What is Libido?
Libido is sexual drive and it exists in both men and women. A person with a higher libido has a better sexual urge and also proves to be a better performer in the sexual act. The amount of libido varies from person to person; and even in the same person, libido is different from one age to another. Especially in women, libido shows drastic fluctuations. It has been seen that female libido is very low at the following times:-
- When the women are having their menstrual periods,
- When the women are either pregnant or are breastfeeding their newborn babies,
- When the women are reaching near or passing through their menopause,
- Under normal stress conditions which may be due to financial, family or other kind of problems, etc.
Generally, it has been observed that libidos are higher in younger women and decrease as their age advances.
On the other hand, there are times when female libidos are at their peaks. This is observed when women are in romantic love with a man, or when they are newly married and want to experiment. Libido is also high when women are going through their initial pubertal changes, such as development of breasts and nipples and widening of the hips. It has been widely believed that libido depends on the hormonal balance of the woman. Greater the amount of female sex hormones like estrogen, progesterone and prostaglandin, higher is the libido.
Women who do not have a libido often are called as frigid. Frigid women may never have a sexual drive at all. This condition is also due to hormonal imbalances.
Products to Enhance Female Libido
Female libido reduction is a very common problem in the urban areas of the advanced countries like the US, Canada and UK. The stressful lives that women have to generally lead, balancing both their careers and their families, take their toll on their sexual drive. Hence, there is a tremendous demand for female libido enhancing products in such countries.
First and foremost, it is necessary to mention that there is no greater libido enhancer than a loving and caring male partner. When a woman loses her sex drive, the love of her man is the best bet to make her feel confident about herself and her sexuality. Since libido reduction is more a psychological problem than a physical one, this method works the best.
Having said that, it is now time to see what different female libido enhancing products are available in the market. Today, female libido enhancers are available in all kinds of forms, like pills, powders, creams, oils, lotions, sprays, etc. They can be either orally ingested or simply applied over the vagina. Most products require regular use – like the pills – but others like the oils and creams are supposed to work even if they are applied just hours or even minutes before the sexual act.
The following is a list of the most commonly used ingredients for female libido enhancement:-
(i) Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) – Ashwagandha is a native Indian herb that has been respected since centuries for the many benefits it provides in maintaining male and female sexual health. In women, Ashwagandha is used by women for breast enhancement, better lactation and for improving the general femininity. Only recently has its use as a possible libido enhancer been discovered.
(ii) Eleuthero (Eleutherococcus senticosus) – Eleuthero is popularly known as the Siberian ginseng. Its use in female libido enhancement has been acknowledged since the past two millennia. It is also known to bring the body back to its normal state once the excitation of sex is done with.
(iii) Maca (Lepidium meyenii) – Maca is probably the most popularly used female libido enhancement ingredient in the world today. Maca is a native plant of Peru and it possesses several alkaloids that can stimulate the female sex. Maca was being used since centuries for increasing male libido. Only recently has its spectrum been widened to cover female libido as well.
(iv) Catuaba (Erythroxylum catuaba) – Catuaba grows naturally in the Brazilian rainforests. The bark of the catuaba is supposed to have properties for increasing male as well as female sexual drives.
(v) Roseroot (Rhodiola rosea) – Roseroot is a plant that grows in high altitudes of Europe and Asia. The extracts of this plant are adaptogens, i.e. they can help the body adapt to the different day-to-day conditions and bring the body back to a normal optimal state.
Today, many new products are being discovered to enhance female libido. Perhaps the most innovative product, which is yet under research, is a kind of a testosterone patch that goes directly in the vagina, over the clitoris. This can directly stimulate the clitoris. This product has not yet been released into the market.
Another product is designed to stimulate the clitoris by drawing in suction over it. This product has been launched in 2001 itself, under the brand name of EROS, but this has not yet found widespread appeal, especially among the older women.
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