Sexual dysfunction is experienced by roughly 50% women in the United States. Sedentary lifestyle, unhealthy eating habits, stress, menopause and a number of factors come into play when distress replaces enjoyment arising from sexual activity. Women might feel incapacitated during their sexual encounters and any of the stages in a sexual response, namely desire, arousal, plateau, orgasm or resolution might become problematic due to loss of female libido. The result is an adverse effect on emotional bonding and increased levels of distress and frustration. Five natural treatments have gained popularity in the area of healing female sexual dysfunction.
• DHEA – DHEA (dehydroepiandosterone), a natural hormone produced by the adrenal glands, is converted into estrogen and testosterone for a normally functioning female libido. A decline in DHEA and adrenal insufficiency results due to the natural ageing process.
Researchers claim based on clinical evidence, that replenishing this hormone synthetically
might restore lost balance in the endocrine system. However, the research results
from three studies undertaken by contemporaries did not achieve consistent results
and more long-
Women undergoing DHEA therapy must be supervised by a registered medical practitioner
in the field. Their hormone levels must be checked at regular intervals. Acne, excessive
hair growth resembling males, high blood pressure, decreased HDL cholesterol, fat
concentration around the waist and liver toxicity are frequently reported side-
Women with breast, ovarian or endometrial cancer, which is related to hormones, must avoid DHEA since it is converted to estrogen and testosterone on uptake. Pregnant and nursing women must strictly avoid DHEA therapy. Further, women using certain medications including barbituates, steroids, cisplatin or estrogen replacement therapy must not undergo DHEA therapy as the latter can adversely effect functioning of medications.
• Ginkgo – Ginkgo Biloba is an ancient Chinese remedy for cognitive impairment,
disorders of the circulatory system and certain respiratory conditions. Preliminary
studies have suggested the efficacy of Ginkgo Biloba in restoring normal sexual drive
in women, disrupted from side effects of anti-
• Yohimbe – Yohimbe was a herbal remedy in use by ancient folk to treat sexual dysfunction. However, it turns out that Yohimbe has severe adverse side effects and considered a dangerous herb.
• Damiana – The Mayan people from Central America used Damiana to enhance sexual drive in both men and women. Damiana is frequently described as a stimulant and aphrodisiac. However, there is no scientific basis for such claims.