Academic journal article The Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality

A Double-Blind Placebo-Controlled Study of ArginMax, a Nutritional Supplement for Enhancement of Female Sexual Function. (Sex Research Update)

Academic journal article The Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality

A Double-Blind Placebo-Controlled Study of ArginMax, a Nutritional Supplement for Enhancement of Female Sexual Function. (Sex Research Update)

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Ito, T.Y., Trant, A.S., & Polan, M.L. (2001). A double-blind placebo-controlled study of ArginMax, a nutritional supplement for enhancement of female sexual function. Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, 27, 541-549.

Ito, Trant, and Polan begin their research report by noting that female sexual dysfunction is more common than male sexual dysfunction. At present, there are few clinically effective, side-effect free, pharmaceutical therapies available to treat female sexual dysfunction. "Fully recognizing the complex and multidimensional nature of female sexual dysfunction, this study focuses on evaluating one important dimension--the role of nutritional supplementation in female sexual health" (p. 542). The authors conducted a double-blind placebo-controlled study of ArginMax, a nutritional supplement with ingredients that previous research suggests may enhance sexual function.

The sample for the study consisted of 77 women aged 22 to 71 years who expressed an "... interest in improving their current sexual function" (p. 544). Six of these women had been previously treated for sexual dysfunction. The study participants were randomly assigned to either take ArginMax (n=34) or a placebo (n=43) for a four week period. At baseline and four weeks, the subjects completed the Female Sexual Function Index. ArginMax includes the following ingredients: Koren ginseng, Ginko biloba, Damiana leaf, L-arginine, and a variety of vitamins. …

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