend to get in the mood in response to visual stimulation. In other words if they like what they see they enter an aroused state. For men this can even be triggered by body parts alone and they usually have a favorite one. Even when watching pornography researchers have noted that it’s usually one body part alone that makes or breaks the experience for a man.Women however tend to be more focused on the experience and the partner as a whole, again regardless of sexual orientation. Women will focus on body parts as well but they also are likely to describe the smell, feel and touch of their partners.

Women are more likely than men to enjoy erotic fiction partially because they even pay attention to the context of sexual encounters even when indulging in fantasy. For most women, and probably men this information comes as no surprise.

EXPERT TIP

Arousal and sexual function in women does share some biological and stimuli in common with men but in general it is more complicated and nuanced in women.

What is known about the biochemistry of women’s libidos?

It’s not a surprise that male sexual disfunction has been studied SO MUCH MORE than female sexual disfunction. This is for two reasons, one is that if a man is unable to preform sexually it’s painfully obvious and that most researchers and doctors have historically been men. 
But the ladies are starting to catch up in this regard too, more and more is becoming clear about women’s sexual health and that’s a really great thing!
-Early female sexual supplements were generally just the male version repackaged for men.
-Some of those ingredients did work for both genders but new research shows that many compounds are specific to women.
-Since women’s sexual desire is multifaceted and complex including more ingredients in a product, ideally ones that are proven to work, there is a better chance that the product will work better for more women in more situations.

EXPERT TIP

For most people and most ingredients in all of the different supplements won’t be cause for any sort of alarm or possible negative outcomes. However for some people, a few ingredients could cause problematic outcomes.

What categories do these ingredients fall into
There are many ways to group the ingredients efficacy, dosage but one other way is safety. Almost all of the ingredients on this list had some antidotal evidence that they worked. That means at least some people thought that it worked for them. 
Others had scientific studies done that proved that they work. In a few cases some of these supplements included ingredients targeted at general good health. Such as vitamins and minerals that women are commonly deficient in that you’re probably more used to thinking of as part of a multi-vitamin. 
Including these sorts of ingredients in a supplement is a great idea and likely to mean more people that take these supplements will see a positive effect of some sort. 
Generally being in good health is a common sense way to help you want to participate in sexual activity. Plus these overall health boosting ingredients have well established histories and a proven safe track record. Looking at the safety of ingredients they generally fell into three categories.-Those safe for everyone to use unless you have a specific allergy-Those that are safe for most people to use but can interact with medications or aggravate certain medical conditions.-In one case an ingredient was included that is not considered safe by the FDAIt’s always safest to ask your doctor and or pharmacist first before you start taking a medication.
Just because you have a potential interaction doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t take a certain supplement. It means you should ask a medical professional you trust first that is familiar with your specific circumstances.

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When deciding whether or not to take a new supplement, vitamin or prescription medication it’s best to bring in ALL the different medications of all types that you currently take daily and on a regular basis.

How do you factor in cost when making a sexual supplement choice

Most of these supplements cost about the same amount per bottle so there isn’t a huge cost difference between options. Here are some cost factors you should consider.-Number of capsules per bottle-Number of capsules to be taken each day-Daily cost of a given supplement-The number of proven ingredients a supplement has-Effectiveness of a particular supplement It’s not a deal if it doesn’t work for you!

Female Sexual Supplements FAQ

How long will they take to work?

Medications can be effective in the body in a matter of minutes like Tylenol and cold medication or can take time to build up to effective levels in the body over may days or even a couple of weeks like SSRI’s. The good news is by the time you get close to finishing your first bottle you’ll have had lots of time for both modes of action to take place.

How will I know if it’s working?

A really great way it to keep track of how you’re feeling and any symptoms you might be experiencing. Write down the list of things you want help with from the supplement before you start taking it so you can objectively tell if there is a difference. Then once you start check in every few days and see if these issues are staying the same, improving or getting worse. Make sure to give it a few weeks to make a difference though.

Is there any way to make sure I’m not suffering ill effects?

Yes, check with your pharmacist or doctor before starting the supplement and be honest about taking it as well as your lifestyle and any other medications you are taking prescribed or not. Your doctor can order blood tests to check a myriad of things including liver function either after or before and after you start taking it if you want to be extra careful. Checking with medical professionals is generally enough for most women. Just make sure to ask what symptoms to be on the look out for in your specific case.

How were the medical studies done for the ingredients that were studied?

Not all of the ingredients have been subjected to clinical trials but for those that were double blind self-reported studies were done. Double blind studies are the gold standard in medical research. Patients were given the active ingredient or a placebo and not told which. The people interacting with both groups also don’t know which patients are in each group. The women then reported the frequency and satisfaction of sexual activity along with their symptoms and any changes they noted. Only after the study period concluded was it revealed who was in each group. To be considered effective the results had to meet the statistical criteria that effects were not likely due to chance alone. Then and only then is an ingredient proven to work.

What else can I do to enhance my sexual function?

Whether you decide supplements are right for you or not there are other things you can try to boost your sexual and overall health. One of the proven methods is also one of the easiest things you can do! Try your best to maintain an active lifestyle and a healthy body weight. Getting 30 minuets of regular exercise like brisk walking 3 to 5 times a week can make a big difference. Not only will you feel better you’ll be more confident too! Talking to your partner about your needs and desires is a great place to start as well.

If I’ve tried one in the past with out results should I try again?

That’s really up to you but if you do decide to try again look for one with different ingredients than the supplement you tried last time. There is a lot of overlap in ingredients and in general the supplements and they can be divided into two formula categories, older formulations and those that include more and newer ingredients. If you’re trying again make sure to try a formula that isn’t just a duplication of the first one you tried.

Anna Olson

Allison holds a PhD in Biology specializing in cell and molecular biology and undergraduate degree in biochemistry with a minor in theoretical physics. 
She has taught at four universities in Eastern Canada and currently consults masters and doctoral students. 
She helps them troubleshoot their own research projects when she’s not busy working for her family’s business.
She believes that peer-reviewed scientific research is the best source when looking for information on a given subject.
 Allison also lives a healthy vegetarian lifestyle and enjoys competing in various races including half marathons and triathlons.

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