Acupuncture may help boost libido, experts say
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Researchers believe that acupuncture can help cure lack of libido in women, saying the Chinese treatment helped all of the women who participated in the research.
Twenty-four female volunteers – between the ages of 28 and 45 and with regular sexual partners – were recruited for the Chinese study, published in the journal Sexual Medicine in August.
All of the women involved had sexual dysfunction or persistent problems preventing a person from experiencing satisfaction in sexual activity, which is thought to affect approximately 43% of women and 31% of men in the United States.
For the research, which ran from October 2018 to February 2022, the women underwent two to three 30-minute sessions per week, with acupuncture needles inserted into the top of their head, stomach, upper above their ovaries, below their knee, on the ankle. , foot and lower back.
The women were asked to answer questions before and after acupuncture treatments, which the Mayo Clinic describes as a traditional Chinese medicine technique for balancing the flow of energy or life force in your body by applying needles to acupuncture in target areas of the body.
Using the Female Sexual Function Index, a way to measure how pleasurable and satisfying sex is for women, they assessed subjective sensation, sexual desire, sexual arousal, vaginal lubrication, orgasm, sexual satisfaction and dyspareunia (vaginal pain).
After treatment, all women saw an improvement in their FSFI scores. In fact, desire was the biggest improvement, with 23 out of 24 women saying they noticed a difference and 100% of the cohort saying they were more aroused.
Although it appears to be an effective treatment, experts at Zaozhuang Maternal and Child Health Care Hospital in Shandong, where the study took place, admitted they weren’t 100% sure why it seemed boost libido, but said they thought it had something to do with acupuncture increasing estrogen.
There are a variety of reasons for women’s lack of sexual desire, the Mayo Clinic noted, which can be affected by emotional well-being, pregnancy, menopause, illness, medications, or, in some circumstances, cancer. and other serious illnesses.
The questionnaire was scored out of a potential 36 points, with the total representing their FSFI. An FSFI score below 26.55 indicated a risk of sexual dysfunction.
Almost half of the participants (11 out of 24) said their FSFI scores had reached a “normal level”, showing an average increase from 18.5 to 26.3.
Although promising, researchers have warned that the treatment is to help symptoms – not cure sexual disorders – noting that it is still in its infancy to determine whether or not it is a cure. efficient. Limitations include small sample size and lack of more detailed controlled subgroups, including pre- and post-control study of sex hormones.
“In addition, all participants with [female sexual disorders] showed significant improvement, which could be due to the small sample size,” the study read. “As the sample size increases, the effective rate of improvement may decrease.”