What Is Natural Viagra for Females
Here are 11 natural aphrodisiacs for females that may make sex more pleasurable, some backed by research and some based only on anecdotal evidence

Low libido is a common problem in women. But although drugs like Viagra can help boost sex drive in men, many products that claim to do the same for women may not be safe or effective. Here are 11 natural aphrodisiacs for females that may make sex more pleasurable, some backed by research and some based only on anecdotal evidence.

11 natural aphrodisiacs for females

  1. Shatavari (asparagus): This herb contains phytoestrogens that help balance essential hormones and have been associated with helping premenstrual syndrome.
  2. Ginkgo biloba: Ginkgo biloba extract increases blood flow, influences nitric oxide production, and has a relaxing effect on smooth muscles. Studies have shown that these effects may improve sexual function. 
  3. Korean red ginseng: This herb may help boost sexual desire by relaxing the clitoris, especially in menopausal women.
  4. Maca: Grown in the Andes mountains in South America, maca roots are believed to increase sexual desire and combat the side effect of antidepressants that can cause low libido.
  5. Horny goat weed: Because of its phytoestrogen content, horny goat weed is believed to help increase estrogen levels and alleviate symptoms of menopause such as vaginal dryness, which can make sexual intercourse painful.
  6. Damiana (turnera diffusa): This aphrodisiac may boost sexual arousal in both men and women by delivering more oxygen to the genital area.
  7. Ashwagandha: Ashwagandha contains two acyl steryl glycosides called sitoindoside VII and sitoindoside VIII, which may help boost libido and alleviate stress responsible for disrupting sexual function.
  8. Red wine: According to one study, red wine may increase blood flow, which in turn can help increase libido.
  9. Red clover: This herb contains phytoestrogens that may improve libido, mood, and sleep.
  10. Tribulus terrestris: This is a popular plant used in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine that is reported to enhance sexual pleasure.
  11. Certain foods: Foods that stimulate the senses (sight, smell, taste, and touch) may help improve libido and include:
    1. Nuts
    2. Avocados
    3. Chocolate
    4. Berries
    5. Figs
    6. Honey
    7. Pomegranate

What is Viagra? Is it safe for women?

Viagra (sildenafil) is an FDA-approved drug used to treat sexual dysfunction in men. However, it is not approved for sexual dysfunction in women. 

While some women have tried to use the drug off-label, it can cause several unpleasant side effects such as:

Products (pills and creams) available for female arousal and libido enhancement include:

  • Provestra
  • Vigorelle
  • HerSolution gel
  • HerSolution pills
  • Scream cream
  • Lady era

What causes low libido in women?

Low libido in females or reduced ability to have satisfying sexual intercourse can occur due to many reasons:

  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Fatigue
  • Stress
  • Menopause
  • Pregnancy
  • History of depression
  • Problems in relationship
  • Hypoactive sexual desire disorder
  • Certain medications, such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors

What are other tips for boosting female sex drive?

Aside from herbs and supplements, the following lifestyle changes can help boost sex drive and enhance sexual pleasure:

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Medically Reviewed on 4/7/2022
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Ellis RR. A Guide to Female Viagra. WebMD. https://www.webmd.com/women/features/guide-to-female-viagra