There are so many challenges that women face when it comes to their sex drive. Our desire to have sex, think about sex, or engage in sex can vary from month to month. Every woman has a different sex life, so never compare your sex drive to other women. Your sex drive may even differ from your partner’s, and that’s okay. There is no such thing as a normal sex drive. Hormones, physical and mental health, and life events can cause your desire to fluctuate.

If your sex drive bothers you, some supplements enhance your desire, boost arousal, give you more intense orgasms, and make sex more enjoyable. Here are supplements that are suggested to help increase sex drive:

Chasteberry, also known as Vitex, improves vaginal tone and lubrication which is helpful for women who are menopausal or experience vaginal dryness and discomfort during sex. 

L-arginine is an amino acid that our body uses to make proteins. It helps produce nitric oxide that dilates blood vessels and increases blood flow, including to the genitals. Increased blood flow is important for arousal, orgasms, and lubrication.

Asian ginseng is particularly helpful for menopausal women. Like L-arginine, it increases blood flow to the genitals, reduces stress, improves energy levels and sexual arousal.

Red Clover is a plant with chemicals similar to estrogen called phytoestrogens. Estrogen plays an important role in sexual health. Red clover helps with vaginal dryness, low libido, and pain during sex. 

Puncturevine is a Mediterranean plant that increases testosterone levels. It was found that taking puncturevine improved libido, lubrication, arousal, and overall sexual satisfaction.

There are many ways to address sexual wellness and decreased libido, including prescribed medications, therapy, devices, and supplements. Many women consider supplements a more “natural” way to address sexual health with minimal side effects. One approach or a combination may work for some and not others, so it may involve trial and error to find what works best for you. If you decide to use an herb or supplement, always check with your provider to ensure that it does not interfere with any medications you are taking.