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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.