Pygeum africanum is an extract from the African cherry tree.
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Some studies suggest that taking a Pygeum supplement can improve sexual health and increase pleasure during sex or masturbation.
If you have questions about side effects, talk to your healthcare provider.
What is pygeum used for?
Pygeum africanum, known by many as Pygeum, is an extract from the African cherry tree. It is sometimes referred to as the African plum tree, or its scientific names Prunus africanum and Pygeum africanum (1).
The Pygeum plant is natively found on the slopes of mountains in central and southern Africa. It's also found on the nearby islands of São-Tomé, Grande Comore, Bioko, and Madagascar (1).
Pygeum has been used in traditional African medicine to treat prostate gland inflammation - commonly known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). It's also been used to treat kidney disorders, lower urinary tract issues, and other types of inflammation (2).
What are the benefits of taking Pygeum for sex?
The internet is packed with people who love to take Pygeum supplements for sex or masturbation. Search YouTube or Reddit for Pygeum and, no pun intended, you'll come across a variety of enthusiasts who love to have better orgasms using Pygeum supplements for sex.
Many forums like Reddit have posts from men raving about Pygeum's ability to increase their cum dribble to Olympic-level cum shooting abilities. Other men simply use Pygeum to supplement a small cum shot and increase their orgasmic pleasure. Some couples even use Pygeum to treat male infertility due to low seminal volume!
Whether for improving sex or improving sperm health, men across the world love using Pygeum for sexual pleasure & improving fertility.
Does Pygeum really work for sex?
The evidence from current studies on Pygeum suggest that Pygeum improves urologic symptoms and flow measures. While the academic research about Pygeum africanum is primarily limited to its effects on benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), there are a number of sexual health benefits that studies have identified as positive side effects of taking a Pygeum supplement for sex.
Two of the most commonly reported sexual health benefits of using Pygeum for sex are increased semen volume and increased sperm health (3).
Additionally, some research has indicated that Pygeum can make orgasms feel better due to increased semen volume. That's right, it feels good to cum more!
Preliminary research looks promising, though further study is needed to specifically determine its effectiveness as a sexual health supplement. Most existing research about Pygeum has been focused on prostate disorders like BPH, otherwise known as an enlarged prostate (4).
How long does it take for Pygeum to work?
In one meta-analysis (a review of multiple studies) from researchers in Paris, France, Pygeum africanum extract was found to be effective after 2 months when using either a 50 mg, twice daily dose or a 100 mg once daily dose. Further, they found that the effectiveness of Pygeum continued to increase when taken daily over 12 months (3).
A meta-analysis of 6 studies on the effectiveness of Pygeum found it to be an effective treatment for an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia)
Does Pygeum increase seminal volume?
Though we're in the early stages of modern research about sexual health, there have been recent studies showing promising results for supplements like Pygeum in improving sexual satisfaction. Most studies to date about Pygeum africanum have been focused on its effects on the prostate and urinary function.
Researchers continue to explore Pygeum's benefits for sexual pleasure and prostate health. From previous studies, we've learned that there are 3 commonly reported side effects from taking a Pygeum supplement:
- Less night-time trips to the bathroom
- Less dribbles of urine after urination
- Increased semen volume
Does Pygeum help increase male fertility?
Male infertility is often either a semen problem or a sperm health problem. Further, researchers have shown that increased semen volume and ejaculate fluid is required to transport healthy sperm into the female reproductive tract. So as you might expect, higher ejaculation quality is related to male fertility since healthy sperm have a better shot to fertilize an egg.
Thus, increasing seminal fluid volume with Pygeum is of interest to many men who are trying to conceive. Seminal fluid volume is a key factor in semen analysis, which is conducted to investigating male infertility related to healthy sperm. For men who are found to have a low-volume ejaculation, further analysis is generally required by a healthcare professional (4).
Does Pygeum interact with other drugs?
There are not currently well-documented instances of Pygeum interacting with other medications. That being said, if you have questions about side effects from Pygeum or other substances, you should talk to a healthcare professional.
How much Pygeum extract is in Load Boost?
Load Boost contains 100 mg of Pygeum africanum extract. It is specifically formulated with Pygeum and other nutrients that have been shown to increase sexual health or sexual pleasure in some studies at some dosages.
- The Old World species of Prunus subg. Laurocerasus including those formerly referred to Pygeum. Biodiversity, Evolution and Biogeography of Plants , Volume 13 - Issue 1 p. 1- 115.
- Pygeum africanum for benign prostatic hyperplasia. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD001044.
- Comparison of once and twice daily dosage forms of Pygeum africanum extract in patients with benign prostatic hyperplasia: a randomized, double-blind study, with long-term open label extension. doi: 10.1016/s0090-4295(99)00147-8.
- Steps in the investigation and management of low semen volume in the infertile man. doi: 10.5489/cuaj.1180.