A woman’s sex drive can be affected by age, hormones and childbirth. OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson discusses over-the-counter remedies to rev libido.
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Libido Boosters for Women Dr. Travis Stork: We’re talking about libido with one of our own Dr. Masterson was recently featured in Shape Magazine. And, you talked about libido boosting pills and creams because you feel like some of them could be a benefit. Dr. Lisa Masterson: Right, absolutely because we don’t have a really great little blue pill like you guys do to help with libido. Libido is a huge issue for women. A lot of times their partners taking that little blue pill or because of hormonal problems or after delivery, they’re just not feeling -- the libido is down. I get asked about libido at least five times a day in my practice, and they’re just aren’t a lot of good things but there are some things over the counter that are hormonal that women can use. So, there are things like L-Arginine that I talked about in the article which is -- it actually increases the blood flow vaginally so it’s a vaginal cream. You're going to put it in your lips? Dr. Jim Sears: Careful with that stuff. Dr. Lisa Masterson: The wrong lips. Dr. Jim Sears: Travis, you don’t need that. Dr. Travis Stork: I was smelling it like some of these are mentholated because that little irritation can actually help get it through the skin. Dr. Lisa Masterson: The menthol does -- well, the menthol actually does a different thing. It does the same thing, it stimulates the vaginal area. Dr. Jim Sears: I'm gong to try it anyways. Dr. Lisa Masterson: That gives you a different sort of stimulation just like the stimulation in your mouth. Those are little blue pills which actually can be used in women but it doesn’t quite work as well as it does for men. So there’s not quite as effective for -- but they are used in the studies, they’re just not used regularly. Dr. Jim Sears: You could I use that cream to help the vagina look stick and then you're going to have a great night. Dr. Drew Ordon: That looks like a good thumb right there. Dr. Lisa Masterson: So, you use the Vagisil and then you use a little L-Arginine or Black Cohosh which is like an estrogen and you can use that also. So, these are things to also help increase the libido. Dr. Travis Stork: If I buy something like that a little bit right, and these are all safe for the most part? Dr. Lisa Masterson: Exactly because if you have a good sex life, it’s going to increase your self esteem and you then feel good about yourself. Dr. Travis Stork: Anyway, it can work for me. I'm just curious. I'm being serious. Dr. Lisa Masterson: Well, Viagra, we already know about for men. Black Cohosh is more like an estrogen so that’s not going to work, L-Arginine again, because it works on the blood vessel probably —. Dr. Jim Sears: They’re actually already using micro bead technology to deliver vasodilators through the skin to help with erections. Dr. Drew Ordon: Tell you what, give me trial. I’ll do the study.