Related Terms :
- Antidepressant-induced Sexual Dysfunction
- Female Sexual Arousal Disorder
- Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder
- Low Libido in Women
Other Proposed Natural Treatments
Probably Not Effective Treatments
Although male sexual problems have long been the subject of intensive medical research, the equivalent problems in women have received relatively little attention until recently. The tremendous commercial success of the drug Viagra has lately prompted pharmaceutical companies to focus attention on finding a comparable treatment for women.
Loss of libido, painful intercourse, and difficulty achieving orgasm trouble many women. In most cases, the cause is unknown. Possible identifiable causes include side effects from drugs such as antidepressants or sedatives, hormonal insufficiency, or adrenal insufficiency.
Current conventional treatments for sexual dysfunction in women are limited, except when a simple fixable cause is present (such as use of an antidepressant in the SSRI category).
Proposed Natural Treatments
Although there is no good evidence for natural treatments for sexual dysfunction, several substances have shown promising results in preliminary trials. These include DHEA, yohimbine, and arginine.
Some evidence suggests that the hormone dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) may be helpful for improving sexual function in older women, but not in younger women.
DHEA is produced by the adrenal glands. Levels of DHEA decline naturally with age and fall precipitately in cases of adrenal failure. Because both elderly people and those with adrenal insufficiency report a drop in libido, several studies have examined whether supplemental DHEA can increase libido in these groups.
For more information, including dosage and safety issues, see the full DHEA article.
Note : Yohimbine and the herb yohimbe are relatively dangerous substances in general. They should only be used under physician supervision.
The other constituents used in these combination therapies may also present some risks (see the full articles for safety issues).
Other treatments often proposed for treating female sexual dysfunction, but that lack any meaningful supporting evidence, include horny goat weed , maca , molybdenum , diindolylmethane (DIM) and Rhodiola rosea .
- Reviewer: EBSCO CAM Review Board
- Review Date: 07/2012 -
- Update Date: 07/25/2012 -