Sexual Problems in Women - Other Treatment
Studies of alternative
sexual problems are limited. But some of them show
possible benefits. These include studies of devices and herbal supplements.
Other Treatment Choices
DHEA. Like testosterone, DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) is an
androgen made in the body. Over-the-counter
- 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.
not known to improve sexual well-being in healthy women.
- 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.
Vaginal weights can strengthen the
pelvic floor and vaginal muscles. They usually come in five sizes. Start with
the smallest weight, and work up to the largest over time. Insert a weight into
your vagina, then hold it in place while standing upright for 15 minutes. Your
muscles will feel the urge to tighten and hold it in. After a few days, the
vaginal muscles become strong enough that they no longer feel an urge to hold
the weight. This is when you use the next larger weight. When you've used all
five weights, keep your muscles toned by using the largest weight for 5 to 7
days in a row each month.
Eros Therapy Device. This is a small
battery-operated device used to stimulate engorgement of the clitoris. The Eros Therapy Device 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, clitoral sensation, help with achieving orgasm, and improving women's sexual satisfaction. Initial studies have shown good results in women reporting sexual problems and also in women recovering from cervical cancer treatment.6, 7
What To Think About
Researchers continue to look for
treatments for raising sexual desire, arousal, and satisfaction. Some products,
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 rigorous scientific testing for safety and effectiveness that standard
medical treatments must go through before they are approved in the United
States. Be sure to talk with your doctor about which therapies might be best
for you. If you decide to use an alternative medicine or supplement, follow
- Talk with your doctor before taking an
alternative medicine or supplement, especially if you are pregnant or trying to
become pregnant, if you take prescription medicines, or if you have another health
- As with all conventional medicines and supplements, be sure to follow the directions on the label.
- Do not exceed the
maximum recommended dose.