Researchers continue to look for
treatments for raising sexual desire, arousal, and satisfaction. The research includes both devices and herbal supplements.
such as different vitamins and herbs, are promoted as natural treatments for
sexual problems. But most of these products have not been subject to the same
kind of testing for safety and effectiveness that standard
medical treatments must go through before they are approved in the United
If you decide to use an alternative medicine or supplement, follow
- Talk with your doctor first, especially if you are pregnant or trying to
become pregnant, if you take prescription medicines, or if you have another health
- Follow the directions on the label, and don't take more than the
Like testosterone, DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) is an
androgen made in the body. Over-the-counter
not known to improve sexual well-being in healthy women.
- When taken by mouth, has the same risks of
liver damage and negative effects on your
cholesterol levels as
oral testosterone. It also has the same unwanted hair-growth and acne side
effects. This is because the body turns DHEA into testosterone.
- Is not
regulated by the government, so you cannot know for sure how much you are
taking. Some DHEA supplements contain less DHEA than the labels claim. Others
contain more than the labels claim.
Eros Therapy Device
This is a small
battery-operated device used to stimulate engorgement of the clitoris. It was cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for sale in the U.S. in 2000.
Using this device is said to increase lubrication and clitoral sensation, to help with achieving orgasm, and to improve women's sexual satisfaction.
Initial studies have shown good results in women reporting sexual problems and also in women recovering from cervical cancer treatment.4