How to Increase Female Sex Drive

By Michael A. Smith, MD

When do women reach their sexual peak? Is it at 30, 40 or maybe even 50 years old? Well, if we use conventional medical opinion, then women are past their sexual peak when they hit menopause, which is characterized by ovarian shutdown. So what do you think? Is a woman’s sexuality linked only to functioning ovaries?

We think the answer is no. A woman’s sexuality is not linked to her ovaries. We believe that women and men can have active sex lives well into advanced age. Why else would we have a “blue” sex pill for men? But here’s the million-dollar question: Where’s the “blue” sex pill for women?

Getting Back in the Mood

Sexual desire and pleasure do not need to decline with age. That’s an old way of thinking. Interestingly, many aging experts now claim that sex is actually an anti-aging strategy that keeps us both young and vibrant.

And here’s something important for all women to hear: Menopause is not a disease! It’s also not a midlife crisis. As a matter of fact, some women think it’s just the opposite. Here’s what we do know: As women get older, their sexual response is no longer tied so closely to pregnancy and surges of estrogen or progesterone. Instead, sex is more and more about pleasure, intimacy and excitement.

Life Extension’s own Dr. Stacey Nottingham says, “Menopause is a time when we’re finally accepting our bodies, when we are comfortable in our skin, and we know we are more than the sum of our physical attractions. It is a pause, where women now enter a new stage that I consider sexual mastery.”

So “I’m not in the mood” isn’t a permanent condition? Not at all.

That being said, what can you do if your spirit is willing but your body is not?

A Peruvian Sex Pill for Women

Women who just aren’t in the mood and suffer from decreased sex drive might be having more of a physical issue than previously thought. There are two things that must happen physically in order for women to become sexually aroused. First, the labia must open. Second, the clitoris swells and rises to the surface. Without the clitoris coming to the surface, an orgasm won’t happen.

This is where Maca, a Peruvian herb, can help. It’s been used for over 2,000 years as an herbal aphrodisiac. It’s composed of two very important amino acids: arginine and histidine.1 Both amino acids have direct effects on the labia and clitoris.

Arginine is a vasodilator and increases blood flow to the labia, allowing it to open.2 Arginine also causes the clitoris to swell, bringing it to the surface. At the surface, the clitoris is more responsive to sexual stimulation, which for many women triggers vaginal lubrication.

Now, while all of that is going on, the histidine from Maca begins to convert into histamine inside specialized cells called mast cells within the clitoris. This is important because orgasm is dependent on histamine’s release.3

So as you can see, Maca provides the ingredients necessary to drive the physical components of sexual stimulation and orgasm.

Longevity & Sex Go Together

Sex is a healthy, vital part of expressing our love for our partner and it may actually help us live longer — or at least live happier. Don’t assume that menopause means the end of sex. In reality, it’s an amazing active time of life for many women.

Sometimes we just need a little help, that’s all.


  1. D. Din, O Migliolo, L. Ratrelli, P. Saturnino, O. Schettino, “Chemical Composition of Lepidium meyenii” in Food Chemistry,49, USA (1994)
  2. Fortschr Neurol Psychiatr. 2004 Mar;72(3):121-35.
  3. Peptides. 1999;20(5):539-43


Anonymous said...

That's it?! No mention of bio-identical hormone therapy? This articles lacks alot of information which could be key to this problem and many other health problems at menopause

Anonymous said...

Thanks for a very male (mechanical) perspective. A woman's sex drive is usually more in the brain. If the brain doesn't want sex, who cares if the genitals work or not?

Life Extension said...

Actually, we've written about the brain's involvement in the following post:

Life Extension said...

If you're familiar with Life Extension, you would know that we extensively write about hormones, including for sex drive. This is just one post covering one possible solution. That's all.

Anonymous said...

I had a TOTAL hysterectomy 10 years ago. I am 51 yrs old and my sex drive has never been stronger. I take no HRT The only supplements I use for that is LEF's Natural Female Support. I am a believer in if you "don't use it you lose it". Believe me I use it because I know it keeps me young!

jennifer said...

I have many friends dealing with low sex drive and it is because of early menopause. Hope they will be able to find something that helps them, though.

Tongkat Ali said...

Thanks for a really male (mechanical) attitude. A woman's sex disc drive is usually more in the mind. If the brain doesn't want sex, which cares if the genitals work or otherwise not?

Hersolution Reviews said...

This really answered my problem, thank you!

Golden Root 365 said...

I agree with Tongkat. I like the more mechanical approach here where it is explained and isn't just a bundle of feelings which don't give any real answer. I think if you stress too much about it, then you are only adding to the lack of desire with stress. Relax, let it be and it will come back around in no time, and when it does, act upon it as it will stimulate it for the near future.

LifeExtension said...

Golden Root 365 - We couldn't agree with you more! Thanks for chiming in.

Alma Mott blog review said...

A weak libido can cause a host of problems in a relationship. While it is commonly assumed men suffer from libido related issues, women, too, can experience a major decrease in sex drive. A number of factors can contribute to this.

In truth, few will want to worry about the causes and would prefer to invest more time trying to improve a lowered libido.

LifeExtension said...

Alma Mott blog review - Good points!

Unknown said...

its Nice
Herbal medicine helps you to get rid of the issues like low libido and increases sexual desire and improves frequent and powerful orgasms.

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