Body Talk: Boost your sexual desire; WANT VALENTINE'S DAY TO END IN A NIGHT OF PASSION? OUR TESTERS REVEAL WHICH LIBIDO BOOSTERS REALLY HOT THINGS UP...
pounds 34.99, for stockists call 0808 1412233
WHAT IS IT? A three-a-day mushroom supplement.
HOW DOES IT WORK? The capsules (taken with meals) contain wild mushrooms which Chinese emperors used to combat fatigue. Cordyceptic acid in the mushrooms boosts energy levels.
TESTER Louisa Owen, 24, says: "I lost interest in sex a few months into my relationship because I was tired all the time. After taking Native Woman for two months, I had more energy and was more up for it."
pounds 9.95 for three, from Boots
WHAT IS IT? A plastic sex aid worn on the finger.
HOW DOES IT WORK? Specially positioned ridges stimulate the clitoris. In one study, orgasms became more intense and easier to reach. It's endorsed by Alan Riley, Professor of Sexual Medicine at Central Lancashire Uni.
TESTER Lucy Crook, 28, says: "It's fantastic. The stimulator feels gentle, not intense at all, and it fits neatly over the clitoris."
pounds 95, from www.sensualessentials.com, call 0870 211440
WHAT IS IT? It's a device consisting of two small self-adhesive gel pads which you strap to your ankles.
HOW DOES IT WORK? It gives out electrical frequencies similar to the nerve impulses communicated to a woman's pelvic area just before she reaches orgasm, so that the "slightest touch" should excite you.
TESTER Alison Lindsay, 36, says: "It makes stroking really erotic and I climaxed within 10 minutes, sometimes several times in one session."
pounds 29.99, from pharmacies or www.femi-x.co.uk
WHAT IS IT? A pack of 15 tablets (take five half an hour before sex) and an explicit educational DVD and CD-Rom.
HOW DOES IT WORK? The pills contain the herbal aphrodisiacs epimedium grandiflorum, turnera diffusa, ilex paraguariensis and sarsaparilla. In one survey, 90 per cent of women said sex was more satisfying after using Femi-X.
TESTER Susan Jenkins, 40, says: "The DVD was an eye-opener - plenty of unusual suggestions. And the pills did seem to increase sensation."
pounds 26, from Pout, call 0207 379 0379
WHAT IS IT? A cream you rub straight on.
HOW DOES IT WORK? It contains mint and green tea to provide a tingling sensation, L-arginine which increases the absorption of oxygen by the blood cells and so improves circulation, and the natural aphrodisiacs ginseng and gingko biloba to up the intensity of orgasms.
TESTER Sally Stileman, 27, says: "It feels tingly which is strange at first, but I've always had really good orgasms using it."
KY Warming Liquid
pounds 4.99, from Boots and supermarkets
WHAT IS IT? A lubricant with a honey and silicone base which heats up on contact with the body.
HOW DOES IT WORK? It gently warms the area. In one trial, 71 per cent of women said it "enhanced sexual arousal".
TESTER Sara Mendez, 33, says: "This liquid has the consistency of hair gel but not sticky. Whenever I use it, sex is more fun and definitely more orgasmic."
pounds 1.15 per can, from Superdrug
WHAT IS IT? A soft drink containing vitamins A, C and E, Horny Goatweed - a herbal extract used for centuries in Chinese medicine to increase libido in women - and energy-boosting Guarana.
HOW DOES IT WORK? Herbalists have long claimed that Horny Goatweed boosts sexual arousal but there have been no studies on it.
TESTER Becky Donawa, 28, says: "This tastes just like a fruit juice and I did feel as if I had more energy after drinking it. But as for increasing my sex drive - zilch."
From pounds 9.99, Boots
WHAT IS IT? A food supplement containing pollen extract.
HOW DOES IT WORK? The pollen relieves irritability which has the knock-on effect of boosting libido. In one clinical trial, 78 per cent of women who took Femal for two months said they had better sexual relationships.
TESTER Janet Lloyd, 45, says: "It has helped combat vaginal dryness. It started improving after two months and now, after six, I'm back to normal. Psychologically, it made me less irritable and depressed."7/10Zestra For Women
pounds 14.99 for six sachets, from Osbon Medical, call 0845 658 8877 or visit www.zestraforwomen.co.uk
WHAT IS IT? An oil you apply directly to your sexual organs.
HOW DOES IT WORK? It contains borage seed and evening primrose oils which boost blood flow and stimulate nerves. Zestra is backed by the US's stringent FDA as being a medical treatment for women's sex problems.
TESTER Louise Ditrana, 39, says: "This made my orgasms last much longer but in small bursts. It gives an odd tingling sensation pretty much straight away."7/10
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|Publication:||The Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Feb 10, 2005|
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