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Forty-three percent of American women report some type of sexual problem – lack of interest in sex… inability to have an orgasm… pain during sex… lack of sexual pleasure… anxiety about sex… or trouble lubricating.
Among perimenopausal and menopausal women, the most common of these problems – caused by the drop in sexual and reproductive hormones – is painful intercourse and a decrease in sexual desire.
Now there's a natural way to help you feel sexy again.
A team of researchers from Rutgers University, Stanford University School of Medicine and the University of Hawaii studied 108 women (ages 22 to 73) with sexual problems (lack of sexual desire or trouble getting aroused).
Fifty-nine of the women were premenopausal (irregular periods, leading up to menopause) and 29 were postmenopausal (no periods for at least a year, age 50 or older).
The researchers divided them into two groups. For one month, one group took an herbal and nutritional supplement containing L-arginine (an amino acid), the herbs Korean reg ginseng (Panax ginseng), ginkgo biloba and damiana leaf (Turnera aphrodisiaca), vitamins A, C, E, B-6, B-12, biotin, folate, niacin, pantothenic acid, riboflavin and thiamin, and the minerals calcium, iron and zinc. The other group took a placebo.
At the beginning and end of the study, the women filled out the "Female Sexual Function Index," which quantifies sexual desire, frequency of sex and other indicators of sexual participation and satisfaction.
-More desire and satisfaction for postmenopausal women. Fifty percent of the postmenopausal women taking the supplement had increased sexual desire, compared to 8% for the placebo group. Fifty percent had increased satisfaction with their sexual relationship; placebo, 31%.
-More lubrication, sensation and sex for perimenopausal women. Eighty six percent of perimenopausal women taking the supplement had increased frequency of intercourse, compared to 17% for the placebo group. Seventy-nine percent had increased satisfaction with their sexual relationship; placebo 33%. Seventy-one percent had increased clitoral sensation; placebo, 33%. Sixty-four percent had less vaginal dryness; placebo, 17%.
"There was a greater effect in the perimenopausal women on the physical attributes such as vaginal dryness, frequency of sex and clitoral sensation," say the researchers. "It is possible that this is the stage of life when these attributes are most at issue because of the rapid changes or decrease in hormone supported functions. At some point during the late menopause, the decrease in ovarian hormones may become a more overwhelming factor,"
-More overall satisfaction for pre-menopausal women. Seventy-two percent of premenopausal women taking the supplement had increased intensity of sexual desire, compared to 47% for the placebo group. Sixty percent had increased frequency of sexual desire; placebo, 38%. Sixty-eight percent had increased overall satisfaction with their sex life; placebo, 35%. Fifty-six percent had increased frequency of intercourse; placebo, 26%
And in an earlier study of 77 women with sexual problems, among women who took the supplement 74% had more satisfaction with their sex life… 71% had higher levels of sexual desire… 53% had more clitoral sensation when stimulated… and 47% had greater frequency of orgasms.
"Since this supplement has been shown to exhibit no estrogen activity, it may be a desirable alternative to hormone therapy for sexual concerns," says Beverly Whipple, PhD, RN, professor emeritus at Rutgers University, past-president of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists and a study researcher.
"This is an increasingly important issue as we now have a higher population of menopausal women than ever before," Dr. Whipple continues. "This is the only supplement of its kind that has clinically proven results."
How it works: The amino acid L-arginine converts into nitric oxide (NO), the body's signaling molecule for starting and maintaining the engorgement of sexual organs with blood… ginseng may assist in the conversion of L-arginine to NO… ginkgo biloba improves the microcirculation involved in sexual arousal… damiana reduces anxiety… and the range of vitamins and mineral support general health, a must for normal sexual desire and function.
-The researchers studied ArginMax for Women.
Recommendation: "With no negative side effects reported, the supplement is clearly an option for some women," says Mary Lake Polan, MD, PhD, MPH, the chair of the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics at the Stanford School of Medicine and a study researcher.. "Women who suffer from sexual dysfunc tion should first talk to their doctor before taking a nutritional supplement. There may be a physical reason a woman is experiencing pelvic pain or vaginal dryness, for example, and both of these problems can be treated medically. Or there may be a relationship issue. But ArginMax does give women more choices."
Suggested intake: Follow the dosage recommended on the label, which are six capsules daily.
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