This is a great question. Overall wellness is vital to sexual health; a woman who enjoys good health will usually have more sexual satisfaction, as well. There's a clear tie, for example, between regular exercise and reported sexual satisfaction. Chronic conditions like hypertension, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease can adversely affect sexual health.
Over the years, patients have tried numerous alternatives to enhance sexual function, including chocolate, ginseng, oysters, and black cohosh. There is a product called Vigorelle that includes herbs and botanicals; it is reported to be the ‘Viagra for women.’ However, there are still no randomized, controlled clinical studies to ensure efficacy or safety for this supplement or any others for this indication. Unfortunately, these products are often expensive, and my experience is they are not significantly effective.
So the answer to your question is that there doesn’t seem to be an herb, vitamin, or supplement that is proven to improve sexual satisfaction... yet. We keep an eye on the research and promise we'll let you know!
Dr. Barb DePree, M.D., has been a gynecologist and women’s health provider for almost 30 years and a menopause care specialist for the past ten.