by: Jennifer Gunter
Lack of libido and sexual dysfunction are common problems for women. Thirty percent report no interest in sex, 25% lack of orgasm, and 26% say it doesn’t feel good. These problems are more common for women taking certain anti-depressant medications.
How do you tackle these kind of sexual problems? The female sexual response is a complicated interaction between the brain, nerves, muscles, and blood vessels as well as physical and emotional well being. Because there is so much involved, physically and emotionally, there are few easy fixes.
However, part of the answer might be found in a bottle; ArginMax, a combination of vitamins, minerals, and botanicals. It is an over-the-counter oral preparation of ginseng, ginkgo biloba, damiana, L-arginine, as well as 14 vitamins and minerals. A study testing the efficacy of ArginMax against placebo, performed at Stanford, revealed some impressive results. Women taking ArginMax reported a 70% improvement in sexual desire, a 73% improvement in satisfaction with sex life, a 47% increased frequency of orgasms, and 53% improved clitoral sensation to stimulation. All responses were significantly better than with placebo.
How does ArginMax work? The key mechanism is probably increasing blood flow to the genitals, a necessary step in the female sexual response cycle. Blood flow increases vaginal lubrication and causes clitoral engorgement, two important steps for orgasm.
Ginseng and ginkgo biloba are botanicals, which are believed to increase blood to the genital tissues. L-arginine is an amino acid (a naturally occurring building block of protein), which increases production of nitric oxide, a messenger chemical that also improves genital blood flow.
The damiana, also a botanical, is a shrub found in Central America. There is not a lot of research on its use; however, it has long been promoted as an aphrodisiac. The B vitamins in ArginMax support nerve health.
ArginMax appears safe and there have not been many reports of side effects or bad reactions. However, as with any new supplement or medication, botanical or otherwise, it is best to check with your own personal physician before starting. You may also need to adjust your multi-vitamins and other supplements to make sure you are not exceeding the daily-recommended doses.
If you are having sexual difficulties you should talk with your gynecologist. There are many causes including depression, medical conditions, and hormonal issues. Consider talking with a sex therapist, because emotions, stress, and relationship issues are also big contributors. For some women ArginMax may be one piece of the puzzle. It doesn’t work for everyone, but for more than half the women who try it the results are favorable.
Oh, and there is also an ArginMax for men!