Cautionary Notes About DHEA Supplements
DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) is a natural hormone that is converted into male and female sex hormones in the body. DHEA is sold as an antiaging supplement that improves energy, strength, and muscle, plus it increases immunity and burns fat.
However, the NIH says, "there is no conclusive evidence that DHEA supplements do any of these things,” and "there is little scientific evidence to support the use of DHEA as a 'rejuvenating' hormone."
Long-term effects of DHEA supplements have not been studied -- but there are "early signs that these supplements, even when taken briefly, may have detrimental effects on the body, including liver damage."
Even if DHEA does rev your libido, it won't help erections, Saigal says. "If the goal is a better erection, getting more testosterone won't help. I advise using a pharmaceutical instead. I would say, start with [Viagra, Cialis, or Levitra] first -- especially since we don't know the long-term effects of DHEA."
Keeping Your Libido Healthy
Pills aren't the only answer. If flagging sexual desire is the problem, "find something that adds spice," Hutcherson says. "Find something interesting that stimulates your mind, since the brain is the largest sex organ."
Her libido-boosting suggestions:
- Sleep in the bedroom. Have sex anywhere else -- the den, kitchen, or laundry room.
- Seize the moment wherever, whenever, it hits.
- Buy something new. New lingerie definitely qualifies.
- Send hot sizzling notes to each other during the day.
- Buy a sex toy. Read an erotic novel together. Watch an erotic video.
"There are so many things, you can never run out of ideas," Hutcherson says. "What helps most -- the best aphrodisiac -- is going on a field trip to an adult store together. Try different things, touch, giggle, have a good time. You find you can't wait to get home to try them."
Protecting Your Sexual Desire
To keep your libido in prime form, you've got to walk, jog -- do some kind of aerobic exercise -- daily. Maybe it doesn't sound sexy, but a two-mile walk every day keeps the blood flowing, Saigal says.
Losing weight (if you're obese) and eating a low-fat diet also helps restore sexual function, he adds. "You'll feel better about yourself, and your partner will be more interested in you. You'll also help your heart." And that’s very sexy.