What Are the Different Stimulants for Women?

Andrea Cross

Many women find their libidos wane for a number of reasons, including age, stress, and as a result of medications or illness. These women often find it difficult to become sexually aroused and, during sexual intercourse, to achieve an orgasm. There is much interest, therefore, in sexual stimulants. Different types of stimulants for women exist, including natural stimulants, creams, and pills. Mechanical stimulants are also popular choices.

Oysters are often thought to act as stimulants or aphrodisiacs.
Oysters are often thought to act as stimulants or aphrodisiacs.

There are several natural products that are recommended as stimulants for women. Dehydroepiandosterone (DHEA) is a hormone that is produced naturally in the adrenal glands and is thought to be instrumental in sexual stimulation due to its role in the production of testosterone and estrogen. This hormone is insufficient in some women due to age, illness, or medications, resulting in lowered sexual function. Supplements of DHEA are thus recommended as a stimulant.

There are pills available for women that increase the blood flow to the genitals.
There are pills available for women that increase the blood flow to the genitals.

Plants such as ginko biloba and horny goat weed are also recommended as natural stimulants for women. Gingko biloba is considered especially helpful if the woman's lack of stimulation is the resulting effect of antidepressants. Horny goat weed is thought to be useful for stimulation because it helps to increase blood flow to the genitals and to balance cortisol levels. It also inhibits the production of PDE-5 in the same way as Viagra. Foods that are thought to act as stimulants via their aphrodisiac properties include oysters, chocolate, and honey.

Chocolate is thought to act as a stimulant for women because of its aphrodisiac properties.
Chocolate is thought to act as a stimulant for women because of its aphrodisiac properties.

There are a number of creams and gels available that act as stimulants for women when applied to the genitals. A common active ingredient in these creams is L-arginine. The L-arginine increases the flow of blood to the genital region, making it become more sensitive. Stimulant creams also often contain menthol or peppermint, which produces a warm, tingling sensation on the genitals that is often found to be arousing. Care must be taken when using these products, however, as they can irritate sensitive skin.

DHEA is a hormone that's produced naturally and is instrumental in sexual stimulation.
DHEA is a hormone that's produced naturally and is instrumental in sexual stimulation.

Pills are available for women that also increase the flow of blood to the genitals, intensifying the sensations felt during sexual intercourse. These pills also help to increase vaginal lubrication and the intensity of the muscle contractions during orgasm. This type of stimulant tends to contain a number of the ingredients already mentioned and also often includes black cohosh, licorice, and ginger.

Certain medications can cause a woman's libido to wane.
Certain medications can cause a woman's libido to wane.

Finally, mechanical stimulants, also known as sex toys, are popular stimulants for women. They are available in a range of styles and colors. Different styles have different functions, including clitoral stimulation and vaginal penetration. The items can be used by the woman independently or with a partner. They are useful as sexual stimulants because they encourage the woman's body to develop its own natural responses.

Creams that contain L-arginine can act as stimulants for women when applied to the genitals.
Creams that contain L-arginine can act as stimulants for women when applied to the genitals.
There are a number of factors that affect a woman's libido.
There are a number of factors that affect a woman's libido.
DHEA is a hormone that is produced naturally in the adrenal glands.
DHEA is a hormone that is produced naturally in the adrenal glands.

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Discussion Comments

KoiwiGal

If your libido has dropped suddenly you might want to take yourself to the doctor just in case as it often has a medical basis. This is becoming more commonly accepted as true for men, but I think women still treat libido as something that they can never control. You have a right to arousal, and honestly, if nothing else, I don't see why women shouldn't be prescribed aids for it as much as men are.

Ana1234

@bythewell - I think the problem is that there are very few truly effective over-the-counter stimulants for women and a reputable store isn't going to claim that something will work when it won't, so they don't have the apparent options that a less reputable place has.

My advice for anyone looking for a means to up their libido is to try mechanical means rather than chemical means. A well made vibrator can work wonders and there is absolutely no reason for women not to use them, either by themselves or with a partner.

bythewell

Be very careful about using stimulants that have been ordered over the internet or from anywhere that isn't completely safe. Make sure you have some way of making sure that the compounds are safe, because there are plenty of so-called aphrodisiacs that are actually incredibly dangerous (for example, Spanish fly is poisonous).

And since it's an embarrassing product, they might not expect you to complain if it doesn't work the way you want it to, so they might not take much care with preparation.

There are plenty of reputable stimulant shops online that are dedicated to safe fun and it's definitely worth seeking these out.

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