Natural Medication to Help a Woman Climax: A Comprehensive Guide

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June 28, 2023

When it comes to your sex life, there are a lot of things that matter: your body, your identity, and your personal relationships. And experts agree that "sexual health" isn’t just your physical health. It also involves feeling satisfied, safe, and fulfilled, no matter what sexual activities you enjoy. 

Many women have challenges with sexual health. Common problems include:

  • Lack of interest in sex 
  • Trouble getting lubricated (wet) before and during sex
  • Pain or discomfort during sex
  • Difficulty having an orgasm
  • Muscle spasms that interfere with penetration

If these issues sound familiar, you’re not alone. Research shows that 40% of women worldwide have challenges with sex at some point. To fix these problems, women frequently try natural supplements, sexual wellness devices, and home remedies. 

Before we jump into the options, here are a few sexual health definitions to keep in mind:

  • Sex: Sex is more than just penis-in-vagina penetration. It includes all of the behaviors humans use and activities they participate in to express their sexuality, including vaginal, oral, and anal penetration, in addition to masturbation (touching yourself).
  • Libido: Libido is another word for your "sex drive". It is your desire to have sex, think about sex, or engage in other sexual activities.
  • Arousal: Sexual arousal is your body’s physical and emotional response to sexual stimulation. In other words, it’s when you feel "turned on."
  • Orgasm: Orgasm is the physical and emotional climax of sexual excitement. It often follows arousal, especially during sex or masturbation.

A note about the language in this guide: Although the wording here is centered on cisgender women with vaginas, we want to emphasize that women’s bodies (and genitals) come in all shapes and sizes. All readers are welcome here. 

With all this in mind, here’s an evidence-based guide to over-the-counter supplements, sexual wellness devices, and lifestyle choices that can support a healthy sex life - no matter what that means for you.

Are there over-the-counter supplements to help women's sex and libido?

Yes. There are many products on the market that claim to support sexual health, and options continue to grow. Over-the-counter supplements are the first choice of many women who want to make a change in their sex life, which begs the question: Do they work? 

A comprehensive guide to sexual health supplements for women

Let's examine common ingredients that are found in sexual health products for libido, wetness, and general sexual health for women. For each, we'll cover what the ingredient is, whether or not it works, and other important information from healthcare professionals and researchers.

At a high level, we'll cover the following:

  • Prebiotics: Fructooligosaccharide (FOS)
  • Probiotics: Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Lactobacillus crispatus, Lactobacillus gasseri
  • Nutraceutical Proteins: Lactoferrin
  • Vitamins & Minerals: Vitamin E, Vitamin D, L-Arginine
  • Plant Extracts: Maca, Chasteberry, Ginkgo Biloba, Puncturevine, Red Clover

Lactobacillus rhamnosus, L. crispatus, and L. gasseri

What is it?

The human vagina is colonized by a variety of microbes. Lactobacilli are the most common, and they are mainly in healthy women. It improves adherence of vaginal epithelia cells, which promotes a healthier overall mucosa. It is also protective against several pathogens that cause bacterial and yeast infections.

Lactobacilli comes in many species. A few that are commonly found in a healthy vagina are Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Lactobacillus crispatus, and Lactobacillus gasseri.

Does it work?

Yes. Studies have shown that probiotic blends containing different species of Lactobacilli can inhibit growth of harmful vaginal pathogens, helping prevent conditions like bacterial vaginosis (BV) and aerobic vaginitis (AV).

A healthy vaginal bacterial environment is a key piece to vaginal wetness, sex drive, and other factors of your sexual health.

Important to know

Overall, studies demonstrate that the Lactobacilli combinations can be an effective treatment against vaginal E. coli, and probiotic strains can ultimately be helpful to treat bacterial vaginal infections.

Fructooligosaccharides (FOS)

What is it?

Fructooligosaccharides (FOS) are a form of carbohydrate. The term saccharide is another word for sugar, and an oligosaccharide is a molecule made up of a small group of these sugars.

FOS are notable because research shows they can be metabolized by vaginal bacteria strains that are commonly found in healthy vaginas, such as strains of Lactobaccilis, while unhealthy bacterial strains that cause infections cannot metabolize it.

Does it work?

It looks promising as a vaginal health supplement. While more research is needed, one study found that oligosaccharides promote the growth of the three beneficial strains of Lactobacillus, while they do not promote the growth of pathogenic microorganisms often encountered in vaginal infections such as Candida albicans, Escherichia coli and Gardnerella vaginalis.

This study also found that pathogenic microorganisms are unable to metabolize oligosaccharides, while Lactobacilli strains that are beneficial for vaginal health can metabolize oligosaccharides. Thus, lactobacilli and oligosaccharides are good candidates for incorporation in a formula to prevent vaginal infections.

Important to know

Since FOS feed bacteria, there is also the chance that they can feed unfriendly bacteria in the gut. While some studies suggest that various harmful strains of bacteria do not feed on FOS, more research is needed.

Some people may be more sensitive to side effects from FOS. Severe allergic reactions may cause anaphylactic shock, which is a potentially fatal response. If you have signs of allergic reaction, then you should contact a healthcare professional immediately.

Vitamin E (Alpha-Tocopherol)

What is it?

Vitamin E is the collective name for a group of fat soluble antioxidants that are needed by your body to combat the harmful effects of free radicals, support your body's immune system, and it is involved in blood clotting processes.

Does it work?

Yes. Studies show that Vitamin E helps protect against and reverse vaginal atrophy and dryness. This is because Vitamin E has a protective effect on polyunsaturated cell membrane phospholipids.

Studies also suggest that it helps temper hot flashes caused by menopause.

Important to know

Research has not found any adverse effects from consuming vitamin E in food. The recommended daily allowance for Vitamin E depends on your age and if you are pregnant and/or lactating:

AgeBaseline Recommended Daily AllowancePregnancyLactation
1-3 years6 mg
4-8 years7 mg
9-13 years11 mg
14+ years15 mg15 mg19 mg
Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDAs) for Vitamin E (Alpha-Tocopherol) (Source: Institute of Medicine, Food & Nutrition Board)

That being said, high doses of alpha-tocopherol supplements can cause hemorrhage and interrupt blood coagulation in animals, and in vitro data suggest that high doses inhibit platelet aggregation. Two clinical trials have found an increased risk of hemorrhagic stroke in participants taking alpha-tocopherol; one trial included Finnish male smokers who consumed 50 mg/day for an average of 6 years and the other trial involved a large group of male physicians in the United States who consumed 400 IU (180 mg) of synthetic vitamin E every other day for 8 years.

The following is the recommended upper limit for Vitamin E intake:

AgeTolerable Upper Intake LevelPregnancyLactation
1-3 years200 mg
4-8 years300 mg
9-13 years600 mg
14-18 years800 mg800 mg800 mg
19+ years1,000 mg1,000 mg1,000 mg
Tolerable Upper Intake Levels (ULs) for Vitamin E (Source: Institute of Medicine, Food & Nutrition Board)

Vitamin D (Alpha-Tocopherol)

What is it?

Vitamin D (also referred to as "calciferol") is a fat-soluble vitamin that is naturally present in some foods, added to other foods, and available as a dietary supplement. It is also produced by your body when ultraviolet (UV) rays from sunlight strike the skin and trigger vitamin D synthesis.

Does it work?

It looks promising as a sexual health supplement for women. Studies show that Vitamin D improves reported sexual function scores in women. It has also been shown to increase female sexual desire, increase orgasm intensity, sexual satisfaction.

Important to know

About 50% to 90% of vitamin D is absorbed through the skin via sunlight while the rest comes from the diet. Twenty minutes of sunshine daily with over 40% of skin exposed is required to prevent vitamin D deficiency.

Depending on where you live, the above guidance may not be enough to prevent vitamin D deficiency. Except during the summer months, the skin makes little to no vitamin D from the sun at latitudes above 37 degrees north (in the United States, the shaded region on the map below) or below 37 degrees south of the equator. Studies show that people who live in these areas are at a greater risk for vitamin D deficiency.

Chasteberry (Vitex agnus-castus)

What is it?

Chasteberry is a Mediterranean plant that has traditionally been used for skin conditions and reproductive health. It’s also called vitex, chaste tree, or monk’s pepper. There’s some evidence that chasteberry can have anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effects. It may also affect hormone production and activity, including that of progesterone and estrogen — two hormones that are important for your sexual health.

Does it work?

Maybe. In at least one study, chasteberry improved vaginal tone and lubrication — which could make it especially helpful for menopause-related pain and discomfort during sex. There’s also evidence that chasteberry can help specifically with premenstrual syndrome (PMS), so it could be useful for women who have PMS-related sexual problems.

Important to know

Overall, chasteberry seems to be safe, but some people do have mild side effects like an upset stomach, a headache, and itching. It’s also not clear whether it’s safe for people with hormone-sensitive conditions (like certain cancers). Be aware that chasteberry can interact with several medications, like birth control pills and antipsychotics.


What is it?

L-arginine is an amino acid. Amino acids are building blocks that your body uses to make proteins. Your body is usually able to make all the L-arginine it needs, but you can also get it by eating:

  • Meat
  • Fish
  • Dairy
  • Vegetables
  • Whole grains

L-arginine provides the raw material your body needs to make nitric oxide, a molecule that opens your blood vessels. Nitric oxide makes it easier for blood to flow to your genitals. Good blood flow is important for sexual arousal and orgasm, and it can help your vagina stay nourished and healthy.

Does it work?

Maybe. There is some evidence that L-arginine can improve libido, decrease vaginal dryness, and increase clitoral sensation. But L-arginine has mostly been studied as a combination supplement that has more than one ingredient (like ArginMax). Because of this, it’s not clear whether the positive effects seen in research studies are because of L-arginine on its own, or whether L-arginine works only when combined with other ingredients.

Important to know

L-arginine is potentially safe for many people, and it doesn’t have a lot of side effects. Be aware: L-arginine may make herpes worse, and can interact with many medications. And for some people, when taken as a supplement, it can cause:

  • Diarrhea
  • Changes in kidney function
  • Low blood pressure
  • Flushing

If you’re interested in increasing your L-arginine intake, consider adding L-arginine-rich foods to your diet. Foods that are especially rich in L-arginine include:

  • Peanuts
  • Sesame seeds
  • Soybeans
  • Chicken
  • Spirulina
  • Chickpeas
  • Lentils
  • Oats


What is it?

Ginseng is a medicinal plant traditionally used to reduce stress, improve energy levels, and increase blood circulation. Just like L-arginine, ginseng may encourage blood flow to your genitals, which might improve arousal, orgasm, and vaginal health.

Does it work?

Yes — for menopausal women. A 2016 meta-analysis showed that Korean red ginseng (KRG) improved sexual arousal in this group. In another study from 2019, menopausal women taking ginseng had not only better sexual function, but also an improvement in menopause symptoms and a better quality of life.

In a 2015 study of premenopausal women, KRG did improve sexual function — but not any more than did placebo (sham) treatment. More research is needed to understand whether ginseng is helpful for premenopausal women.

Important to know

There are many different types of ginseng. Sexual-health studies often focus on Korean red ginseng, which is a preparation of Asian ginseng. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Asian ginseng is generally safe for most people for short-term use (up to 6 months), but its long-term safety is not clear.

Ginkgo Biloba

What is it?

Ginkgo biloba is a medicinal plant historically used to improve concentration and memory, increase blood flow, and decrease anxiety. It has also traditionally been used to enhance sexual wellness.

Does it work?

Probably not. There is no evidence that ginkgo works for any health condition, including sexual problems. Despite its reputation of being good for your sex life, most research studies have found that it works no better than placebo (sham) treatment does. In one small study, sex therapy combined with ginkgo did increase sexual desire — but no more than did sex therapy on its own.

Important to know

Ginkgo biloba is likely safe for most people and has relatively mild side effects.


What is it?

Maca is an edible South American plant. It is traditionally used for infertility, to boost libido, and to balance hormone levels. Researchers don’t know exactly how it works. It may be an “adaptogen” (an herb that helps your body respond to stress) and could have mild estrogen-like effects in the body.

Maca can be prepared as a food: baked, roasted, or used as a cooking ingredient. It is available as a powder that can be mixed into smoothies or recipes. In some cultures, it is prepared as a fermented drink.

Does it work?

Maybe. Unfortunately, so far most of the published research on maca has been on its effects in men. Only a few studies have been done on maca and women’s sexual health. So far, there is some evidence that maca might be helpful for sexual function during menopause — even though the benefits seem to be small. There’s also evidence that maca may be helpful for the sexual side effects caused by antidepressant medications.

Important to know

Maca seems to be safe when eaten as a food (up to 3 grams daily). It may be slightly riskier if taken in larger quantities as a pill. Note that raw maca should be cooked before consuming. It’s wise to avoid taking maca at night because it can disrupt sleep.

Puncturevine (Tribulus terrestris)

What is it?

Puncturevine is a Mediterranean plant that has historically been used to improve sexual function in men. It may work by increasing blood levels of testosterone — a hormone that is related to sexual desire (libido), arousal, and orgasm in both men and women.

Does it work?

It’s not clear. Overall, the evidence is just too limited to say for sure whether puncturevine helps support sexual wellness in women — especially since there haven’t been many well-designed trials yet. In one small study of 60 women, taking puncturevine for a month improved:

  • Libido
  • Physical arousal
  • Lubrication
  • Sexual satisfaction

However, in several other studies, it didn’t work better than placebo did.

Important to know

Puncturevine may have some risks, including unwanted hormone changes. It can also potentially interact with many medications, and it can cause stomach and gut upset.

Red clover (Trifolium pratense)

What is it?

Red clover is a plant that is rich in phytoestrogens — plant chemicals that may act like estrogen in your body. Estrogen is a hormone that has many jobs, including keeping your vaginal tissues healthy. It also plays a role in libido and sexual arousal.

Does it work?

Yes. There’s evidence that red clover can support vaginal health in menopausal women and reduce vaginal dryness and pain during sex. In a small study of women over age 40, taking red clover helped with vaginal dryness, low libido, and pain during sex.

Important to know

It’s possible that red clover can help with hot flashes, high cholesterol, and osteoporosis; however, the evidence to support these claims hasn’t been consistent. According to the NIH, people have taken red clover for up to 3 years in research studies without any safety concerns.

Supplements to avoid

There are many other supplements that claim to help your sex life. But the truth is that most have little to no evidence to support them. Some can even be harmful or toxic. A 2015 literature review of about 50 scientific articles suggests products to avoid, including:

  • Spanish fly
  • Mad honey
  • Yohimbe
  • Bufo toad

Is it safe to use over-the-counter products for sexual health? 

It depends. Many supplements are safe to use, with minimal side effects. But just because a treatment is “natural” doesn’t mean it is risk-free. In fact, many over-the-counter treatments can have powerful effects in your body — and not always in the way you intend. 

If you decide to try an herb or supplement for sexual wellness, you should talk to your healthcare provider first. This is especially important if you have other health conditions, take prescription medications, or are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Are over-the-counter supplements for sexual health FDA-approved?

No. Natural products and supplements are not regulated by the FDA, so their contents (and safety) aren’t guaranteed. Many commercial products have multiple ingredients, which can make it hard to know exactly what you are taking - or how much.

If you do decide to try an herbal preparation or other supplement, consider using a product that sends its supplements for 3rd-party testing and makes the results available to the public. Your healthcare provider may be able to recommend products on the basis of independent testing or their patients’ experiences. 

Sexual arousal oils and lotions

Arousal oils and lotions are products that are applied to your genitals before or during sex. These products usually contain botanical extracts (including CBD) that may increase blood flow, heighten sensitivity, and make it easier to orgasm. 

Keep in mind that arousal oils are not the same as commercial lubricants (lube). Lubricants mimic the natural “wetness” that your body creates when you’re aroused. Unlike water-based lubricants, oil-based arousal products cannot be used with latex condoms or silicone toys. 

Unfortunately, it’s not clear how well these products work. In one study in 2010, women using Zestra did report more sexual arousal and satisfaction than did women who used a placebo. But overall, there hasn’t been a lot of research in this area. And just like oral supplements, arousal oils and lotions are not regulated by the FDA — which means there could be unclear risks involved in using these products (especially those with CBD). 

Sexual wellness devices

Sexual wellness devices are tools that can help with: 

  • Physical arousal
  • Orgasm
  • Comfort
  • Enjoyment during sex

Some wellness devices can also help with muscle problems that could be making sex (especially penetration) difficult or painful for you. 

Sexual wellness devices may be able to:

  • Increase pelvic muscle tone
  • Improve blood flow to your genitals
  • Support healthy tissues in your vagina
  • Increase pleasure and sensation
  • Help you have an orgasm

Some people enjoy using these devices with a partner; others prefer to use them alone. And even though they are available without a prescription, some sexual wellness devices (like vaginal dilators or lasers) are generally used under the guidance of a trained health professional. 

We have a couple notes on safety. When using sexual wellness devices, it’s important to keep them clean — especially if you are sharing them with a partner. You should also steer clear of any product that is labeled “for novelty only” (or something similar) or that contains phthalates or other hazardous chemicals. 

Look for products that are either FDA-approved or made with body-safe material like: 

  • Silicone
  • Glass
  • Stainless steel
  • Latex
  • Lucite
  • Phthalate-free plastic

Vaginal dilators (trainers)

Vaginal dilators are tube-shaped medical devices that are inserted into your vagina. They come in a range of sizes and are often used two or three times per week. Many people start with a small dilator and gradually work up to larger sizes over time. 

Vaginal dilators are available without a prescription, but they should be used under the professional guidance for best results — especially because they can be hard to use correctly. They are often paired with counseling or mindfulness exercises

Using dilators can:

  • Train your pelvic muscles to relax during penetration
  • Encourage vaginal depth and width
  • Stretch out tight tissues and muscles
  • Improve comfort during penetration

Vaginal dilatation can help in many situations:


Vibrators are a type of sex toy used to stimulate your genitals and other parts of your body. Research has shown that using a vibrator can have a positive impact on sexual function — with rarely any downside. 

There’s evidence that using a vibrator can have many benefits, including:

  • Increased sex drive (libido)
  • Increased physical arousal 
  • Increased lubrication (wetness)
  • More frequent orgasms
  • Increased blood flow to your genitals
  • Increased sensation in your genitals
  • A better understanding of which sexual activities you enjoy

Vibrators come in all shapes and sizes. They can be worn on the fingertips, held in your hand, or strapped to your body. There are even vibrators that are “hands-free,” as well as vibrators that are designed to be used during vaginal penetration. 

OH! Boost - a supplement with scientifically-backed ingredients to improve sex for women

OH! Boost is a supplement that increases vaginal wetness and sex drive through a doctor-formulated combination of high-quality active ingredients.

OH! Boost is for women that have:

It is reported to have the following benefits:

  • Increase wetness and lubrication
  • Intensify orgasmic contractions
  • Enhance sexual endurance & energy

OH! Boost contains the following scientifically-backed ingredients:

  • 3 strains of Lactobacilli
  • Fructooligosaccharides
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin D
  • Lactoferrin
  • Zinc

Kegel exercisers 

According to the NIH, about 25% of women have problems with their pelvic floor muscles — especially muscle weakness. Kegel exercises can strengthen and tone your pelvic floor muscles and may actually be more effective than any other type of exercise for this purpose.

Kegel exercises can improve sexual function by:

  • Teaching you how to control your vaginal muscles
  • Encouraging healthy blood flow to your genitals
  • Increasing lubrication (wetness)
  • Making it easier to have an orgasm
  • Helping you to have longer, stronger orgasms
  • Reducing urine and stool (pee and poo) leakage

Kegel exercises can be done without any equipment, but there are several types of device that can help you with your workout. These devices can refine your technique, encourage you to meet your goals, and — in some cases — even design and track a personal Kegel exercise program for you. 

Different kinds of Kegel exercise device are listed below. No matter which type you choose, make sure to look for a Kegel exerciser that’s made with body-safe materials. In particular, steer clear of jade eggs: There is no evidence that these were used historically for sexual wellness. Jade eggs also have porous, hard-to-clean surfaces that could put you at risk for a serious infection.

Kegel weights 

These are smooth weights that are placed inside your vagina. You squeeze your pelvic muscles to “lift” the weight, which may tone your pelvic floor muscles. Some weights come in sets of increasing heaviness, or they might have strings or handles that you can pull to increase resistance.

According to research, you will get the same results from doing Kegels with or without vaginal weights. But in a large review of over 1,800 women, doing Kegels with vaginal weights was better than no treatment at all - so if weights encourage you to stay on track with your Kegels, they could be worth considering.

Electrostimulating Kegel exercisers 

These devices use small electrical currents to automatically contract your pelvic floor muscles. This can be a great option for people who have a hard time squeezing their pelvic floor muscles on their own.

While many of these devices are FDA-approved for treating incontinence, they are not officially approved for sexual function. But if you have problems with both urine leaks and sexual function, this could be an especially good option for you. 

Talk to your healthcare provider about whether an electrostimulating device is the right fit. Some devices may require a prescription and could even be eligible for insurance coverage. 

Smart exercisers

There are also many “smart” exercises that use technology to help you meet your Kegel goals. Like vaginal weights, smart exercisers are put inside your vagina — but they come with built-in training programs, either within the device itself or that you can access through a phone or tablet app.

Most of these exercisers use new technology, so there’s not a lot of research yet on how well they work. But in one small study, women who used the Vibrance device for 16 weeks had a significant improvement in pelvic muscle strength. And in the U.K., the National Health Service not only recommends doing pelvic floor exercises to have better sex, but is even giving some women a free Elvie Trainer

Just like with any exercise program, it’s important to talk to a healthcare provider before starting Kegels — especially if you’re having pain. In some cases (like if you have vaginismus), Kegels can actually make your symptoms worse. Getting an evaluation from an OB-GYN or physical therapist can help you feel confident that Kegels are the right treatment for your symptoms. 

Laser therapy

Laser light therapy uses a special type of concentrated light in the vagina. Research is still needed, but there's some evidence that laser therapy may help with sexual wellness, especially in menopausal women

It’s possible to purchase a laser therapy device without a prescription, but these should be used only under the guidance of a trained healthcare professional. In fact, the FDA has issued a warning about laser therapy, as it can cause major complications — like burns, scarring, and chronic pain. If you’re considering vaginal laser therapy, make sure to work with a licensed healthcare professional to understand the risks and benefits of this type of treatment before you proceed.

Lifestyle choices for sexual health

In addition to supplements and sexual wellness devices, behavior changes can have a big impact on your sexual health. Lifestyle choices can also have a positive effect on your overall health and quality of life — which can give your sex life an additional boost. 

Here are some ideas to consider:

  • Eat a diet rich in whole grains, fruits, and vegetables: There’s no evidence that any one single food is an aphrodisiac (a food that increases sexual desire), but eating a nutrient-rich diet can support healthy nerve function, blood flow, and hormone production — all of which play a role in sex and libido.
  • Cut down on smoking: Tobacco use can reduce blood to flow to your genitals. This can make it harder for you to get sexually aroused or have an orgasm. Tobacco can also cause vaginal dryness, which can make sex difficult or painful. 
  • Drink alcohol mindfully: Having a drink or two can make some people feel more interested in having sex. But heavier alcohol use (getting very drunk) can decrease blood flow to and sensation in your genitals. This can make it harder for you to get physically aroused or have an orgasm.
  • Get regular exercise: There’s evidence that regular physical exercise can make it easier for you to get physically aroused and help you feel good about your body. Exercise may be especially helpful for sexual side effects caused by antidepressant medications
  • Practice mindfulness: Mindfulness meditation, therapy, and other exercises can teach you to be “more present” in the moment, including while you’re having sex. Several studies indicate that mindfulness practices can help with libido, sexual satisfaction, and physical arousal.
  • Use a lubricant: Vaginal lubricants and moisturizers can help with dryness and pain during sex, and can make some types of sex more pleasurable.
  • Masturbate: Masturbation, touching your own body for sexual pleasure, is a normal activity for all ages. It supports your sexual health by improving blood flow to your genitals and toning your pelvic floor muscles. It can also help you learn more about what you personally enjoy.
  • Practice yoga: Only a few studies have been done so far on yoga and sexual health, but there’s some evidence that it can help with sexual functioning. In one small study of women aged 22 to 55, participating in a yoga camp for 12 weeks reduced pain and improved desire, arousal, lubrication, orgasm, and overall satisfaction. Several studies have shown that yoga can help with sexual concerns in women who have other medical problems.
  • Try aromatherapy: Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils, usually either by inhaling them or applying them to the body. A 2017 meta-analysis found that aromatherapy — especially with neroli oil, lavender oil, or a combination oil with lavender, fennel, geranium, and rose — significantly improved sexual function in menopausal women. Consider using essential oils in a diffuser or as part of a sensual massage. Be careful when using them on your body: Some essential oils can cause skin irritation or other side effects. 
  • Try using a comfort or support device: Positioners (link includes explicit images), spacers, and supports (link includes explicit images) can all help you control your body’s position and movements during sex. These can be especially helpful for people who experience pain during sex or who have a disability

Keep in mind

If you’re not getting the results you want, getting professional help may be worthwhile. Some people enjoy online sex-education classes like OMGyes or Bodysex. In these classes, experts teach you about your body and help you explore new techniques and your sexuality. 

Another option is working with a sexual-health professional - either in person or through telehealth. These licensed professionals have specific training in human sexuality. Some use talk therapy; others use hands-on treatment. Examples include:

Medications can also support a healthy sex life. For menopausal women, hormone-replacement therapy (especially vaginal estrogen) can help with vaginal dryness and pain during sex. There are also several FDA-approved prescription medications used to treat low libido in premenopausal women.

There are options out there for everyone, no matter your gender, anatomy, or physical abilities (link includes explicit images). If you try a treatment, device, or therapy that just doesn’t feel like a good fit for you, don’t give up — maybe try something else! After all, sexual health is different for different people. All people deserve to find what feels authentic, safe, and satisfying. 


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