You will learn in this post how to use fenugreek to increase female libido efficiently and without side effects and although I’ll be talking about a subject I had lots of hesitations about before, as it’s part of my private life, I’m going to show you exactly what you can do in order to increase your sex drive safely using fenugreek.
- 1 Fenugreek and Sexuality
- 2 Fenugreek Benefits for Women
- 3 How to Use Fenugreek for Female Libido
- 4 Fenugreek for Menopause
- 5 Reduces Cholesterol
- 6 Increasing Energy Levels
- 7 How to Use Fenugreek to Increase Libido
- 8 Fenugreek Side Effects for Females
Fenugreek and Sexuality
After giving birth to my first child, I started feeling extremely unfeminine and was completely wrecked, my body was looking like a mess and I was feeling depressed all the time!
This has brought me down sexually and my libido was extremely low, however, when I started taking fenugreek daily, my appetite started working normally and my body started looking more feminine again, and strangely enough, my libido went to the roof!
Does fenugreek increase female libido?
The short answer is: absolutely yes!
Indeed, in a study published in the monthly peer-reviewed scientific journal Phytotherapy Research; 2015, Vol. 8, 1123-30, fenugreek extracts were shown to boost libido in women.
Yes, many women on fenugreek extracts reported a significant increase in desire and sex drive.
In the reported research study, 80 women, aged between 20 and 49, menstruating and healthy, all reporting low libido.
They were either given 600mg of fenugreek extracts daily or a placebo and after two menstrual cycles, approximately eight weeks; women taking fenugreek extracts had higher levels of estradiol and free testosterone.
Fenugreek Benefits for Women
Estradiol is a type of estrogen produced by the female body, and also found in males.
It plays a very important role in healthy sexual female function; in fact, it’s the major female sex hormone.
In fact, estradiol is key to the development and maintenance of breasts’ tissue and volume, hips, and other areas of the female body that require fat storage, such as buttocks and thighs.
What I’m saying here is that this hormone is not only responsible for increasing libido in women, but it’s also very important to keeping the female body sexy so to speak and it’s also the reason why fenugreek is used in so many breast and buttocks enlargement products and recipes.
Is Fenugreek Good For Women?
Women on fenugreek extracts reported higher arousal and sexual desire as well as sexual activity.
The doctors who were responsible for these findings said that estradiol stimulates vaginal blood flow and lubrication which directly affect sexual arousal and orgasm.
This demonstrates that fenugreek has a direct effect on female libido and undoubtedly increases sex drive in women.
How to Use Fenugreek for Female Libido
Before we start talking about the amazing benefits of fenugreek on women’s libido, you must understand this fact:
Women are not men!
What I mean by this is that for a man, it’s all about chemistry, and more importantly, for a man to get sexually aroused, his hormones and energy levels must be high and that’s it, of course, I’m over simplifying.
However, for women, without affection and appreciation, they are not going to feel feminine, and if women do not feel feminine, desired, interesting and attractive, their libido is going to go down very quickly and they are going to lose interest in sex!
At least that’s what I experience myself.
That’s why most women are suffering from low libido, it’s because they are not stimulated enough, they live in stressful environments where they are not valued and loved enough!
So, before looking into fenugreek and other options to increase libido, it may be a good thing to think for some time about your love life and what is causing you stress the most.
Maybe that’s the reason why your libido is low!
In my case, my husband was very patient with me, he truly loves me and appreciates me every day, and I really think that this is the main reason why my libido went back to normal.
And in some cases, your low libido may be due to physiological issues, mainly hormonal; in this case, fenugreek may be of help to you.
Here are some amazing fenugreek benefits for women’s libido:
Estrogens are the main female hormones, they are essential for giving the female body its recognizable shape and features; they are also responsible for female libido!
In most women who are having troubles with their libido, these hormones tend to be extremely low or unbalanced.
You have to think of the female body as a very complex machine, you may have low amounts of estrogens in your blood stream and it may cause you low libido, and you may even have high levels of these hormones and experience the same side effects: low libido!
It’s because these hormones need to be in a constant balance in your blood stream.
That’s why fenugreek is amazing, it contains natural plant hormones that are called phytoestrogens, these are the ones that are going to block receptors in your cells from being saturated by female hormones.
Phytoestrogens are also going to mimic the positive effects of estrogens, this on the long run is going to create a balance in your body and you are going to start having enough hormones to have a very normal and healthy libido again.
Which brings me to the next benefit:
Fenugreek for Menopause
Indeed, a lot of women going through menopause are going to have very low libido and sexual desire.
This is very normal, however, when women are experiencing low libido for months and even years, it becomes problematic for their relationships and also for their well-being and self-esteem!
In my opinion, this is where fenugreek really excels, in fact, it has been demonstrated over and over in many scientific studies to be extremely powerful when it comes to menopause symptoms but most importantly, it’s very powerful when it comes to increasing the libido of menopausal women very rapidly and without side effects.
Because of its estrogenic effects, fenugreek has been used by researchers at Sydney Medical School at The University of Sydney as a viable option to treats menopausal symptoms.
Please, check the following link for more information about this research study: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28707431
Moreover, a research study by S. Sreeja et al. at the Rajiv Gandhi Center for Biotechnology concluded the following:
“Our study provided the evidence for estrogenic activities of fenugreek seeds…its suitability as an alternative to HRT.”
HRT simply means Hormone Replacement Therapy, which is a very common treatment for menopausal women.
Fenugreek Dosage for Menopause
It may seem a very difficult task to replace a pharmaceutical product with a natural ingredient such as fenugreek, but research has proven over and over that it can be done very easily and with no adverse effects.
But before using fenugreek for menopause, please, be aware that this may have some side effects, don’t worry, we are going to talk about them in a coming section in this article, but for now, just remember that taking fenugreek in very high amounts can cause different symptoms, mostly a maple syrup smell and vaginal discharge which are harmless.
If you are going through menopause and have new libido or sexual desire, it may be extremely beneficial for you if you start consuming a minimum of two teaspoons a day of ground fenugreek seeds.
It’s more than enough.
Here is what you need to do:
Every morning, when you wake up, you need to drink a minimum of half a liter of water, then, simply have a filling breakfast.
When you are done, take one teaspoon of ground fenugreek seeds, you can buy them pre-ground as it’s more convenient, or you can simply grind them using a coffee or spice grinder, just remember to use it for a minimum of three minutes in order to get a very fine powder, this will increase nutrients’ absorption immensely.
Put this one teaspoon of ground fenugreek seeds in your mouth, don’t chew it, don’t try to taste it, it doesn’t smell nice, and simply swallow with enough water, then repeat.
At first, you may have gag reflexes, it’s very normal, so, if you don’t have a very strong stomach, try to start gradually, the first week, try to only use half a teaspoon of ground fenugreek seeds a day, then, increase this amount gradually, every two weeks.
You can also mix it with honey and drink it, whatever you do, just remember that you need to consume two teaspoons a day of ground fenugreek seeds.
Fenugreek Pills for Menopause
Fenugreek pills can also be used instead of ground fenugreek seeds, however, because there are so many brands which offer low-quality extracts, I really recommend that you do your own research and most importantly, that you read honest reviews in order to find out whether these pills can cause side effects or not because most extracts can be really dangerous for your liver and other vital organs.
If you want to use fenugreek pills instead of ground fenugreek seeds, you need to take a minimum of six capsules a day; preferably two in the morning after breakfast, two after lunch and two after dinner, always with a large amount of water in order to increase nutrient absorption.
The next reason why fenugreek is amazing at increasing libido is because it:
You may be surprised when I tell you that men and women’s sexual organs are very similar in many ways, for example the clitoris is highly similar to the penis in the fact that it’s filled with tiny blood vessels that transport oxygen and nutrients!
Now, when your cholesterol is too high, these tiny blood vessels are going to get clogged, this will prevent this vital pleasure organ from functioning normally.
On the long run, this is going to cause low libido and also very low sexual desires in both men and women.
Fenugreek is amazing, it’s going to reduce the levels of cholesterol dramatically and the antioxidants found in it are also going to keep the cholesterol molecules from oxidizing with oxygen and let me tell you that this oxidization is the one responsible for making cholesterol molecules stick and clog your arteries and blood vessels!
The following study https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20108903 concludes the following:
“These results revealed significant hypocholesterolemic (lowering cholesterol) effects and antioxidant activity in an ethyl acetate extract of fenugreek seed, which may be partly due to the presence of flavonoids, especially naringenin.”
Increasing Energy Levels
We all know that having high energy levels is associated with high libido, and vice versa!
When I was having low sex drive, I also noticed that my energy levels were down all the time, I only thought of sleeping and staying in bed all day long watching TV!
However, with the consumption of fenugreek, my energy levels started rising again.
The proof is that more and more athletes are taking fenugreek supplements daily in order to increase their workout sessions and physical training routines.
Indeed, a study by Poole et al. at the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition 2010, under the title: The effects of a commercially available botanical supplement on strength, body composition, power output, and hormonal profiles in resistance-trained males came to the following conclusion:
“… that 500 mg of this proprietary Fenugreek extraction had a significant impact on both upper- and lower-body strength and body composition in comparison to placebo in a double blind controlled trial. These changes were obtained with no clinical side effects.”
How to Use Fenugreek to Increase Libido
Fenugreek is truly amazing when it comes to women’s sex lives, libido and sex drive however, before you start taking it, you need to consult with your doctor as too much fenugreek can reduce blood glucose and may also interfere with the absorption of some pharmaceutical molecules.
For me, taking fenugreek on a daily basis using the amounts I’m going to recommend in this section is very safe, of course, there are some side effects, which we are going to talk about later in this post, but for the most part, they are really harmless.
Fenugreek Dosage for Libido
In the section, I’m going to reveal to you how much fenugreek to take for libido.
As with women who are going through menopause, taking two teaspoons a day of ground fenugreek seeds or six capsules of fenugreek supplements is going to make a huge positive difference in your sex drive and libido.
Fenugreek Side Effects for Females
First, I want to assure you that taking fenugreek seeds or fenugreek supplements from known brands is very safe as long as you do not exceed the recommended amounts I have just given in the previous section, however, you are going to notice some side effects, I just want you to understand that they are not dangerous.
Here are the most common side effects women are going to experience when taking fenugreek seeds or supplements:
- Maple syrup smell
- Vaginal discharge
- Delayed period
- Heavy flow
The last two side effects may seem very dangerous, trust me, they are not.
Women who are taking fenugreek on a daily basis are going to have thicker womb linings which will result in heavy menstruation and sometimes a delay of some few days.
This is very common, however, before taking fenugreek seeds, make sure to consult with your doctor.